Charlie Walker, President/CEO of the Chippewa County Wisconsin’s economic development corporation completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program (AEDL) and received a Master Practitioner Diploma in economic development. After five years in the making four of the nation’s leading universities— The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Southern Mississippi—came together to create the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program and Master Practitioner Diploma.


The AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by the four partner universities to explore economic development subjects that impact communities and states across the U.S. Utilizing nationally known site selection consultants, business leaders, subject experts and university professors, this world-class faculty covered economic development topics of superior negotiation, communication, workforce talent/education, project management, community development, influencing change, international trade/foreign direct investment and other key subjects that have an influence on the economic development profession and their outcomes.


“It is was an honor to be among forty-two economic developers across the nation selected to participate in the inaugural program and awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma,” noted Charlie Walker, “the AEDL and outstanding classmates certainly improved my skill sets and professional knowledge which will aid in leading Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation through a rapidly increasing competitive environment.”