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Venue Location
Venue Location

Aloft Little Rock West

716 Rahling Road
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Event Details
Event Details

Celebrating Over Two Decades of Economic Development Excellence

Join us for the 22nd Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (MSBEDC), a premier program dedicated to empowering professionals with the essential training and education vital for launching or advancing their careers in economic development. Organized by AEDCE, this event continues its legacy of serving economic developers in the Mid-South region.

Key Details for the 2024 MSBEDC:

Format: In-person experience fostering networking and collaboration.

Dates: April 15-18, 2024

Location: Aloft Hotel, Little Rock, AR

The MSBEDC remains unparalleled in its focus on imparting fundamental concepts, tools and skills crucial for success in today's dynamic economic, business and political landscape. This comprehensive course provides a broad survey of community and economic development, emphasizing practical strategies and industry best practices.

As community leaders face unprecedented challenges, the MSBEDC equips participants to:

  • Capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Transform potential obstacles into avenues for growth.
  • Enhance the overall quality of life for residents, visitors and investors.

Whether you're new to the profession or a seasoned expert, the MSBEDC serves as a valuable resource, offering a pathway to professional certification.

Important Registration Information:

Early registration is encouraged, with full payment due by April 12, 2024.

Virtual attendance is not available for this event.

For additional details and registration, please refer to the information below. If you have any inquiries, feel free to reach out to Candice Lawrence at or call 501.210.4205.

We look forward to another impactful year of fostering economic development excellence in the Mid-South region!

Course Information
Course Information

Empowering Community Leaders for Economic Development Excellence

The 22nd Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (MSBEDC) is tailor-made for community leaders engaged in economic development across various scales – local, regional, state and federal. This inclusive program caters to a diverse array of participants, fostering collaboration among elected officials, government agency staff, planners, utility and transportation personnel, business leaders, real estate developers, community volunteers, educators and professionals from chambers of commerce or economic development organizations.

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

Full agenda to be posted soon!

Refund Policy

Refunds for cancellation must be requested in writing. Cancellation requests received by March 15 will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee. Cancellation requests received from March 16 - March 22 will receive a refund of $250. Cancellation requests received after March 22 are not entitled to a refund.


Notice and completed registration forms must be received by March 22.

Accreditation and IEDC
Accreditation and IEDC

The MSBEDC 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 or phone 201.223.7800

Sponsors and Partners
Sponsors and Partners

Aloft West Little Rock

716 Rahling Rd.

Little Rock, AR 72223


A room block is available at the host hotel at a rate of $129/night plus tax for a king room and

$139/night plus tax for a king room

$149/night plus tab for a room with two queen beds

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Course Registration With IEDC Manual

Course Registration and IEDC Manual - Introduction to Economic Development