General Course Information
CALED is partnering with the California Academy for Economic Development, Fresno State University, and the University Business Center, to bring you the Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program. This year, 2016, we are also partnering with the City of San Diego to bring this course to Southern California. This certificate program is designed as an introductory course for people who are generally interested in knowing more about how local economic development works, as well as for those people whose responsibilities include economic development assignments.
Four days of everything you ever wanted to know about economic development. Take advantage of this in-depth interactive opportunity to discuss all aspects of economic development, including strategies, marketing, financing, incentives, business retention, business recruitment and resources. Attendees will get the opportunity to receive a professional certificate of completion in local economic development.
The course instructors and presenters are practicing professionals in local and state economic development who bring a great mix of knowledge and practical experience to the course insuring a large dose of reality. This is the only course of its kind offered in California and is your once a year opportunity to learn more about economic development.
CALED is accredited by IEDC to offer this course in California. In order to receive full IEDC certification credit for this course and a certificate indicating course completion, participants must attend the entire course and stay through the final session on the last day. Please make travel plans accordingly. There have been updates to the CEcD 2015/2016 Exam. Click on the following link for FAQ on Certification and Education. If you have questions or need additional information regarding certification, please contact Emily Bell at IEDC.
Course Topics Include:
- How to market your community
- Developing an economic development strategy
- Basic and advanced financing techniques
- Pros and Cons of using incentives
- Business retention, expansion and creation techniques
- Community assessment and planning
- Marketing & Attraction
- How to Manage the Economic Development Organization
- Entrepreneurship & Small Business Strategies
Who Should Attend:
- Candidates for IEDC certification – Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
- Professionals new to the field of economic development
- Anyone who wants to learn the basics of economic development
- Practicing Economic Development professionals who want a refresher course on the basics
Location & Dates:
Balboa Park Club, San Diego, CA – WEBSITE
Santa Fe Meeting Room
2144 Pan America Rd. San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: August 22-25, 2016
Parking: Included at no charge
Please make check payable to: Fresno State University Foundation
Send check payment to:
Economic Development Certificate Program
University Business Center
Craig School of Business
5245 N. Backer M/S PB 5
Fresno, CA 93740-8001
To pay by Visa or Mastercard, please call: 559-278-2352
*Scholarships are only available to CALED Members in good standing. You must meet all the Scholarship Criteria in order to be considered. To apply for a scholarship, please click here for information and application deadline.
Hotel & Airport Information:
Holiday Inn Express San Diego
1430 Seventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations By Phone: 800-884-5788
Single/Double Rate: $139.00/Night + Tax (Mention CA Association for Local Economic Development if reserving by phone)
Self-Parking: $16.00/Day, Per Vehicle
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San Diego International Airport
3225 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.