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Venue Location
Venue Location

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown Little Rock

925 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Event Details
Event Details

EVENT is FULL.  To be added to the waiting list, please email shelley@aedce.org.



This is a live in-person event. 


While some Basic Economic Development Courses have moved to an online format, we believe that in-person interaction and networking with your peers and speakers is critical to maximizing the potential of the MSBEDC 2021.

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, leaders 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.org or 501.210.4206.

Course Information
Course Information

The Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (MSBEDC) 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

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

Available to MSBEDC participants ONLY at a reduced price of $40. 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 19th will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee; cancellation requests received from March 20th - March 28th will receive a refund of $250. Cancellation requests received after March 28th are not entitled to a refund.



Substitutions

Notice and completed registration forms must be received by March 28th.

Lodging
Lodging

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown Little Rock

925 S University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204

501.664.5020

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A room block is available at the host hotel at a rate of $91/night plus tax.


The room block will be open until April 1, 2021.


Click here to book your room or please call the hotel directly at 501.664.5020 and mention AEDCE or the Mid-South Basic Course.

Accreditation and IEDC
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

Sponsors and Partners
Sponsors and Partners
Agenda
Agenda
  • Day 1

    April 5, 2021

  • Day 2

    April 6, 2021

  • Day 3

    April 7, 2021

  • Day 4

    April 8, 2021

Instructors
Instructors
  • 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

  • Matthew C. Boch (Member at Dover Dixon Horne PLLC)

    Matthew C. Boch

    Member at Dover Dixon Horne PLLC

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

    Jon Chadwell, CEcD

    Director of Newport Economic Development Commission

  • Lisa Ferrell (President at Rockwater Village/North Bluffs Development)

    Lisa Ferrell

    President at Rockwater Village/North Bluffs Development

  • Shelby Fiegel, PCED (Director - Center for Community & Econ. Dev. of UCA's Center for Community & Economic Development)

    Shelby Fiegel, PCED

    Director - Center for Community & Econ. Dev. of UCA's Center for Community & Economic Development

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

    Laura Fine

    State Director of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

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

    Jim Fram, CEcD CCE FM

    Principal & Founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC

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

    Danny Games, CEcD, EDFP

    Director of Business & Economic Development at Entergy Arkansas

  • Daniel Hintz (President/CEO of Velocity Group)

    Daniel Hintz

    President/CEO of Velocity Group

  • 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

  • Brandon Horvath, EDFP (Capital Access Specialist at Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center)

    Brandon Horvath, EDFP

    Capital Access Specialist at Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center

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

    Linsley Kinkade, PCED

    Senior Director, U.S. Programs of Winrock International

  • Nancy Lee McNew, CEcD, PCED (Vice President, Economic Development at Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas)

    Nancy Lee McNew, CEcD, PCED

    Vice President, Economic Development at Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas

  • Itzel Meador (SBA Regional Manager of Sales & Business Development at Simmons Bank)

    Itzel Meador

    SBA Regional Manager of Sales & Business Development at Simmons Bank

  • Charles Parker (Project Director of The Retail Coach)

    Charles Parker

    Project Director of The Retail Coach

  • Mike Preston (Secretary at Arkansas Department of Commerce)

    Mike Preston

    Secretary at Arkansas Department of Commerce

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

    Shelle Randall, CEcD

    Director of Workforce Development & Existing Industry at Jonesboro Unlimited

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

    James Reddish, CEcD

    Executive Vice President at Little Rock Regional Chamber

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

    Mark Young, CEcD

    President and CEO of Jonesboro Unlimited

  • David Rumbarger, CEcD, FM (President at Community Development Foundation)

    David Rumbarger, CEcD, FM

    President at Community Development Foundation

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

    Shelley Short, IOM

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

  • Jeff Standridge (Managing Director of AR Conductor)

    Jeff Standridge

    Managing Director of AR Conductor

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

    Bentley Story

    Director, Business Development of Arkansas Economic Development Commission

  • Jim Walton (CEO of Brand Acceleration)

    Jim Walton

    CEO of Brand Acceleration

  • Sarah White (Principal & VP of Site Selection at Global Location Strategies)

    Sarah White

    Principal & VP of Site Selection at Global Location Strategies

Registration
Registration

Course Registration ONLY

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

$630

Course Registration With IEDC Manual

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

$665

IEDC Manual ONLY

IEDC Manual ONLY

$40

Sponsor Registration

Includes an IEDC Manual

$615
IEDC Professional Development Course Offerings
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 skillset, and you'll increase your value to your organization and enhance the future of your career.


2021 IEDC Professional Development Catalog