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Basic Economic Development | Courses in the West

Course Overview

The BEDC course provides a substantial introduction to the theory and fundamentals of comprehensive economic development. The formal instruction emphasizes beneficial development that can result from the constructive actions of local leaders and revolves around five major themes: innovative community development concepts; regional economics; basic factors in development; techniques of economic development and trends in economic development.

This course is executed in partnership with Colorado State University.

Where: 475 17th St., Ste. 300, Denver CO 80202 (link to directions)
June 8-12, 2020

See below for more information about this years conference

Registration is now available! Please follow the link below to register directly on the CSU website.



For more information please contact

Michelle Claymore, CEcD – Course Director

Please check back soon for the 2020 Course Agenda


CLICK HERE to download the 2020 course flyer

What value do you gain?

  • Gain detailed knowledge of successful initiatives
  • Learn from outstanding experts and practitioners in the field
  • Network with other successful economic development professionals
  • Grow your skills and understanding of economic development foundational elements
  • Take an important step towards the internationally recognized Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation

Who should attend?

  • Economic development practitioners
  • Community volunteers
  • Municipal, town and county governments
  • Public utility personnel
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Financial institutions
  • Business development professionals
  • Co-operative extension personnel
  • Planning and development agencies
  • Real estate professionals
  • Others interested in facilitating job creation and capital investment in their community, region or state

Area accomodations

  • Holiday Inn Express Downtown Denver | 401 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
  • Grand Hyatt Denver | 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202
  • Sheraton Hotel Downtown Denver | 1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202

More BEDC Events in the West

Arizona BEDC

When: January 27-31, 2020
302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Floor, Phoenix AZ

New Mexico

When: July 21-25, 2020
Western New Mexico University, Silve City, NM

This BEDC is accredited through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Accreditation by IEDC ensures that the BEDC covers subject areas determined to be the core building blocks in any economic development program.

 Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.