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Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC)


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Join us for the 9th Annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) to be held May 4 - May 7, 2015, in Downtown Nashville. This four-day comprehensive course, accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), focuses on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to be successful in today’s complex economic environment.


The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development at local, regional, state and federal levels. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce and economic and community development organization professionals, elected and appointed officials, government agency staff, community planners, utility personnel, bankers, business leaders, real estate brokers and developers, and community volunteers.


TBEDC Class of 2012
TBEDC Class of 2008
TBEDC Class of 2007


May 4 –May 7, 2015, in downtown Nashville, TN
The course location will vary by day.  A detailed schedule with locations will be shared with participants​ in advance of the course. 

$650 by April 4, 2015
$695 after April 4, 2015
The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses.   

To register online, please click here or on the orange Register Today button.
You will be prompted to login to the Solution Point System to complete your registration. New customers can create an account by following the link below the login. If you have forgotten your password, you can follow the link to enter your email address and your password will be sent to you. If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Patty Wells, Senior Registrar, at (615) 253-6371, or email at​
If you prefer to complete our paper registration form, please download the TBEDC registration form ​and submit the completed form to Patty Wells by email, fax, or mail. 
A limited number of scholarships are available to TBEDC participants from Tennessee.  Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here.​ 
A scholarship covers TBEDC tuition, and does not include hotel, travel, or meals.   Applications must be received by April 1, 2015, to be considered for a scholarship.  Scholarship recipients will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $150 upon receiving the award.  Scholarships cover $495 of the $645 course tuition cost. The required processing fee will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course.  
A block of rooms has been reserved for TBEDC participants at the Hampton Inn and Suites Nashville-Downtown, at a special course rate of $199 nightly plus tax. Participants should make their own reservations by using the online booking page or by contacting the Hampton Inn at Suites at 615-277-5000 and asking for the TN Basic Economic Development Course Rate. Reservations must be made by April 3, 2015 to receive the special course rate.

Participants in the TBEDC will:
  • Learn about best practices in economic and community development
  • Explore new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment
  • Discuss emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economies
  • Develop a valuable network of fellow economic development professionals and resources
The TBEDC will cover a wide range of topics including:
 Trends in Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing and Business Attraction
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Workforce Development
  • Real Estate Development
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Economic Development and Ethics
Course instructors include highly qualified economic development professionals from across the state and the country.
Click here​ to view the 2015 TBEDC Course Agenda At-A-Glance.

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and counts toward the CEcD certification for professional economic developers. Upon satisfactory completion of the TBEDC, participants will receive a course certificate and will qualify for admission to other IEDC courses for advanced training.
CEU credits are available through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.
Course Attendance Policy:  Participants are required to be present at all classes offered in order to receive credit for the course. No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency, or business emergency. If illness, immediate family emergency, or business emergency forces a student to be absent for more than 10% of the course, it must be repeated for credit to be granted. Travel inconvenience is not considered an emergency.
Cancellations must be received by the TBEDC Course registrar by April 12th, 2015, in order to receive a tuition refund, less a $150 processing fee.  Cancellations made after April 12th will not be eligible for a tuition refund. For course cancellation assistance, please contact Patty Wells (course registrar) at 615-253-6371 or email at 
The attire for the TBEDC is business casual.
Contact TBEDC Course Director, Erin Ketelle, at (615) 532-4926,

Other Economic Development Courses

To view other economic development courses provided by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, please  visit

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