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Speaker Bio-Alysia Cook

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Alysia Cook is Principal of Opportunity Strategies LLC, a customized training, professional facilitation, and strategic planning firm in Austin, Texas.


Her specific skills include performing organization operations audits, professional facilitation, the design and delivery of strategic plans, and board member development.  She has extensive experience developing strategic plans for tourism & destination marketing organizations, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, downtowns, local and state governments, associations, and other non-profits.  She has designed and presented hundreds of training programs for elected officials, community leaders, adult and youth leadership groups, business owners, staff, and volunteers.  Her programs are designed to improve operations and relations within organizations, as well as prepare communities to attract and retain quality businesses.

Alysia is an international public speaker. She has been in community & economic development for 23 years, serving many communities worldwide and training over 1800 community professionals.  She has led the public input process for numerous town hall meetings and public hearings for economic/community development and strategic planning projects.  For five years, she served as a curriculum developer and instructor while a member of the faculty of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, an 8-day regional training program encouraging multi-county collaboration throughout the State of Georgia.  She has served as a curriculum developer and instructor at the Texas Basic Economic Development Course for the past 12 years.  She is a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE,) the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC,) the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE,) and serves as a board member on the Texas Downtown Association (TDA.)  She has completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Alysia graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.  She is a 1994 graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course at Texas A&M University, a 1997 graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma, a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM/Chamber Institute,) and a 2009 graduate of Community Development Institute (CDI.)  Alysia earned her Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED) certification in 2009 from the Community Development Council.

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