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Course Description

  Course Description The course focuses on five major themes: development concepts; current trends and their influence on the local program; skill development; program implementation; and factors affecting development programs.   The program is designed to enable you to play an effective role in economic development in your area and to provide a foundation for those inter­ested in a career path in the economic develop­ment profession.   This course, accredited by the Interna­tional Economic Development Council (IEDC), is part of the core curriculum required to qualify for IEDC’s Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam.  

Course Outline, Presenters & Schedule

  Course Outline · Introduction to Economic Development · Analyzing the Regional Economy · Economic Development Ethics · Marketing to the Private Sector · Location and Site Selection Process · Managing an Effective ED Organization · Incentives: When and How to Use Them · Financing Economic Development Projects · Community Development · The Economic Development Strategic Planning   Process · Business Retention and Expansion · Real Estate Development Issues · Entrepreneurship and Small Business   Development · Workforce Development · Building Successful Communities  

Course Presenters                           Organization
Ann Chambers                                  Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region 

Alissa DeJonge, M.A.                       Connecticut Economic Resource Center
Laura Brown, MS. CEcD                   University of Connecticut 

Thomas E. Marano, EDP, MA          City of Middletown
John O’Toole, CEcD                          Eversource Energy
George L. Robertson                        Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation 

Garrett Sheehan, JD., CEcD             Eversource Energy
Mark D. Waterhouse, CEcD, LL.B.   Garnet Consulting Services  

Course Schedule


Monday Aug 28 

Orientation and Introduction   8:00 - 8:30 am   Mark Waterhouse, CEcD, LL.B.

Ethics   8:30 - 9:30 a.m.   Tom Marano, EDP, M.A.     

Break   9:30 - 9:45 a.m.   

Ethics continued   9:45 - 10:45 a.m.   Marano

An Economic Development Overview   10:45 - 11:45 a.m.   Waterhouse

Lunch   11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Economic Development Overview continued   1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   Waterhouse

Economic Development Finance   2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Annie Chambers

Break   3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Economic Development Finance continued   3:15 - 4:15 p.m.   Chambers

Group Discussion   4:15 - 5:00 p.m.   Waterhouse, Chambers

Networking   5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  

Tuesday Aug 29

Community and Neighborhood Development   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.   Laura Brown, MS, CEcD
Break   10:00 - 10-15 a.m.

Marketing to the Private Sector   10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Marano 

Lunch   12:15 - 1:30 p.m. 

Real Estate Issues   1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   Waterhouse

Break   3:30 - 3:45 p.m. 

Managing an Effective EDO   3:45 - 5:45 p.m.   George Robertson    

Wednesday Aug 30

Data – Your Place, by the Numbers   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.   Waterhouse

Break   10:00 - 10:15 a.m. 

Business Retention and Expansion   10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Robertson

Lunch   12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Strategic Planning   1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   Waterhouse

Break   3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Workforce Issues   3:45 - 5:45 p.m.   Robertson   

Thursday Aug 31

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship    8:00 - 10:00 a.m.   Robertson

Break   10:00 - 10:15 a.m. 

Location and Site Selection   10:15 - noon   Garrett Sheehan, JD., CEcD

Building Successful Communities – Tying the Week Together   Noon - 1 p.m.   John O'Toole, CEcD

Graduation Luncheon   1:00 - 2:00 p.m.       Adjourn   2:00 p.m.         

Who should attend?

  The New England Economic Development Course serves the needs of:  ¨ Public and Private Sector Economic   Development Practitioners ¨ Members of economic development  commissions, foundations and boards ¨ Municipal, County and State Governments ¨ Public Utility and Telecommunications   Personnel ¨ Chambers of Commerce ¨ Commercial and Industrial Lenders ¨ Business Development Professionals ¨ Workforce Development Agencies ¨ Co-operative Extension Personnel ¨ Planning and Development Agencies ¨  Real Estate Professionals ¨  Others interested in facilitating job creation   and capital investment in their community,  region or state.     


  Scholarships for this course are available to all Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) members. For more information contact Trent Wright at Other scholarships may be available from other regional and state EDOs or other sources.  

Course Dates for 2017

  The course begins on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. with registration/continental breakfast and adjourns on Thursday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m.    


  All cancellations must be received in writing. All cancellations received by August 15, 2017 will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. After that date, no refunds will be issued. Registered attendees who do not submit a cancellation and do not attend the course are required to pay their balances in full. Registrant substitu­tions can be made at any time prior to the start of the course.