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Purdue’s Center for Regional Development will take its experts on the road to Columbus next week, offering information about “Transforming Your Local Economy.”

The session, part of a statewide series, is sponsored by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Bartholomew County Office — Purdue University Extension and the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center.

It is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. April 4 at the chamber training room, 500 Franklin St.

Community leaders, elected officials and others working in economic development will learn about programs available in Indiana and around the nation that help businesses work together to improve economic conditions, said Blayr Barnard, regional director for the center.

Purdue Center for Regional Development Director Bo Beaulieu and Senior Associate Michael Wilcox will talk about how to approach community and regional development, how to foster entrepreneurship, how to determine if your community is ready and the resources communities will need.

Barnard described the session as an introduction to the varied programs community leaders and economic development experts can use to create a new framework for building on existing talent and economic strengths.

The session will teach participants how to use industry data and federal resources to encourage collaboration between cities on a more regional basis. That kind of collaboration can lead to more opportunities, according to the presenters.

Similar sessions are being offered in Brookville, Greensburg and Batesville, Barnard said.

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