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Event Registration - New York State Economic Development Council
2024 Basic Economic Development Course
6/10/2024 - 6/13/2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Location: ETEC Center at the University at Albany

Registration ends on 5/31/2024

Event Description
Held in June, the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) introduces attendees to the practices of a broad economic development program. Through instruction, peer learning, and case studies, the New York BEDC offers a comprehensive educational experience in economic development fundamentals. This year's event will be at the ETEC Center at the University at Albany.

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals and volunteers relatively new to the development field. Attendees will learn best practices to help prepare their communities for business retention and expansion, business attraction, and grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The course focuses on the development, organization, and operation of economic development activities in both the public and private sectors. The faculty of the BEDC is comprised of seasoned practitioners and consultants recognized for their experience and expertise across economic development practice. The course also highlights leading national and international trends and best practices in economic development.

The New York Basic Economic Development Course meets the core requirements prerequisite for practitioners who wish to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential issued by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). To learn more about CEcD certification, visit the IEDC website. The Basic Economic Development course is equivalent to 3 credits in Applied Economic Development, a graduate level course at SUNY Empire State University's Masters in Community, and Economic Development program.

The course addresses four basic themes:
  • Concepts of economic development
  • Trends in economic development
  • Development location
  • Practical techniques and best practices of successful development
The course is designed for staff and volunteer leaders of:
  • Local, regional, and community Economic Development organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Chambers of commerce
  • State agencies
  • Planners
  • Utilities
  • Workforce Investment Boards (WIB)