About the BEDC

March 21-24, 2017

The Basic Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, now in its 50th year, 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.

This program meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Each participant completing the course successfully will earn 3.2 CEUs. You may request a certificate of completion showing the number of CEUs you have earned by calling (404) 385-3514.

The Introduction to Economic Development manual is an optional purchase for this course.  The cost of the manual is $30 when purchased in advance with online registration, and $55 (IEDC member) or $75 (IEDC non-member) if purchased directly from IEDC.  A limited number of manuals will be available on a first-come first-served basis only for those participants registering on the first day of the course.

Attendance Policy

Adopted by the IEDC Board of Regents, September 12, 1982

Students attending Basic Economic Development Courses and the Economic Development Institute shall be required to be present at all classes offered to receive credit for the course or year. 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 from more than ten (10) percent of the course or year, the course or year must be repeated for credit to be granted.

This policy of the Board of Regents shall be printed in course materials and verbally reviewed by course directors or class directors at the beginning of each course or year.


Business Emergency – One in which a client, the superior of a student, or an elected officer of his/her organization contacts the course director or dean of the institute with a request for resolving a business need.

Family Emergency – Serious illness of spouse, child, or parents; death of an immediate family member (grandparents, parents, spouse, children).

Illness – Sickness which is serious enough to require the services of a physician.

Leeway – Some leeway for judgment is provided to course or class directors.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive full credit for this course and a certificate indicating course completion, participants must stay until the final session on the last day. Please make travel plans accordingly.

Refund, Transfer, & Substitution Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail, fax, or mail) 10 or more business days prior to a course start date for a full refund. If canceled less than 10 business days prior to a course start date, no refund will be issued.

Students may request a transfer to another course of equal or lesser value. This request must be received in writing (e-mail, fax, or mail) 10 or more business days prior to the original course start date. A transfer will not be granted if the student request is received less than 10 business days prior to the original course start date.

Substitutions may be made upon written approval from the original registrant.

About 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 Leigh Hopkins at ude.hcetagnull@snikpoh.hgiel, or visit us at www.cedr.gatech.edu.