Event Details

Communities face significant challenges in today's changing economy. More than ever, leadership must be prepared to help their communities meet these challenges: to capitalize on new developments, to turn potential obstacles into opportunities, and to enhance the quality of life for those who live, visit, and invest in the area.



The Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) provides this preparation. It offers a general survey of community economic development by focusing primarily on strategies and practices. It is an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of economic development that prepares participants to help their communities meet the competitive challenges they face in fostering economic advancement.



Please see the information below regarding details about the course and how to register. If you need more information or have questions, please contact Shelley Short at shelley@aedce.orgor 501.210.4206.

Course Information

Who Should Attend

The Mid-South BEDC is designed for community leaders who participate in the process of community economic development at all scales–local, regional, state, and federal. The course includes elected officials, government agency staff, planners, utility and transportation personnel, business leaders, real estate developers, other community volunteers, educators, and chamber or economic development organization professionals and their staff. This rich blend of participants is one of the many benefits of the course.

What the Course Includes

Topics to include:


  • Business Expansion & Retention
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing/Attraction
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development
  • Community/Neighborhood Development
  • Real Estate Development and Reuse
  • Workforce Development
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Economic Development Ethics
  • Site Selection Experience
Lodging

The Mid-South Basic Course will be held in the Bob Lamb Conference Room at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce at 1200 West Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas.



While there is not a conference host hotel, a special rate of $169/night plus tax has been negotiated with the Little Rock Marriott for the duration of the course. Please CLICK HERE to reserve a room at the Little Rock Marriott under the group block. 


Little Rock Marriott

3 Statehouse Plaza

Little Rock, AR 72201

501.906.4000


If not staying at the Little Rock Marriott, guests are encouraged to stay at the properties located in the River Market area in downtown Little Rock. There are several options to choose from among the major hotel brands. For specific guidance, please contact the AEDCE office at 501.210.4206

Registration & Costs

Early Bird: $575

Deadline: March 8, 2019 (Registration must be received and arrangements made for full payment.)



Regular Registration: $625

Deadline: March 25, 2019



A limited number of seats are available, so please register as soon as possible. Registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. Once filled, cancellations occasionally occur so late registrants will be placed on a waiting list



IEDC manual – "Introduction to Economic Development"  ** New Edition

Available to Mid-South BEDC participants at a reduced price of $35. You may order a copy by including this additional charge with your registration fee. (See "Registration Form.") Purchasing the manual is not required for the course, but it is highly recommended. It is an excellent supplement to the course and is required for those who intend to sit for the CEcD Certification exam.



Refund Policy


Refunds for cancellation must be requested in writing.

Cancellation requests received by March 8th will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee; cancellation requests received from March 9th – March 22nd will receive a refund of $250. Cancellation requests received after March 22nd are not entitled to a refund.



Substitutions

Notice and completed registration forms must be received by March 28, 2019

Agenda

8 AM

15 mins

Arrival/Registration

8:15 AM

15 mins

Welcome, Introduction & Course Preview

8:30 AM

90 mins

Introduction to Economic Development

10 AM

15 mins

Morning Break

10:15 AM

135 mins

Community/Neighborhood Development
10-minute break from 11:15 - 11:25

12:30 PM

60 mins

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM

135 mins

Strategic Planning for Economic Development
10-minute break from 2:30 - 2:40

3:45 PM

15 mins

Afternoon Break

4 PM

5 PM

Business Leadership of Public Education

8 AM

15 mins

Arrival

8:15 AM

135 mins

Marketing/Attraction for Economic Development
10-minute break from 9:15 - 9:25

10:30 AM

15 mins

Morning Break

10:45 AM

60 mins

Managing Economic Development Organizations

11:45 AM

60 mins

Lunch (provided in house)

12:45 PM

60 mins

Managing Economic Development Organizations

1:45 PM

15 mins

Afternoon Break

2 PM

135 mins

Real Estate Development & Reuse
10-minute break from 3:00 - 3:10

5 PM

7 PM

Dust Bowl Lanes Networking Event

8 AM

15 mins

Arrival

8:15 AM

135 mins

Economic Development Finance
10-minute break from 9:15 - 9:25

10:30 AM

15 mins

Morning Break

10:45 AM

60 mins

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development

11:45 AM

60 mins

Lunch (on your own)

12:45 PM

60 mins

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development

1:45 PM

15 mins

Afternoon Break

2 PM

75 mins

Site Selector Presentation

3:15 PM

15 mins

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM

5:30 PM

8 AM

15 mins

Arrival

8:15 AM

120 mins

Economic Development Ethics

10:15 AM

15 mins

Morning Break

10:30 AM

75 mins

Project Case Study with AEDC

11:45 AM

45 mins

Lunch (provided in house)

12:30 PM

120 mins

2:30 PM

15 mins

Afternoon Break

2:45 PM

3:45 PM

Closing & Presentation of Certificates
Keynote Speaker, Mike Preston

Documents

Registration

Course Registration With IEDC Manual

Course Registration and the optional IEDC Manual - Introduction to Economic Development
Early bird pricing available through March 8, 2019

$660
Course Registration ONLY

Course Registration Only - NO IEDC Manual
Early bird pricing available through March 8, 2019

$625
IEDC Manual ONLY

IEDC Manual ONLY

$35
Sponsor Registration

Course registration only - if you desire the IEDC Manual, please purchase that separately by selecting IEDC Manual Only.

$575

Instructors

  • Phil Baldwin (CEO of Citizens Bank)

    Phil Baldwin

    CEO of Citizens Bank

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  • Kristi Barr (Director, Workforce Development & Education of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce)

    Kristi Barr

    Director, Workforce Development & Education of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

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  • Jon Chadwell, CEcD (Director of Newport Economic Development Commission)

    Jon Chadwell, CEcD

    Director of Newport Economic Development Commission

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  • Laura Fine (State Director of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)

    Laura Fine

    State Director of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

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  • Jeff Forsythe (President at Forsythe & Associates)

    Jeff Forsythe

    President at Forsythe & Associates

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  • Dan Fowler (Director, Finance & Business Development of Cromwell Architects Engineers)

    Dan Fowler

    Director, Finance & Business Development of Cromwell Architects Engineers

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  • Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM (Principal & Founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC)

    Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM

    Principal & Founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC

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  • Ben France (Vice President, Economic Development at Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce)

    Ben France

    Vice President, Economic Development at Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

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  • Danny Games, CEcD (Director of Business & Economic Development at Entergy Arkansas)

    Danny Games, CEcD

    Director of Business & Economic Development at Entergy Arkansas

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  • Edward Haddock (District Director of US Small Business Administration)

    Edward Haddock

    District Director of US Small Business Administration

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  • Brad Henry (Vice President of Development Finance at Arkansas Development Finance Authority)

    Brad Henry

    Vice President of Development Finance at Arkansas Development Finance Authority

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  • Gabe Holmstrom (Executive Director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership)

    Gabe Holmstrom

    Executive Director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership

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  • Katherine Holmstrom, PCED (Senior Project Manager, Business Development at Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Katherine Holmstrom, PCED

    Senior Project Manager, Business Development at Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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  • Devin Howland, CEcD (Director of Economic Vitality at City of Fayetteville)

    Devin Howland, CEcD

    Director of Economic Vitality at City of Fayetteville

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  • Crystal Johnson, PCED, IOM (President/CEO of Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Crystal Johnson, PCED, IOM

    President/CEO of Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce

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  • Linsley Kinkade, PCED (Deputy Director, U.S. Programs of Winrock International)

    Linsley Kinkade, PCED

    Deputy Director, U.S. Programs of Winrock International

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  • Gary Newton, CCE, IOM (President & CEO of Arkansas Learns)

    Gary Newton, CCE, IOM

    President & CEO of Arkansas Learns

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  • Lou Ann Nisbett, CEcD (President and  CEO of Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, AR)

    Lou Ann Nisbett, CEcD

    President and CEO of Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, AR

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  • Mike Preston (Executive Director of Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Mike Preston

    Executive Director of Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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  • Shelle Randall, CEcD (Director of Workforce Development at Jonesboro Unlimited)

    Shelle Randall, CEcD

    Director of Workforce Development at Jonesboro Unlimited

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  • James Reddish, CEcD (Executive Vice President at Little Rock Regional Chamber)

    James Reddish, CEcD

    Executive Vice President at Little Rock Regional Chamber

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  • Bryan Scoggins (Director, Business Finance of Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Bryan Scoggins

    Director, Business Finance of Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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  • Shelley Short (Vice President, Programs & Partnerships at Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA)

    Shelley Short

    Vice President, Programs & Partnerships at Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA

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  • Elizabeth Small (Instructor of Real Estate at UALR - College of Business)

    Elizabeth Small

    Instructor of Real Estate at UALR - College of Business

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  • Jeff Standridge (Chief Catalyst at AR Conductor)

    Jeff Standridge

    Chief Catalyst at AR Conductor

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  • Bentley Story (Director, Business Development of Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Bentley Story

    Director, Business Development of Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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  • Cody Waits (Deputy Director, Office of Skills Development at Department of Career Education)

    Cody Waits

    Deputy Director, Office of Skills Development at Department of Career Education

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  • Jim Walton (CEO of Brand Acceleration)

    Jim Walton

    CEO of Brand Acceleration

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  • Amy Whitehead, PCED (Assistant Vice President, Community and Workforce Development at UCA's Center for Community & Economic Development)

    Amy Whitehead, PCED

    Assistant Vice President, Community and Workforce Development at UCA's Center for Community & Economic Development

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  • Tim Wooldridge (Director of Outreach at Arkansas Development Finance Authority)

    Tim Wooldridge

    Director of Outreach at Arkansas Development Finance Authority

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  • Mark Young, CEcD (President and  CEO of Jonesboro Unlimited)

    Mark Young, CEcD

    President and CEO of Jonesboro Unlimited

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  • Randy Zook (President/CEO of AR State Chamber of Commerce/AIA)

    Randy Zook

    President/CEO of AR State Chamber of Commerce/AIA

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Accreditation and IEDC

This course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the nation's largest membership organization for economic developers. IEDC's mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for communities and IEDC's members and partners to build economically strong, sustainable communities. The course serves as the equivalent of IEDC's "Introduction to Economic Development," and therefore may be applied toward requirements to sit for the Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) exam.


For more details, please visit the IEDC website at www.iedconline.org or phone 201.223.7800

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