About the BEDC

The Basic Economic Development Course, taught at Georgia Tech for over 50 years, is the first step on the professional track of an economic developer. It provides a substantial introduction to the theory and fundamentals of comprehensive economic development. The formal instruction emphasizes the benefits and challenges of working within the economic development field, and the accomplishments that can be gained through constructive actions and partnerships with local leaders.  The course revolves around ten core topics:

  • Marketing and Attraction
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Small Business and Entrepreneur Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Real Estate Development and Reuse
  • Managing an Economic Development Organization
  • Ethics in the Economic Development Profession

The program is designed to serve the needs of those planning to enter the economic development field, new professionals with public and private agencies, chamber of commerce staff, public utilities personnel, local elected officials, and volunteers supporting economic development. For established professionals, it offers an opportunity to update their skills and expand their base of knowledge. All participants will enhance their network of contacts from around the country.

About the Enterprise Innovation Institute

The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute helps companies, entrepreneurs, economic developers, and communities improve their competitiveness through the application of science, technology, and innovation. It is one of the most comprehensive university-based programs of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization and economic development in the nation.

About the Center for Economic Development Research

The Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR) is a unit of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) at Georgia Tech with a mission to help communities and economic developers grow and thrive. CEDR uses a depth of research, planning, and implementation experience along with resources across the broader Georgia Tech community to provide cutting edge solutions for the innovation economy. To learn more about CEDR and the services that we offer, please contact Alan Durham at alan.durham@innovate.gatech.edu, or visit us at www.cedr.gatech.edu.