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Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC)


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Join us for the 10th Annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) to be held May 2-5, 2016, in 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 2014
TBEDC Class of 2012
​​​TBEDC Class of 2008
TBEDC Class of 2007


Monday - Thursday May 2-5, 2016​ at Embassy Suites Nashville - at Vanderbilt
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, 2016
$695 after April 4, 2016
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 Donna Bridges at
If you prefer to complete our paper registration form, please download the TBEDC registration form ​and submit the completed form to Donna Bridges by email.
A limited number of scholarships are available to TBEDC participants from Tennessee: 

The Philip Trauernicht Scholarship:
This scholarship is in memoriam of Philip Trauernicht. This annual scholarship provides full tuition to attend the annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) and up to four nights’ lodging during the course. Learn more about Philip and the scholarship here.

The general application for a scholarship can be found hereTBEDC Scholarship Application - Updated 1-26 final.pdfTBEDC Scholarship Application
A scholarship covers TBEDC tuition, and does not include hotel, travel, or meals. Applications must be received by April 1, 2016, 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 $650 course tuition cost. The required processing fee will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course.  

Embassy Suites Nashville – at Vanderbilt

Room rate:  $189 per night plus tax

(615) 320-8899 phone​

Please use this link to book the special group rate:

This link and rate is intended for use by those attending this TBEDC course only. Any reservations found using this rate for someone outside of the class will be cancelled and charged a fee. 


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.

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, 2016, 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 Donna Bridges at
The attire for the TBEDC is business casual.

Contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director (865) 974-8464 or email at​ 

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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