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Murray State, area organizations present Women in Economic Development Conference Series

The Murray State University Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, alongside the Lake Barkley Partnership, Greater Paducah Economic Development and Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, present the inaugural Women in Economic Development Conference Series this October and November.

The virtual series is designed to facilitate networking, professional development and collaboration among women in Kentucky’s economic development world. Each event will connect participants with their peers and provide information about available resources through presentations and group discussions.

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. (MSU photo)

Murray State Regent Virginia Gray will kick off the series Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. Series topics will include working with elected officials to navigate challenging projects, economic development resources, changing trends in the industry and how to prepare for them, different strategies of economic development, resources for economic development and future plans and events for the group.

“This event will draw together women from across the region and the state and in doing so, will provide an opportunity to establish contacts and relationships for support and growth,” said Chris Wooldridge, Director of the Murray State Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development housed in the Bauernfeind College of Business. “We are so very excited to be a partner in supporting economic development in the region and more so in supporting professional women advancing this field.”

“There are so many women in the field of economic development; we just need a space to connect and share our energy and enthusiasm for our profession,” said Lake Barkley Partnership Executive Director Amanda Davenport. “I am very excited for this conference to bring together such a great group of professionals to share our perspectives, ideas and strategies on economic development in our communities.”

A full schedule is below. Each event is free and open to the public; learn more and register at bit.ly/EconDevSeries.

• Oct. 15 — Kick off with Virginia Gray

• Oct. 22 — Resources

• Oct. 29 — Roundtable discussions

• Nov. 5 — Economic development resources presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority

From Murray State University

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