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The New England Economic Development Course

11/1/2021 – 12/15/2021


The 41st New England Economic Development Course Goes Virtual

Seven half-day, morning (8:00am to 12:15pm) sessions: Monday November 1st, Wednesdays November 3rd, 10th and 17th and December 1st, 8th and 15th. The first six sessions will be held via Zoom – the final session will be in person at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce offices (but will also be available by Zoom for those unable to travel) and will include a graduation ceremony and luncheon.

For more than 40 years, the New England Economic Development Course has provided economic development professionals, board and commission members, elected officials and others with a broad background in the fundamentals of economic development. The course is sponsored by the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Sessions include:

  • An Economic Development Overview
  • Location and Site Selection
  • Analyzing Your Local Economy
  • Managing an Effective EDO
  • Business Retention and Expansion   
  • Marketing to the Private Sector
  • Community and Neighborhood Development   
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Diversity and Equity in Economic Development   
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Development Finance   
  • Strategic Planning
  • Ethics and Economic Development   
  • Workforce Issues

The cost of this intensive course is $350 for one person; $325 each for two people from the same employer; $300 each for three or more people from the same employer. Comparable courses across the country cost $500 to $695.

CEDAS will cover $100 of the course cost for current or newly joining members. Contact CEDAS President Kristen Gorski at for more information.

Graduation from NEEDC fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) through IEDC.

For more information, visit the course website at or contact Course Director Mark Waterhouse, CEcD at or 860-379-7449.

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