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Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course

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Description

The Annual Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) has been the first professional step for over 3,000 economic developers. This four-day conference encourages you to network with industry peers and experts, explore the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development, and transform into an influential local leader as you immediately implement tools and skills you gain. For more information, please visit the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course website.

What You Will Learn

  • Innovative community development
  • Regional economics
  • Basic factors in development
  • Techniques of economic development
  • Trends in economic development

How You Will Benefit

  • Develop a valuable network of fellow economic developers.
  • Learn from some of the most dynamic economic development leaders in the nation.
  • Be exposed to cutting-edge economic development trends to help your community build for the future.

Coursw Content

THE IMPORTANCE OF BECOMING INVOLVED IN YOUR STATE ED ASSOCIATION

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

COMMUNITY IMPACTS OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS

REAL ESTATE AND REUSE

  • How to effectively work with site selectors

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Southwire
  • 12 for Life

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Economic development marketing and attraction
  • How to measure the impact of development
  • A practitioner's perspective
  • Strategic planning
  • Economic development on the ground
  • Disruptive technologies on future economic development
  • Ethics in economic development
  • Innovations in economic development research
  • How to manage economic development organizations

BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • An entrepreneur's perspective
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

HOW TO HANDLE THE MEDIA

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

  • International Economic Development Council (EDC)
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)

Who should attend

This course is designed for economic developers who want to gain insight on trends impacting the profession and practice of economic development.

Experts

Leigh is a project manager with Startup Ecosystems group at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Leigh worked in private consulting on planning and community development projects and in the public sector as a senior urban planner for the City of Atl...
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