Basic Economic Development Course

Course Dates:  September 10 – September 13, 2018    Register Now


Course Fees:  $650.00   (includes: one lunch, one dinner, registration to CEDA Awards (meal) and continental breakfast)   Scholarships maybe available. To request information on scholarships, please email:

Location: Classes will be held at University of Wisconsin – Extension Pyle Center, 702 Landon St. Madison, WI 53706

Hotel: Lowell Hall, 610 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53703     Basic Economic Development Course Room Block

  • Government Agency – BASECON2-10 GR (GOVT RATE)
  • Private and Non Profit – BASECON-10 GR (UNIV RATE)

Who Should Attend?  Economic developers, public officials, and others involved in economic development who want and intensive “basic” overview of economic development concepts, methods, strategies and practices.

What will be covered: 

  • What is economic development and what is the role of an economic developer.
  • Managing a local economic development organization.
  • Ethics
  • Growing from within – small business development & entrepreneurship.
  • Marketing & attraction
  • Community & neighborhood development
  • Strategic planning for economic development
  • Workforce Development
  • Business Finance
  • Real estate development & reuse

About the Course:

Graduation from the Basic Development Course fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council.

The Basic Economic Development Course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice will be taught by professionals who have earned the CEcD designation and members of the University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. The course will begin mid afternoon on Monday and end at 2:30 pm on Thursday. In order to receive full IEDC certification credit for this course and a certificate indicating course completion, participants must attend the entire course and stay through the final session on the last day. Please make travel plans accordingly.

Hosted by: 

University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development  in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

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