Basic Economic Development Course
November 6-9, 2017


This course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the American Planning Association (APA). The BEDC is a 4-day course and each registrant is required to attend all modules of the course in order to receive a completion certificate. This course qualifies as a professional development training requirement needed to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) examination.

Accreditation (IEDC & APA)


Course Information

The Basic Economic Development Course is designed for persons in positions related to economic development, including:

  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Public officials or staff engaged in economic development
  • Members of local development organizations

The Basic Economic Development Course covers:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing/Attraction
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development
  • Community/Neighborhood Development
  • Real Estate Development and Reuse
  • Workforce Development
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations


Registration fee: $765.00

Registration includes a copy of the current IEDC Introduction to Economic Development manual and also entitles student to a 10% discount on IEDC membership within 120 days of course completion.

Dress Code: Business Casual

Meals: A full welcome breakfast is provided on Monday. Lunch, as well as snacks and beverages, will be provided each day of the course. Course attendees are encouraged to attend networking opportunities.

Location: All classes and included meals are held at the Florida SBDC at USF offices located near downtown Tampa at the Port Tampa Bay Building, 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210, Tampa, Fl. Complimentary shuttle will be provided from the designated hotel to and from the course location each day.

Attendance: The BEDC is accredited by the International Economic Development Council and must contain the required number of instructional hours of to meet IEDC standards. All modules of the course must be attended in order to receive a completion certificate. If a portion or an entire module of instruction is missed, it will be at the discretion of the course administrator as to whether completion standards have been met. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

More Info: For general inquiries, please contact course administrator Lisa Bonilla at

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Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been arranged for participants at Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown located at 1301 East 7th Avenue, in historic Ybor City. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by the hotel to and from the course location each day. If you would like to book a room at the Hampton for the special rate of $114 per night, please call 1-800-HILTON or 813-247-6700 and provide the group code: SBD. Reservations must be made by October 7, 2017 to get the special rate.


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