How to Be a Scholar in Our Economic Development Program

Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

Illinois BEDC is held annually in mid-October in METRO CHICAGO. The Next Accredited Illinois Basic Economic Development Course will be held at Nicor Gas Headquarters, Naperville, Illinois, October 16 - October 19, 2023


Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

"I learned a lot in this course and the materials are invaluable."

Daniel Coxworth, AICP
Sierra Vista, Arizona

Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

Are you a Full-Time Professional Economic Developer with LESS than 10 years of Full-Time Experience?

Or are you interested in Economic Development Training?

If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship to this course.
Scholarships (Course cost only) are available from the following sponsors.
Scholarships are awarded to applicants at the discretion of the sponsors.

Scholarship Recipients Must agree to pay for their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses.

Scholarships are awarded based on need and geographical location.

(For example, Nicor Gas scholarships are only awarded to professionals working in Nicor Gas territory.)

Apply early, as scholarships are limited. It is recommended to apply before August 1.

Please Apply by August 1 – Contact:

Nicor Gas - If your community is served by Nicor Gas, contact Bernie Anderson:
(309) 261-4155,

ComEd - If your community is served by ComEd, contact Ed Sitar:
(630) 437-2571,

Ameren - If your community is served by Ameren, contact Cheryl Welge:
(618) 301-5322,

Hoosier Energy - If your community is served by Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative or Hoosier Energy, contact Jeremy Sowders:, (812) 876-0229.

Illinois Economic Development Association – If you are a PAID MEMBER OF ILEDA Contact Beth Martin:, (217) 527-1279

Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

Community DISASTER Hardship Assistance

- If your ILLINOIS community recently experienced a Major Natural Disaster, the Loss of a Major Local Employer, or other extreme economic issues, hardship assistance may be available for you to attend this course. Before August 1, Contact Chris Manheim at (847)691-0008. A full scholarship including expenses may be available to a Hardship Community Professional that is the designated economic development representative for the municipality.

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