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Our own Yanet Lopez graduates from OUEDI

Yanet Lopez graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) on October 20, 2022 at the OU EDI Fall session.

OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. Barry Matherly, CEcD and Dean for OU EDI, said, “OU Economic Development Institute is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals. These graduates have invested in improving their professional capabilities to support their local communities. Congratulations to all.”

OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 60th year of service to the Oureconomic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the program has trained 6,000 professionals and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher. “The entire program was a fantastic experience. I'm very thankful for the many instructors, mentors, and staff for creating a dynamic environment to learn about the various disciplines and trends in Economic Development. It offered great opportunities to network with diverse economic developers from all over the USA.” said Yanet Lopez, research manager from TheLINK Economic Development Alliance.

OU EDI provides economic developers with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today’s constantly changing environment. In addition to classwork, students receive the benefit of a strong mentoring program and opportunities to expand their professional network. Students typically take 1-2 years to complete the program through a series of intensive in-person or online courses.

For more information about the OU Economic Development Institute, its courses and internationally recognized certificate program, please contact 405-325-3136 or


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