The Basic Course

July 14 - 18, 2024  *  Silver City, New Mexico


About the Course

The practice of economic development has never been more critical, as communities reel from and react to the economic devastation wrought by the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The New Mexico Basic Economic Development Course is an introduction to the theory and practice of economic development for practitioners and community leaders committed to building healthy and resilient economies at the local and regional levels.

The “Basic Course” emphasizes subjects essential for organizing, planning and managing your economic-growth initiatives. Also, this course is the first step toward earning the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential. Your experience will include practical application of concepts through simulated case studies involving real-life challenges in real-life communities.


International Economic Development Council
1275 K Street, Suite 300. Washington, DC 20005-4083.
P: (202) 223-7800   |   W:

IEDC Accredited

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers.

This course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.  This course qualifies as a professional development training requirement needed to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) examination.

Topics Covered

  • Tools for planning your economy and how to use them.
  • Marketing your community.
  • Business retention and expansion.
  • Researching your prospects and building a community data profile.
  • Financing economic development projects and using incentives.
  • Managing real estate inventory.
  • Developing your workforce to be aligned with your goals.
  • Managing an economic development program.

Who Should Attend

  • Economic development practitioners.
  • Chamber executives.
  • Municipal and county managers and department directors.
  • Elected local-government officials.
  • State legislators.
  • Congressional aides.
  • Public-utilities managers.
  • Financial-institution officers.
  • Tribal leaders.
  • Community planners and developers.
  • Real-estate professionals.
  • Workforce-development specialists.
  • Poverty-reduction advocates.
  • Others interested in community job creation.

Alumni Testimonials


"I was completely blown away at the incredible line-up of speakers and presenters who made themselves available for the class.  They were world renown experts in their fields and industry leaders.  I can honestly say I learned from the best of the best in this class.  I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a more in-depth understanding of the basics of economic development."

Sarah Stoeber
Regional Economic Recovery Coordinator
San Luis Valley, Colorado

"This course provides a comprehensive overview of all the key factors you have to examine, ranging from workforce, financing, and theaters of operation to challenges, marketing, and ethics.  As a legislator, it expanded both my local and statewide understanding and awareness of all the factors we need to keep in focus as we work to grow our economy and sustainability for businesses large and small, both already here and considering a move to New Mexico."
Joy I. Garratt
New Mexico State Legislature

Sign Me Up!

The 2024 NM Basic Course is being offered as an in-person experience in Silver City, New Mexico.  Registration links are below.  If you require assistance with registration or payment, please email or call 505.710.7172.

Out of State

  • Attend all sessions in-person
  • Live Q&A
  • Group activities & social events
  • Meals included
  • On-location room rates available

NM Residents

  • Attend all sessions in-person
  • Live Q&A
  • Group activities & social events
  • Meals included
  • On-location room rates available
Hotel Reservations


The 2024 Basic Course will be held at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.  Participants will receive a special room rate at The Holiday Inn Express.  Please call the number above or click the link to reserve your room and be sure to mention that you are part of the “NM Economic Development Block” for special rates.

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Holiday Inn Express
1103 Superior
Silver City, NM 88061

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The Basic Course

July 14 - 18, 2024
Silver City, New Mexico

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