The Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course provides intensive training in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. The course 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.
WHEN: April 27-May 1, 2020
2020 Upper Midwest BEDC flyer
COSTS AND 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 February 21 and you will be notified by March 16. Apply here.
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, cancel by April 1 to 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.
Register early! The course is limited to 45 participants and filled quickly last year.
Cancellation: Cancellations must be received by Friday, April 10 to receive a refund.
HOTEL: Book a Special $134/night rate by using this link: Staybridge Suites 7821 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369. Last day to book at this rate – April 6, 2020.
Participants flying into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may choose to take a taxi, SuperShuttle or ride-sharing service from the airport to the hotel.
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
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.
The Upper Midwest BEDC is sponsored by the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation.
The MN Economic Development Foundation is pleased to recognize its Partners and Sponsors for the 2020 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course.