Georgia Tech Marks 50 Years of Economic Development Education

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The Georgia Tech 50th Annual Basic Economic Development Course will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta on March 21 to 24, 2017. Since its inception in 1967, the BEDC has prepared more than 3,100 economic developers from all over the world for the International Economic Development Council certification exam. The certification is considered an essential component of a career in economic development.

Offered by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, in collaboration with Georgia Tech Professional Education, the course educates participants on the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development. This 50th anniversary event, which focuses on economic resilience and building capacity for strong communities, features Rodrick Miller, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and economic resilience expert, as keynote speaker.

As part of the course, participants will explore 10 core economic development subject areas, ranging from marketing to ethics. They will also network with peers and learn about best practices from some of the nation’s leading economic development experts.      

“Through the BEDC, participants have learned ways to create wealth for individuals, business and communities, and to promote economic well-being and an improved quality of life for their communities,” said Leigh Hopkins, BEDC course administrator. “Georgia Tech has equipped thousands of economic developers with the tools and skills needed to address problems such as unemployment, poor quality of life and post-disaster economic recovery.”

The BEDC is one of many professional development courses and certifications working professionals can take at GTPE. “As the lifelong learning arm of Georgia Tech, we have been serving the needs of adult learners for over a century by bringing innovative, impactful programs tailored to their needs,” said Nelson Baker, dean of GTPE.