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2024 Basic Economic Development Course

2024 Basic Economic Development Course
June 10 - 13, 2024
ETEC Center at the University at Albany

1220 Washington Ave Suite 146, Albany, NY 12226

Held in June, the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) introduces attendees to the practices of a broad economic development program. Through instruction, peer learning, and case studies, the New York BEDC offers a comprehensive educational experience in economic development fundamentals.

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals and volunteers relatively new to the development field. Attendees will learn best practices to help prepare their communities for business retention and expansion, business attraction, and grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The course focuses on the development, organization, and operation of economic development activities in both the public and private sectors. The faculty of the BEDC is comprised of seasoned practitioners and consultants recognized for their experience and expertise across economic development practice. The course also highlights leading national and international trends and best practices in economic development.

The New York Basic Economic Development Course meets the core requirements prerequisite for practitioners who wish to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential issued by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). To learn more about CEcD certification, visit the IEDC website. The Basic Economic Development course is equivalent to 3 credits in Applied Economic Development, a graduate level course at SUNY Empire State University's Masters in Community, and Economic Development program.

The course addresses four basic themes:
  • Concepts of economic development
  • Trends in economic development
  • Development location
  • Practical techniques and best practices of successful development
The course is designed for staff and volunteer leaders of:
  • Local, regional, and community Economic Development organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Chambers of commerce
  • State agencies
  • Planners
  • Utilities
  • Workforce Investment Boards (WIB)


Basic Economic Development Course Registration
Member Rate:                             $650.00 
Future Member Rate:             $700.00

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Email Stephanie Cavalier or call 518.426.4058 for more information.

Hotel Information

Book your group rate for NYSEDC Basic Economic Development Course

Residence Inn Albany Washington Avenue - $114 per night from Sunday, June 9, 2024 through Thursday, June 13, 2024. Last day to book, Friday, May 24, 2024.  Click here to book your room.

 ETEC Center at the University at Albany
1220 Washington Ave Suite 146, Albany, NY 12226


2024 Course Syllabus

Monday, June 10, 2024

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Registration & Check-In  

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Course Introduction, Subject Overview & The Case Study - Christa Franzi, Camoin Associates

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 Community Development in Theory & Practice – PART 1 - Mark Waterhouse

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Afternoon Break - Pre-Function Space

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

 Community Development in Theory & Practice – PART II - Mark Waterhouse

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

8:45 am - 10:15 am

 Marketing Your Community to Talent & Prospects, Hanna Gbordzoe, DCI

10:15 am - 10:30 am

 Morning Break - Pre-Function Space

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Organizational Leadership: Developing and Managing an Economic Development Office,
Ashley Mohl, Capitalize Albany

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Working Lunch - Pre-Function Space

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Workforce Development and Its Essential Role in Economic Development, Brian Williams, Capital Region Workforce Development Board and Therese Daly, NYATEP

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break - Pre-Function Space

2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Financial Packaging and Incentives, Patrick Kelly, St. Lawrence County IDA

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Case Study Discussion, Christa Franzi, Camoin Associates

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Growing Global Economy and the Role of the Economic Developer by Kathryn Bamberger, ESD

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Morning Break - Pre-Function Space

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development, Ross Pancoe, Pursuit Lending; Kate Baker, UAlbany Small Business Development Center

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Working Lunch - Pre-Function Space

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Business Retention and Expansion, Sarah Lee, Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business  

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Break - Pre-Function Space

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Equity and Inclusion in Economic Development,  Dr. Juhanna Rogers, Center State CEO

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Case Study Team Work 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Real Estate Development & Reuse, Ray Gillen, Schenectady Metroplex

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Working Lunch – Pre-Function space

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Case Study Presentations & Certificate Presentations