Sep 14, 2020

2020 Basic Economic Development Course

Location:  Pyle Center (or Virtual)   (702 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706)

The highly regarded Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) will be held in-person at Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, or virtually depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, 2020. This course provides expert instruction in the basic concepts, theories and methods of economic development from experienced professionals and instructors. Participants will study the core building blocks of economic development, including:

  • Economic development finance
  • Managing a local economic development organization
  • Small business development & entrepreneurship
  • Business attraction and retention
  • Community and neighborhood development
  • Workforce development
  • Real estate development

Scholarships are available, including new scholarship opportunities for Milwaukee-based organizations.To request a scholarship or determine eligibility, please email

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 (2:00PM) – Thursday Sept. 17, 2020 (1:00PM)
WHERE: University of Wisconisn-Madison Pyle Center (or virtually)
REGISTRATION: Click here to register. The fee for the four-day course is $650.00.
PROGRAM HOSTS: The BEDC is hosted by the 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.