The Basic Course

Special Session

October 24th - 28th  *  The Drury Plaza Hotel - Santa Fe, NM


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.

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

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 will postpone the event to a later date.  Refunds will be available, either in full or partial, depending on the time of course postponement.  Thank you for your understanding!

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The Basic Course Special Session

  • Nationally recognized speakers from across the country
  • Social events & networking opportunities
  • Registration includes lunch, snacks and refreshments
  • All events take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM
  • On-location room rates available
Hotel Reservations


The 2021 Basic Course will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM. Participants will receive a special room rate of $149 / night.*  Please call the number above or click here to reserve your room and use the group number 2446854.

* Reservations must be made by October 8th in order to receive the special rate. 

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Drury Plaza Hotel
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Group #: 2446854

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