Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course

Course Description

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



Course ID: EDEV 1000P
Course Format: Classroom

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Available Classroom Sections

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15449 Mar 10, 2015 Mar 13, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $675
16309 Mar 8, 2016 Mar 11, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $750
16594 Mar 21, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, GA $775

Who Should Attend

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
  • Workforce Development
  • 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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For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Samuel Houser Pugh