Your Guide to Becoming a Trusted Economic Developer
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The Illinois BEDC Classroom is virtual for 2021
September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28
Virtual Course via Zoom link
Nationally Accredited BASIC Course for Early-Career Economic Developers, Planners, City Managers, and Elected Officials
Our goal is simple
To provide a comprehensive accredited Economic Development education for professionals with LESS than 10 years of experience, and individuals dedicated to expanding their economic development knowledge.
Since 1968, the Illinois Basic Economic Development Course has been a leader in economic development training for professionals from around the country. The course follows the curriculum guidelines for accreditation by the International Economic Development Council and the principles of educator, national economic development leader, and mentor, Dr. Robert Koepke, CEcD, who managed the program for over 25 years. The course is also approved for APA AICP CM points.
The nationally renowned Illinois Basic Economic Development Course is instructed by 20 experienced and successful Professionals. First-hand knowledge is shared by practitioners (each with at least 15 years of experience) who have worked in several different states around the country. You will learn from professionals that are certified CEcD economic developers, AICP Planners, and SIOR Real Estate executives.
Chris Manheim, CEcD, MA, President, Manheim Solutions
Patrick Hoban, CEO, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council
Diane Lupke, CEcd, FM, President of Lupke and Associates
John Greuling, President & CEO, Will County Center for Economic Development and the Will County Chamber of Commerce
Winsley Durand, Executive Directorof the Reach Initiative at the Greater Omaha Nebraska Chamber of Commerce
Tracey Bosman, CEcD, Managing Director for Biggins Lacy Shapiro and Company
Kim Ewoldsen, Director of Regional Economic Development and Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College
Amy Lambert, Executive Director Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance
Brad Fletcher, Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority
Ed Sitar, Manager of Economic and Busienss Development for ComEd
Nancy Norton Ammer, President and CEO at Grundy Economic Development Council
Ronnie Bryant, CEcD, FM, Founder and Lead Consultant at Ronnie L. Bryant, LLC
Karen Walsh, First Vice President, Real Estate Transactions and Advisory Services, CBRE, Inc.
Mike Kirchoff, CEcD, FM, President and CEO of North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation
Chris Gary, SIOR, Senior Vice President, NAI Hiffman
Pamela Lopez-Fettes, Executive Director of Growth Dimensions
Amy Murphy, Dean, Applied Arts, Workforce Education and Training, Joliet Junior College
Cheryl Welge, Economic Development Manager for Ameren Illinois
Nicolas Crite, Manager, Economic Development for Nicor Gas
Kevin Kramer, CEcD, Director of Economic Development for the Village of Hoffman Estates
Matt Frank, Director of Economic Development for the Village of Schaumburg
Alan Tio, CEcD, CEO of the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation