Sankey graduates from OU Economic Development Institute


Susan Sankey, executive director of the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) at the OU Spring session this year.

OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program that 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.”

Susan’s graduation from this prestigious program brings advanced skills and innovative strategies that will foster, grow, and attract, to enhance community development. Her enhanced expertise positions Gonzales to capitalize on emerging economic opportunities and navigate the challenges of modern economic landscapes effectively.

OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 62nd year of service to the economic 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.

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