Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course


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Presented by: University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). Graduation from the Wisconsin Economic Development Course Fulfills One of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer (CED) designation through IEDC.

The “Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course” (Wisconsin Basic Course) will educate upcoming economic developers, community leaders, bankers, government officials and Chamber executives, among others, in the fundamentals of economic development. This course is accredited by the IEDC and is the equivalent to IEDC’s “Introduction to Economic Development course in preparation for the IEDC Certification exam. For more information on IEDC certification and this course, see: http://www.iedconline.org/?p=BEDC

By providing community leaders and economic development professionals with broad training in the nine core competencies, we believe communities will be more successful in economic development. We have a core group of certified economic developers in Wisconsin who are excited at the challenge of building additional leadership in economic development and in the profession through membership in WEDA and IEDC. This program is compatible with the educational mission of the UW Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. The Center provides applied research and training to economic development organizations and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. Although the Center will be the primary sponsor and overall organizational/contractual entity, WEDA will play a critical secondary role in marketing, curriculum review and speaker development.


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