Basic Economic Development Course

 The course is currently at capacity. Please contact us at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

September 25-28, 2023

Great River Energy Headquarters, 12300 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

This course will meet in-person for 4 days; there is no virtual component. Students must attend the whole course to receive credit towards IEDC certification.

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The course is limited to 50 participants and filled quickly last year.
If the course reaches capacity, please contact us at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. Those taking the course for credit towards IEDC certification may be given preference on the waiting list; please indicate when you email whether you plan to pursue IEDC certification.


This course provides intensive training in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. It is designed for those new to the field, as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills. A diverse and experienced faculty provide a blend of theory and practice.

Participants will study the core building blocks of economic development, including:
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Finance for Economic Development
  • Marketing & Business Attraction
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
  • Workforce Development
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Ethics



International Economic Development CouncilThe course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Graduation from the BEDC fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) through lEDC. For more information on IEDC and certification, visit Phone number: (202) 223-7800



2023 Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsor


International Economic Development Council

Economic Development Association of Minnesota