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Economic Development Training Courses

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Offered throughout the year around North America, our training courses are the leading source of education for professionals at all levels. Covering both key topics and specialized issues, courses are designed to be interactive and provide an international perspective with a focus on real life experiences, best practices, and tools you can use in your community.

Our carefully selected instructors include some of today's top experts in their fields and represent both the private and public sectors.

Check our map and schedule below and let IEDC be your partner in professional development. You can also find additional information on course manuals and fees at the bottom of the page.


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Core Courses

Business Retention and Expansion
» January 26-27, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL
» May 4-5, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM
» November 2-3, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

Economic Development Credit Analysis
» October 26-28, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC
» February 8-10, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
» April 26-28, 2017 in Toronto, ON
» May 17-19, 2017 in Madison, WI
» June 14-16, 2017 in Vancouver, BC

Real Estate Development and Reuse
» December 8-9, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
» March 9-10, 2017 in New Orleans, LA
» June 22-23, 2017 in Baltimore, MD
» October 19-20, 2017 in Calgary, AB
» November 30 - December 1, 2017 in San Diego, CA

Introduction to Economic Development
» Course description



Economic Development Finance Programs
» September 27-29, 2017 in Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Marketing and Attraction
» November 3-4, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
» February 23-24, 2017 in Baltimore, MD
» March 30-31, 2017 in Lansing, MI
» October 12-13, 2017 in Chapel Hill, NC

Economic Development Strategic Planning
» March 23-24, 2017 in Denver, CO
» September 14-15, 2017 in Toronto, ON

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies
» April 20-21, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
» August 24-25, 2017 in Omaha, NE

Managing Economic Development Organizations
» Course description

Neighborhood Development Strategies
» November 17-18, 2016 in Toronto, ON
» June 15-16, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

Technology-Led Economic Development
» April 6-7, 2017 in Washington, DC

Workforce Development Strategies
» June 1-2, 2017 in Little Rock, AR
» July 20-21, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN


Advanced Courses

Foreign Direct Investment & Exporting
» August 17-18, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
» October 19-20, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA


Course Fees

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*State Economic Development Associations who have a formal Partner Agreement (MOU) with IEDC receive the IEDC member rate for their members for those courses held in their respective states.

**After the regular registration deadline, only on-site registrations will be accepted. Call (202) 223-7800 to check on availability. On-site registrations must include full payment.On-site registrants will not be included on the attendee list and will receive a certificate by mail after the event.

***Copy of current transcript required.


Group Discount

Organizations registering three (3) or more individuals for an IEDC course are eligible for a 10% discount off the applicable registration rate for each attendee. To take advantage of the discount, the course registrations should be submitted together using the course PDF registration form. In addition, please make note of the discount under the "payment information" portion of the registration form. If you have any questions about the group discount, please contact us at (202) 223-7800.


Cancellation & No-Show Policy

Refunds less a $60 cancellation fee will be issued for all cancellations received in writing to fax: (202) 223-4745 or kkrieger@iedconline.org at least 10 business days prior to the course – please allow 3-4 weeks. All registrations regardless of payment status are subject to the $60 cancellation fee. No refunds or credit transfers to a future course will be issued for cancellations received within 10 business days of the course. Telephone cancellations are not accepted. Attendee substitutions for a course may be made at any time prior to the course. Registrants who do not cancel and fail to attend a course are responsible for full payment.



Each course attendee will receive a copy of the corresponding training manual as a part of the basic registration fee.

Additionally, each of the manuals is available for purchase. To order any of IEDC's manuals, visit the IEDC bookstore. If you have any questions, please contact Nye Harte at nharte@iedconline.org or (202) 942-9483.



For information regarding course registration and logistics, please contact Katie Krieger (202) 639-9105 or kkrieger@iedconline.org.

All other questions about IEDC training courses should be directed to Emily Bell (202) 942-9452 or ebell@iedconline.org.