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Basic Economic Development Course

The Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) is a prerequisite to IEDC courses. AAED is proud to be an IEDC recognized partner, and to host the BEDC each winter. The BEDC ] is equivalent to the Introduction to IEDC’s Economic Development course. BEDC course directors collaborate regularly with IEDC to ensure the quality of the BEDC course content is consistent with IEDC’s Introduction to Economic Development Course. IEDC’s accredited programs are operated independently by IEDC recognized partners.

Arizona continues to collaborate with Colorado and New Mexico on professional development opportunities to bring IEDC courses to the region. Each year, the region partners to bring three (3) Basic Economic Development Courses (BEDC) to the West. For those striving to become a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), this partnership will ensure your access to classes closer to home and at a discount. 

Upcoming Courses:

February 8-12, 2021

Arizona BEDC

Phoenix, AZ


July 21-25, 2020

New Mexico BEDC

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Upcoming BEDCs


Ben Warren Scholarship

Ben Warren 1939 – 2004


Ben Warren worked as an economic developer in Arizona for more than 34 years. Ben was one of AAED’s founding fathers and a charter member. He is credited as being a pioneer in the formation of Arizona’s economic development industry. He served as the organization’s President in 1978-79 and in 1984, Ben received the William W. Lampkin Long Term Excellence in Economic Development award. Ben worked for Salt River Project for 20 years before joining Arizona Public Service in 1987 where he worked as a Senior Economic Development Consultant until his retirement in 2001. Ben passed away in August of 2004 and in 2006, AAED established the Ben Warren Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory.

The Arizona Economic Development course provides intensive training in economic development basics and is designed for individuals who are new to the economic development profession including workforce developers, urban planners, chambers of commerce, community development agencies and Native American tribes. The 2020 course will be held January 27-31, 2019. The scholarships are open and available to economic development practitioners in the state of Arizona with less than five years of experience and cover the full $595 (members) $645 (non-members) course tuition fee. Lodging, transportation and meals are not included.

Scholarship Application opens annually in September and awards are given in October.

Click here to download the scholarship application

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  • Arizona Association for Economic Development
    2700 N. Central Ave. Suite 1250
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  • 602.240.AAED (2233)