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Basic Economic Development Course


Interested in learning more about the 2022 event or sponsorship opportunities for the Basic Economic Development Course? Contact Kelli Gormley at for more information.

Held traditionally 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 addresses four basic themes:The course is designed for staff and volunteer leaders of:The course focuses on the development, organization, and operation of economic development activities in both the public and private sectors.

The faculty of the New York 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.