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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.

Find an IEDC training course near you or check the 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.


Core Courses

Business Retention and Expansion
» November 14-15, 2019 in Omaha, NE
» March 26-27, 2020 in Buffalo, NY

Economic Development Credit Analysis
» Course description

Real Estate Development and Reuse
» February 25-26, 2020 in Baltimore, MD
» May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020, Online

Introduction to Economic Development
» Course description



Economic Development Finance Programs
» June 3-5, 2020 in Cleveland, OH

Economic Development Marketing and Attraction
» November 7-8, 2019 in Toronto, ON
» February 27-28, 2020 in Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Strategic Planning
» February 6-7, 2020 in Tampa, FL

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies
» December 3-17, 2019, Online
» June 18-19, 2020 in Calgary, AB
» September 17-18, 2020 in Baltimore, MD

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting
» March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020, Online

Managing Economic Development Organizations
» October 24-25, 2019 in Edmonton, AB
» April 23-24, 2020 in Washington, DC

Neighborhood Development Strategies
» April 30 – May 1, 2020 in Cleveland, OH

Technology-Led Economic Development
» April 2-3, 2020 in Lansing, MI

Workforce Development Strategies
» November 21-22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC
» January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020, Online
» May 7-8, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM
» August 6-7, 2020 in Madison, WI


Course Fees

IEDC Members*





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Full Time Student***





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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.


Travel Notice :

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Learn more about the REAL ID Act and find out if your state is compliant.