SEDAC and University of Delaware Host Economic Gardening Network on May 5

Are you interested in seeing Sussex County business and job creation grow? Are you involved in economic development issues affecting southern Delaware communities?

Then join the University of Delaware Coastal Community Initiative and Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) for a combined networking and workshop featuring the special presentation “Economic Gardening” by Christine Hamilton Pennell, president of economic development consulting and training firm Growing Local Economies.

The event will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Cordrey Center, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free to attend, this special network-shop is a perfect opportunity to mingle with area business people and economic development officials, as well as receive interactive training to help you grow business in your community.

Christine Hamilton Pennell has a long history of community economic development, formerly as Economic Intelligence Specialist for Littleton, Colorado and currently provided training and consulting to both national and international community and business groups. She will discuss the concept of Economic Gardening, an entrepreneurial approach to business growth utilizing information, infrastructure and strategic connections to foster local entrepreneurial development. The network-shop will include opportunities for attendees to have direct participation and interaction to provide enhanced take-away knowledge.

The May 5 network-shop is also an opportunity to meet SEDAC board members and learn more about upcoming events and offerings developed by this dynamic group. Formed in 2008, SEDAC is a coalition of southern Delaware’s business, government and education leaders focused on creating resources and programs to support self-sustaining, long-term economic growth in Sussex County. A 501(c)(3) corporation, SEDAC provides an intersection of public policy and private commerce to foster job and wealth creation for Sussex County.

There is no charge to attend the Economic Gardening network-shop, but pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments and beverages will be available. To learn more information, contact Michele Walfred at the University of Delaware Coastal Community Initiative, or call her at (302) 856-2585 x 550.  Or register here!

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