Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.
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.
About the course
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.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BECOMING INVOLVED IN YOUR STATE ED ASSOCIATION
COMMUNITY IMPACTS OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS
REAL ESTATE AND REUSE
- How to effectively work with site selectors
- 12 for Life
- 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
- International Economic Development Council (EDC)
- Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
Alan Durham serves as a Project Manager with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) in the Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR). Prior to joining CEDR, Alan worked as an Economic Development Director with city and county governments to accomplish economic development and ...