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2020 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course
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 Export to Your Calendar 4/27/2020 to 5/1/2020
When: April 27, 2020, 8:00 am - May 1, 2020, 12:00 pm
8:00 AM
Where: Great River Energy Headquarters
12300 Elm Creek Boulevard
Maple Grove, Minnesota  55369
United States
Contact: Rhea Sullivan
(952) 928-4640

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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 during the five-day course.

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
  • Infrastructure and utilities
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Ethics


The 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

Course Location

Great River Energy Campus

Participants will enjoy the comfortable, light-filled spaces at Great River Energy’s LEED Platinum Certified Corporate headquarters.




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