Basic Economic Development Course

2024 Course
September 23-27, 2024
Duluth, MN


StudentsMinnesota Economic Development Foundation logoThe Basic Economic Development Course provides comprehensive training in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. A diverse and experienced faculty provide a blend of theory and practice.  The course is designed for those new to the field, as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills including:
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Public officials or staff engaged in economic development
  • Members of local development organizations
The Minnesota offering of this course is coordinated by the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation  and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). It fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Examination. Scholarships are available for Minnesota economic development practitioners through the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation.

The Basic Economic Development Course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Finance for Economic Development
  • Marketing & Business Attraction
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community & Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Real Estate Development & Reuse
  • Workforce Development
  • Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Housing, Childcare & Broadband
  • Ethics


The Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course is typically held in October/November. Check the event calendar for details.

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EDAM’s partner, the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation, offers scholarships to qualifying Minnesota course attendees.

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For more information about the Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course, please contact us.

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