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IEDC Professional Development

IEDC is the world leader in economic development education and training. Every year thousands rely on our practical education tools to expand their economic development knowledge, effectiveness and gain professional recognition. Download IEDC's 2014 Professional Development brochure.

IEDC's nearly 50 annual state-of-the-profession training programs and events across North America deliver the very latest economic development information and the profession's best thinking. Here is a brief description of our classroom courses, webinars, conferences, accreditation programs and other professional development resources:

Economic Development Training Courses

Offered throughout the year and across North America, IEDC's in-person economic development training courses are the leading source of education for economic developers at any experience level. Addressing economic development essentials as well as specialized issues, IEDC's instruction is live, interactive and delivers a national perspective with a focus on real life experiences, best practices and practical tools.

Accredited Education Programs

IEDC accredits more than 20 institutions and organizations to conduct Basic Economic Development Courses. Offered throughout the country, these basic courses serve the needs of those planning a career in economic development as well as non-economic development professionals seeking an authoritative overview of the field.

The University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute provides IEDC accredited advanced training to professionals in the field.


IEDC's 90-minute live webinars are interactive education sessions on topical and timely subjects. Because we charge registration fees by site only, our web seminars are an economical way for you and your staff to learn from experts. These real-time presentations bring to your office live presenters, visuals and Q & A opportunities.


IEDC's four yearly conferences are packed with dozens of educational, provocative and practical economic development sessions. In a one place within just a few days, attendees hear, see and learn about the very latest and best thinking and expertise in the field. The very highly rated learning value of IEDC's conferences draws many conference attendees back year after year.

Certified Economic Developer Program

IEDC's Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program delivers the tools to become and be recognized as one of the economic development field's best. Obtaining CEcD accreditation rewards practitioners who have met demanding requirements for professional experience, education and test-proven economic development knowledge.

Accredited Economic Development Organization Program

Economic development organizations may earn IEDC's accredited status by participating in a rigorous peer assessment program. Those organizations achieving accredited status earn recognition in their own communities and by the economic development industry as best-in-class models.


Each year the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund awards IEDC education scholarship assistance to four (two IEDC member and two nonmember) economic development professionals working in distressed communities.

Job Center

IEDC's Job Center is a professional resource continuously updated with the most recent economic development position openings. Because the Job Center addresses only economic development, it is the first-choice information source for practitioners, seeking new employment.

Customized/Partnership Training Courses

IEDC welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations and communities to meet their individual education needs. We will arrange one or a series of courses to suit unique educational needs. In addition, IEDC can tailor our courses to meet special client requirements. Contact Emily Bell at ebell@iedconline.org for more information.