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Join us for the
2018 Indiana Economic Development Course,
January 8-12, 2018!

2018 course registration has closed. Thank you for your interest.

Does your job require you to have a robust understanding of economic development? Do you make decisions that impact your local or regional economy and quality of life? Offered annually for more than 30 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the State of Indiana—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities. 

IEDClogoblackThis course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). It fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the examinations for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. Successful completion also qualifies participants for admission to the Economic Development Institute. 

 2018 course registration has closed.

Course Curriculum

A diverse and experienced faculty of practitioners and academicians covers the key elements of economic development. The curriculum, shared by other "basic" courses sanctioned throughout the United States and Canada, is augmented by state- and region-specific subject matter. Case studies are incorporated into this course to ensure real-world practicality and hands-on learning.

The core curriculum covers the following:

  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Professional ethics
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing/business attraction
  • Economic development finance
  • Small business and entrepreneurship development
  • Community/neighborhood development
  • Real estate development and reuse
  • Workforce development

Other topics for the course include:

  • Site selection
  • Primacy of Place
  • Talent attraction, cultivation, and retention
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Economic trends
  • State policy and resources

Questions?  Contact Brian Blackford, project manager.

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