The Basic Course

July 14 - 18, 2024
Silver City, New Mexico


Advancing the Profession

In the rapidly evolving field of economic development, the International Academy of Economic Development (IAED) works to advance the profession by offering an expanding suite of programs focused on education, innovation, and community engagement.  IAED provides aspiring professionals and community leaders the tools and insight to navigate the complexities and challenges ahead.

Courses & Training


Basic Courses

These are survey courses based upon the International Economic Development Council’s eight Core Competencies. They are considered the building blocks of all established Economic Development programs throughout the World. IAED has taken these core competencies and enhanced them, to become applicable and implementable to diverse economies around the world. They are tailored to meet the most current situations of both an existing and operating economy as well as an emerging economy while still delivering the core building blocks of an economy. This year’s Basic Course will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click Here to reserve your spot.


Advanced Courses

These courses are offered to go into greater detail on how economies work at the local, regional, national and international levels. They are based again on the Core Competencies established by IEDC, but are further enhanced to reflect the norms and practices of local economies of each country or region selected. Specific emphasis will be given in developing the curriculum, on the nuances of the specific economy and the respective impacts that the local business morals and practices that are perceived in that Economy.


Executive Courses

These are highly specialized Courses based on specifically identified subject matter that is pertinent to the eventual client being served, whether private or public sector. They will be designed with interactive situations, so that active participation will be expected throughout the session. The courses are designed to be used in specific training situations as well as for professional Certified Educational Unit’s in individual Business categories.

The Basic Course

The Basic 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. This is the first step toward earning the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


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The Basic Course

July 14 - 18, 2024
Silver City, New Mexico

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