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2020 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course (Online)
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/1/2020 to 10/29/2020
When: October 1, 8, 22, 29
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Shelby Couch
(952) 928-4640

Online registration is closed.
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This course has been converted to an online offering due to COVID-19. The sessions will be live online, not pre-recorded. Networking opportunities with other students and faculty members and carefully-selected videos will be integrated throughout the course.


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.Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course will be held online in October.

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


Registration, Cost & Scholarships

$500, includes Introduction to Economic Development, published by International Economic Development Council.
A limited number of scholarships are available for Minnesota economic development professionals through the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation. Apply by July 31 at

It is important to register for the course when you apply for a scholarship. If you do NOT receive a scholarship, and are unable to attend the course, you will receive a full refund. Scholarship recipients who pay the full registration fee will receive a refund for the scholarship portion of their payment once they have been awarded.

The course is limited to 50 participants and filled quickly last year. If the course reaches capacity, please submit your contact information via the REGISTER button above and scroll down on the next page to follow the steps to be added to the waiting list.  


4 Thursdays in October with a one-week pause for MEA break: October 1, 8, 22, 29
Approximately 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, with breaks (exact time varies by day)


Presenting Sponsor

The Upper Midwest BEDC is sponsored by the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation




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