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Basic Economic Development Course

The 2021 NYSEDC Basic Economic Development Course will be held in-person June 21-24 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York.
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Interested in 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.

2021 Basic Economic Development Course Developing Agenda
June 21-24
Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY

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Hotel Reservation Information (if needed)
The Desmond Hotel
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660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211

Phone: 518-869-8100

Please make your reservations directly through the hotel by calling 518-869-8100.

Room Rate: $135 per night (plus taxes and fees). Breakfast is included for guests of The Desmond.

Group Name: NYSEDC 2021 Basic Economic Development Course.

Registration Information:

**Registration for this conference does not include lodging, dinner or transportation.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation before May 10 - Full Refund

Cancellation on/after May 10 -  Subject to 50% processing fee

After May 28, NO REFUND will be given


Monday, June 21 

12:30pm-1:00pm  Registration 

1:00pm-1:30pm Course Introduction & The Case Study 

1:30pm-3:00pm Class 

3:00pm-3:15pm  Break 

3:15pm-6:15pm Class 

Tuesday, June 22 

8:45am-10:15am  Class 

10:15am-10:30am Break 

10:30am-12:30pm Class 

12:30pm-1:30pm Working Lunch  

1:30pm-2:30pm Class 

2:30pm-2:45m  Break 

2:45pm-3:45pm Class 

3:45pm-5:30pm  Case Study Discussion  

Dinner (on own)  


Wednesday, June 23 
8:00am-10:00am Class 

10:00am-10:15am Break 

10:15am-12:15pm Class 

12:15pm-1:15pm Working Lunch  

1:15pm-3:15pm Class 

3:15pm-3:30pm Break 

3:30pm-5:30pm Class 

Case Study Work & Dinner (on own) 


Thursday, June 24 

8:00am-12:00pm Class 

12:00pm-1:30pm Working Lunch 

1:30pm-3:30pm Case Study Presentations 


2021 Sponsors: