Event Details

The Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (MSBEDC) focuses on the fundamental concepts, tools, and skills needed to be successful in today's economic, business, and political environment. The MSBEDC 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.

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 provides this preparation. For those new to the profession, the MSBEDC is the first step toward professional certification.

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.

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

Course Information

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.

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

A full agenda will be posted closer to the course dates.


A room block is available at the Hilton Garden Inn - Little Rock Downtown. 

$139/night plus applicable taxes

Block closes March 16th.  

Please contact the hotel directly to book: 501.244.0044 and mention AEDCE for the rate. 

To book online, please CLICK HERE.

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 9th will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee; cancellation requests received from March 10th – March 23rd will receive a refund of $250. Cancellation requests received after March 23rd are not entitled to a refund.


Notice and completed registration forms must be received by April 1, 2020.


Course Registration ONLY

Course Registration Only - NO IEDC Manual
Early bird pricing available through March 9, 2020

Early Bird Price $575
Standard Price $625
Course Registration With IEDC Manual

Course Registration and the optional IEDC Manual - Introduction to Economic Development
Early bird pricing available through March 9, 2020

Early Bird Price $610
Standard Price $660


Standard Price $35
Sponsor Registration

Includes an IEDC Manual

Standard Price $610

IEDC Professional Development Course Offerings

IEDC is the world leader in economic development education and training. Every year thousands rely on our practical education tools to expand their economic development knowledge, effectiveness, and gain professional recognition. IEDC offers educational opportunities for economic development professionals in every stage of their career. Make it a priority to assess and improve your skill set, and you'll increase your value to your organization and enhance the future of your career.

Check out what's available at www.iedconline.com/prodev


Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

1200 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas

If you have any questions please contact Shelley Short

Contact Organizer

+1 5012104206

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