Economic development in local government is all about improving the economy of an area, by attracting new businesses, encouraging investment opportunities, increasing job opportunities, promoting leisure and tourism and identifying opportunities for sustainable growth and development.
Local Economic Development Officers draw up local economic development strategies and implement actions to achieve all this.
- conducting research and consultations in order to write a local economic development strategies
- preparing reports
- providing advice for local entrepreneurs and business start-ups
- promote the development of tourism in the area
- encouraging sustainable business practices
- testifying at regulatory or legislative hearings concerning the estimated effects of changes in legislation or public policy
- good at managing finances?
- an excellent communicator?
- good at supervising projects?
- interested in economic development and regeneration?
- a strategic thinker?
A degree in one of the following: economics, planning, business studies, geography or estates management will be beneficial.
For example: you can do a Bachelor of Arts with subjects like Business Studies, Economics etc or you can do a Bachelor of Commerce which will offer other speciality subjects.
- UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND:
- UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA:
- UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE:
Offers degrees in Economic and Management Sciences
- NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY:
Offers various courses in Economics, Management and Logistics
- UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE:
Offers courses both in Economics and Economic Development