45th Annual Basic Economic Development Course

The Basic Economic Development Course provides intensive instruction on the fundamentals of economic development practice. It is a four-day introductory course designed for economic development professionals employed by public, non-profit, and private agencies and for individuals new to the field. It is also appropriate for more experienced professionals seeking to update their skills.

The course is a comprehensive educational experience that integrates theoretical and practical perspectives on economic development and provides participants with the background needed to organize, plan, and implement economic development activities and programs.

Program Topics:

  • Trends in economic development
  • Marketing and business attraction
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce development
  • Financing economic development
  • Strategic planning
  • Community development
  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Ethical dilemmas

IEDC Accreditation

The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council and counts toward the requirements for the CEcD certification.

Faculty coordinator

Jonathan Morgan, Associate Professor, UNC School of Government

More information

Contact Carla Stowe, Program Manager, at 919-843-8176 or cstowe@sog.unc.edu