New Economic Development Course director named

Penn State Harrisburg’s nationally accredited Economic Development Course has named Christopher Gulotta as its new director.

Gulotta has more than 32 years of experience in economic and community development. Currently, he is the principal of The Gulotta Group, LLC, a consulting firm that provides training and technical assistance to community development and housing professionals.  Previously, Gulotta served as the executive director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of Cumberland County from 1980-2010.  A graduate of Dickinson College and Dickinson School of Law, he also holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning Penn State.

The Economic Development Course is available through Penn State Harrisburg’s Economic Development Research and Training Center and is one of 26 in the nation accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The course enrolls full-time economic development practitioners and other business development professionals, teaching participants theoretical and practical approaches to economic development.  Course completion qualifies participants for admission to the Economic Development Institute program, also sponsored by the IEDC, and prepares participants for the IEDC’s Certified Economic Development exam.

During its 26-year history, the course has graduated more than 1,000 participants.

For more information, contact Nicole Sturges, course administrator, at or 717-948-6117, or visit

Penn State Harrisburg is an undergraduate college and graduate school of The Pennsylvania State University. Located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, the college enrolls more than 4,350 students.