The Basic Course

July 18 - 22, 2021


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.

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.

Participation Options

Participants have three options for how they would like to take this year's course.  Registration fees are not affected by participation (the cost is the same for all three options).  Attendees who participate in-person will be responsible for securing lodging and transportation.  A list of recommended hotels will be provided once the course location is secured.


  • Online participation via Zoom
  • Live Q&A capablities
  • Breakout rooms & group activities
  • Full technical support
  • Personal course advisor


  • Attend all sessions in-person
  • Live Q&A
  • Group activities
  • Social events
  • Location TBD


  • Combined in-person and online
  • Days 1-3 in-person
  • Days 4-6 online
  • Accomodate your busy schedule
  • Save on room and board expenses

COVID Notice

All in-person events are contingent on current NM state guidelines, which may change due to COVID numbers between now and the start of the course.  In the event that we are not able to host the course in-person, we are prepared to conduct all sessions as scheduled online.  All course registration fees are non-refundable.  Thank you for your understanding!

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Standard Registration

Sign me up for The Basic Course 2021!  In-person, virtual and hybrid options available.

Custom Registration

I have a group or special consideration and need assistance getting registered.

Alumni & Scholarships

I am a scholarship recipient or an Alumni of the IAED Basic Course.

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The Basic Course

July 18 - Aug 22

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