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: July 15-19, 2019
COST: $500, includes Introduction to Economic Development, published by International Economic Development Council. A limited number of scholarships will be available for Minnesota residents. Learn more here.
Book a Special $140/night rate by using this link: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 11801 Fountains Way N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 Last day to book at this rate – June 24, 2019
A hotel shuttle is available daily between the hotel and Great River Energy; participants may also choose a 5-10 minute walk.
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 2019 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course.