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Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

Illinois BEDC is held annually in mid-October in METRO CHICAGO. The Next Accredited Illinois Basic Economic Development Course is being held at Nicor Gas Headquarters on four consecutive days, October 16 - October19, 2023.

Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

"Really enjoyed this BEDC Course and learned a ton."

Daniel Coxworth, AICP
Sierra Vista, Arizona

Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

A required course for CEcD
Certified Economic Developer certification

Illinois BEDC

This BASIC Course is primarily designed for Early Career Professionals with less than 10 years of Full-Time Economic Development Experience

Accredited Curriculum – 28 hours of training

Focus: The Investor, The Product, and The Organization

The Importance of your State Economic Development Agency
Community Development Principles
Neighborhood Development
Business Retention
Working with your Community College
Workforce Development
Financing for Business
Small Business Development
Real Estate Principles
Economic Development Ethics
Marketing to Consultants and Prospects
Effectively Working with Utilities
Strategic Planning
Management and Data Management
Best Practices in Rural, Exurban, Suburban and Urban Development
Marketing for Small Business Development
Retail Development

Information for Students:
All students will receive a copy of the IEDC "Introduction to Economic Development" Manual. Course information and instructor powerpoints will be provided on flash drive only. No printed hard copies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet. Attendance is required for the entire required curriculum course in order to receive a certificate of completion. No cellphone use is allowed in the classroom.

BEDC Registration Refund Policy:

A full refund will be provided if cancelled one month in advance of the class start date.
No partial refunds will be provided in any circumstance.

If a medical or personal emergency occurs within four weeks of the start of the class, a credit (not a refund), will be provided to attend a future Illinois BEDC.

Schedule of Classes

Four day Course
28 hours of Training
October 16 - October 19, 2023

Nicor Gas Headquarters, Naperville, Illinois

Course Registration Fee – $ 595.00
Early Discount by Aug 1 – $ 500.00

* Class Schedule Subject to Change

Monday, October 16
7:45 a.m. – Registration
7:45a.m. - 5:00p.m. – Class 

Tuesday, October 17
7:45a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Class

Wednesday, October 18
7:45a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Class

Thursday, October 19
7:45a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Class


Illinois Basic Economic Development Course