Program & Policies

BEDC at Georgia Tech

Join economic developers from around the country who want to gain insight on trends impacting the profession and practice of economic development. You’ll benefit as you:

  • Develop a valuable network of fellow economic developers.
  • Learn from some of the most dynamic economic development leaders in the nation.
  • Be exposed to cutting edge economic development trends to help your community build for the future.

The Introduction to Economic Development manual is an optional purchase for this course.  The cost of the manual is $50 when purchased in advance with online registration, and $60 (IEDC member) or $85 (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.