Cindy Cobetto is administrative coordinator for the Illinois BEDC. She is Coordinator of Conferences and Institutes for Educational Outreach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  For registration questions, contact Cindy at 618-650-2164 or

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Illinois BEDC Classroom Location

Nicor Headquarters in Naperville IL.

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Join over 1,600 alumni 

"This course is great....providing

the professional economic development education I need to best serve my community."  

Illinois BEDC is held annually in mid-October in METRO CHICAGO.   The Next Accredited Illinois Basic Economic Development Course is October 18-22, 2021                   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Illinois  BEDC

BASIC Economic Development Course - established 1968

Accredited by the International Economic Development Council 


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. 

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Become Involved in the World's Largest Association of Professional Economic Developers.                        Best Practices.  Best Education. Best Networking

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NO Course This Year because of COVID 19 Pandemic issues

Nationally Accredited BASIC Course for Early-Career Economic Developers, Planners, City Managers,

and Elected Officials 

No Course in 2020 because of COVID.

Next Course -

October 18-22, 2021

Registration starts next January, 2021 

(Metro Chicago) Naperville, Illinois

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.