Friday, August 09, 2013

Macomber Receives Economic Development Certification; Switches from Business to Community Development

Contact: Kathy Macomber, community development specialist
Tel: (417) 682-3579

LAMAR, Mo. -- Kathy Macomber, a community development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC) in July.

Certification is a designation given to individuals who successfully complete an intensive economic development finance training series that is conducted by NDC.  The courses provide individuals working in the field of economic development with training in credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs.

Each of the courses are five days in length and end with a written review that must be passed before a certification candidate is allowed to continue in the EDFPP program.  When a candidate has completed the entire series, a comprehensive examination is given.

The New York based National Development Council was established in 1972 and is a private non-profit corporation, which specializes in economic/housing development, training, and technical assistance for economic/housing development.  NDC has provided training to approximately 50,000 development people working in the field of economic and housing development.  Participants come from many diverse groups:  city and state governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, professional organizations and bankers.


Macomber officially began her new role as a community development specialist on July 1. She will continue to be headquartered in Barton County and have community development responsibilities in Jasper, Dade, Vernon and Cedar counties.

“With Kathy’s departure from business development, the west side of the region will be covered by the SBTDC at Missouri Southern University in Joplin.  Over the next few months details of that arrangement will be provided to county councils in that area.  This will affect Barton, Jasper, Dade, Lawrence, Newton, McDonald, and Barry counties,” said Jay Chism regional director for MU Extension in southwest Missouri.

As a community development specialist, Macomber will work with local residents to address a wide range of community issues. Areas of focus include economic development, healthy communities, leadership development, community emergency management, and local government assistance. Specialties include designing and delivering quality educational programs, facilitating the development of grassroots community projects, group facilitation and mediation, coalition building, project management, strategic planning, grant writing, evaluation, and administration.


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