Illinois  BEDC

BASIC Economic Development Course - established 1968

Accredited by the International Economic Development Council 

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


                      Daniel Coxworth, AICP

                          Sierra Vista, Arizona

A required course for  CEcD        Certified Economic Developer certification

Illinois BEDC is held annually in mid-October in METRO CHICAGO.   The Next Accredited Illinois Basic Economic Development Course is October  21-25, 2019                   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Schedule of Classes

Full Week - 5 day Course

28 hours of Training

October 21-25, 2019

NICOR Headquarters Buildings

1844 Ferry Road - Naperville, Illinois USA

Course Registration Fee - $ 595.00

Early Discount by Aug 31 - $ 500.00

* Class Schedule Subject to Change

Lunches and Refreshment Breaks
included everyday in course fee

‚Äčcompliments of Nicor Gas

7:45 a.m.  - Registration
8 a.m. - 6:30 - Class and Field Trip and Social

7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Class

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Optional - Special Update Information on the State of Illinois

7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Class

7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Class

7:45 a.m. - 12 noon - Class

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 flashdrive 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 allowed in classroom. 

Full refund will be provided if cancelled a month in advance of Class start date.

No Partial refunds  will be provided in any circumstance. 

Within 4 weeks of the Start of the Class -  Only If a medical or personal emergency occurs, credit (not a refund)  will be provided to attend a future Illinois BEDC.