Indy Partnership Business Development Manager Paula VanDeVanter Completes Continuing Education Training

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2010) — Paula VanDeVanter, business development manager for Indy partnership, has recently completed Session II of the Economic Development Institute conducted by the University of Oklahoma in Indianapolis.

The institute is a three session program, each one week long, which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. The program is accredited by the International Economic Development Council, of which Indy Partnership is a member.

“The seminars I have taken so far are interesting and they really helped me to see the broader economic development picture – which is difficult to see sometimes when buckled down and working to meet daily deadlines,” VanDeVanter said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn some new approaches to my work as well as the networking opportunities with other students.”

Economic Development Institute classes focus on three major core areas: Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate, and finance, as well as areas of concentration in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students complete 117 hours of instruction selected from more than 50 seminars, workshops and discussion groups.

“Paula is a critical member of the Indy Partnership business development team and it’s important for her to continue learning and growing her economic development skills,” said Ron Gifford, president and CEO of Indy Partnership. “As one of the recognized top economic development groups in the country, Indy Partnership values continuing education and supports efforts by our professional staff to enhance their knowledge base.”

About The Indy Partnership
The Indy Partnership is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to the Indianapolis Region—10 central Indiana counties including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, and Shelby counties. Indy Partnership offers key services to businesses looking to expand or relocate, including point of contact for business development leads, incentives assistance, business research and demographic data, and regional marketing. Visit for more information.