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.

Details

  • Space is limited.
  • Non-scholarship seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applicants will be contacted within two weeks to confirm their registration status after submitting the online application form.

Fee

The course fee for all participants in 2019 is $695.

Costs cover:

  • instruction
  • training resources
  • a class picture
  • the provided meals for the week (daily continental breakfasts, Friday buffet breakfast, Monday through Thursday lunches, and an evening reception)

Curriculum

A diverse and experienced faculty of experts 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 utilized 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:

  • talent attraction
  • community assets and prioritization
  • leadership
  • data gathering and analysis
  • economic trends
  • state policy and resources

Accreditation

The Indiana EDC is accredited by the International Economic Development Council which accredits a number of Basic Economic Development Courses (BEDC) that provide the foundation for entry-level economic development practitioners, allied professionals, community leaders, and volunteers. The Indiana EDC and other EDC/BEDCs serve as the equivalent to IEDC’s Introduction to Economic Development Course for those interested in the CEcD Certification through IEDC. For information on other basic economic development courses accredited by the IEDC, visit their website.

About the Council

The International Economic Development Council is a membership organization that serves thousands of economic development professionals from around the world with unparalleled expertise and collective influence. IEDC develops policies to advance the profession of economic development and serves as a clearinghouse for information on local economic problems and solutions. It also fosters the interchange of ideas and education experiences.

Questions?

Contact Brian Blackford, project manager.

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IEDC
734 15th Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
202-223-7800
Fax 202-223-4745 
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Agenda

The following agenda is a basic outline for this year's course and is subject to change.

Monday
  • 9 a.m. – Registration
  • 10 a.m. – Welcome and Course Overview
  • 11 a.m. – Introduction to Economic Development
  • 12:15 p.m – Lunch and Learn
  • 1:45 p.m. – Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • 3:45 p.m. – Break
  • 4 p.m. – Professional Ethics
  • 6 p.m. – Adjourn
  • 7:15 a.m. – Horizon Convention Center: Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – Strategic Planning
  • 10 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – Data Analysis
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and Learn
  • 1:45 p.m. – Real Estate Development and Reuse
  • 3:45 p.m. – Break
  • 4 p.m. – ED Talks
  • 5:30 p.m. – Pictures and Reception

  • 7:15 a.m. – Horizon Convention Center: Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – Marketing and Attraction
  • 10 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – Business Retention and Expanion
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and Learn
  • 1:45 p.m. – Small Business Development
  • 3:45 p.m. – Break
  • 4 p.m. – Community/Neighborhood Development
  • 6 p.m. – Adjourn

  • 7:15 a.m. – Horizon Convention Center: Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – Economic Development Finance
  • 10 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – Leadership Perspectives
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and Learn
  • 1:45 p.m. – Workforce Development
  • 3:45 p.m. – Break
  • 4 p.m. – Comprehensive Community Wealth Framework
  • 5:30 p.m. – Paper Plate Awards
  • 6 p.m. - Adjourn
  • 7:15 a.m. – Horizon Convention Center: Full Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – Perspectives on the Local Economy
  • 9:15 a.m. – Break
  • 9:30 a.m. – Putting the Pieces Together and Professional Development
  • 11:30 a.m. – Graduation Ceremony
  • 12 p.m. - Adjourn

Location

The course is held annually at the Horizon Convention Center, located in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Directions to the facility from neighboring states are available on their website. Parking is complimentary and located off of Liberty & Howard streets. Lunch is catered in-house.

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Lodging, Dining, and Recreation

Due to unpredictable weather conditions in January, participants are encouraged to stay in one of Muncie's local hotels for the duration of the course. Both the Courtyard Marriott and Fairfield Inn are offering a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate for class participants. Information on other available lodging in the area can be found on the Muncie Visitors Bureau's website under “Where to Stay”.

Group Rate Accommodations

The Courtyard by Marriott, located in downtown Muncie and attached to the Horizon Convention Center, features a Starbucks and two dining options—the Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company and the Courtyard Bistro—among other amenities.

To secure a rate of $117 plus tax at the Courtyard by Marriott, call 765-287-8550 by 5 p.m. on December 14, 2018 and mention the the “Indiana Economic Development Course” or “Indiana Communities Institute.”

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements and for paying all related expenses.

Located along a commercial strip north of campus and near several dining options, the Fairfield Inn and Suites has an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

To secure a special rate of $85 plus tax, contact the hotel by 5 p.m. on December 20, 2018 at 765-282-6666 and mention the “Indiana Economic Development Course” or “Indiana Communities Institute.”

Participants are responsible for making all lodging arrangements and paying all related expenses.

Scholarships

This course is generously supported by a number of organizations dedicated to the development and prosperity of Indiana. The following utilities usually offer full, non-credit tuition scholarships to participants who reside in their Indiana service area. Please contact your provider directly to see if you qualify for one of these scholarships.

Duke Energy Indiana
Erin Schneider
(Duke's 2019 scholarships have been filled)

NIPSCO
Cindy Admave
219-647-5649

Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Bryan Brackemyre 
317-575-3879

Wabash Valley Power Association 
Brian Anderson 
317-481-2844

Indiana Michigan Power
Ashley Savieo 
260-408-3629

Sponsors

Many thanks to Duke Energy for their generous support of the “Lunch and Learn” series and evening reception.

Register

If you’re interested in attending our course, then please complete our online registration form.

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Cancellations

A full refund will be given if notice of cancellation is received by the specified date. No refund will be given for any cancellations received after that time.

Replacement participants may be accepted to the class with permission of the appropriate scholarship provider if applicable.

Scholarship recipients wishing to cancel their registration should inform the scholarship provider—in writing—of their intention, so that the scholarship might be awarded to someone else. Scholarship recipients who cancel after the refund deadline will be held personally responsible for the entire $695 course fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

This year course fee for all participants is $695.

The course fee covers instruction, instruction, training resources, a class picture and the provided meals for the week (daily continental breakfasts, Friday buffet breakfast, Monday through Thursday lunches and an evening reception).

Continental breakfast is served Tuesday through Thursday morning in the Horizon Convention Center from 7:15 a.m. through 8 a.m.

Although the menu will vary, this normally includes fresh fruit, rolls, muffins, bagels or donuts, coffee, tea, and fruit juices.

We will provide a hot, country-style buffet breakfast on Friday morning from 7:15 a.m. through 8 a.m.

Lunch will be provided on Monday through Thursday.

An evening reception typically occurs on Tuesday, but the timing is subject to change.

This course is generously supported by a number of organizations dedicated to the development and prosperity of Indiana.

See a list of utilities that offer full non-credit tuition scholarships to participants who reside in their Indiana service areas.

All program sessions will be held at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street, Muncie, Indiana.

A full refund will be given if notice of cancellation is received by the specified date. No refund will be given for any cancellations received after that time.

Replacement participants may be accepted to the class with permission of the appropriate scholarship provider if applicable.

Scholarship recipients wishing to cancel their registration should inform the scholarship provider—in writing—of their intention, so that the scholarship might be awarded to someone else. Scholarship recipients who cancel after the refund deadline will be held personally responsible for the entire $695 course fee.

Students attending the Indiana Economic Development Course are required to attend all sessions to successfully complete the course.

No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency, or business emergency.
If illness, family emergency, or business emergency forces a student to be absent more than 10 percent (three hours) of the course, credit cannot be granted.

If you must miss class, please see the course director ahead of time so your absence can be noted. No refunds can be given for time absent during the course.

Speakers are aware that there may be non-Indiana residents in the group, but presentations may still lean toward in-state and surrounding states' data.

If the demographics of your state vary significantly from Indiana, you may find some presentations less applicable, but all participants are welcome.

We are happy to provide special lunches for participants with food allergies and other dietary restrictions?

Please let us know on your registration form if you will need special accommodations. We cannot guarantee special meals if we are not made aware of your needs in advance.

The Horizon Convention Center offers free wireless internet service, but large amounts of Internet traffic can cause it to be intermittent.