The Annual Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) has been the first professional step for over 3,000 economic developers. This four-day conference encourages you to network with industry peers and experts, explore the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development, and transform into an influential local leaders as you immediately implement tools and skills you gain.
Concepts taught in this course revolve around five major themes: innovative community development, regional economics, basic factors in development, techniques of economic development, and trends in economic development
Economic developers who want to gain insight on trends impacting the profession and practice of economic development
How You Will Benefit
Develop a valuable network of fellow economic developers.
Learn from some of the most dynamic economic development leaders in the nation.
Be exposed to cutting edge economic development trends to help your community build for the future.
The Importance of Becoming Involved in Your State ED Association
Keynote Address: Disruptive Technologies
Panel Discussion: Community Impacts of Innovation Districts
Managing Economic Development Organizations
Managing Economic Development Organizations: Case Study
Real Estate and Reuse: How to Effectively Work with Site Selectors
Case Study: Ethics in Economic Development
Innovations in Economic Development Research
Economic Development Finance: A Practitioner's Perspective
Panel Discussion: Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
Workforce Development: Southwire/12 for Life
Economic Development Finance: Measuring the Impact of Development
Business Retention and Expansion
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development: An Entrepreneur's Perspective
Entrepreneurship and Small Business: SBDC
Economic Development Strategic Planning
How to Handle the Media
Ignite Session: Economic Development on the Ground
Disruptive Technologies on Future Economic Development
The Introduction to Economic Development manual is an optional purchase for this course. The cost of the manual is $30 when purchased in advance with online registration, and $55 (IEDC member) or $75 (IEDC non-member) if purchased directly from IEDC. A limited number of manuals will be available on a first-come first-served basis only for those participants registering on the first day of the course.
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Georgia Tech Professional Education allows working professionals and industry partners to access the expertise of a world-renowned technological research university. As an academic division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, we embrace the Georgia Tech values of integrity, excellence, impact, and innovation. These values drive every aspect of our programs.