2023 Basic Economic Development Course

Course Dates: May 1 - 4, 2023

Location: Classes will be held in Green Bay, WI at the Oneida Nation-owned Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

Who Should Attend? Economic developers, public officials, young professionals in economic development or related industries, ACRE alumni, members of Wisconsin’s EDB Coalition, and others who want an intensive "basic" overview of economic development concepts, methods, strategies, and practices.  

What Will Be Covered:

  • What is economic development and what is the role of an economic developer
  • Managing a local economic development organization
  • Ethics
  • Growing from within - small business development & entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & attraction
  • Community & neighborhood development
  • Strategic planning for economic development
  • Workforce development
  • Business finance
  • Real estate development & reuse

About The Course:

Graduation from the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. The BEDC is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice of economic development and will be taught by many of Wisconsin's top economic development professionals. The course will begin mid afternoon on Monday and end at 12:00 PM on Thursday. In order to receive full IEDC certification credit for this course and a certificate indicating course completion, participants must attend the entire course and stay through the final session on the last day. Please make travel plans accordingly.

BEDC Tuition:

The fee for the four-day course is $749 for WEDA members and $999 for non-members. A limited number of BEDC scholarships of up to $400 may be available for the 2023 course. For more information about scholarships, please contact WEDA at mperry@weda.org

Hotel Information: Special Group Rate: $129 Call 800-333-3333 or the hotel direct at 920-494-7300. In order to receive the group rate, ask for a room in the Basic Economic Development Course room block.

Hosted by: The BEDC is hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Wisconsin Economic Development Association.