Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC)

The four-day Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC), accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), focuses on the fundamental concepts, strategies and tools needed to be successful in today's complex economic environment. Topics include a basic overview of strategic planning, finance, workforce development, business retention and expansion, small business development and entrepreneurship, marketing and attraction, ethics and community development, among others.

Participants in 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
  • Learn from top economic development experts from across the state and the country

Who should attend?

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community and 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.

Date and Location:

August 24-27, 2020 | Online

Course Times:

Please note that all times are CDT.

Day 1:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  
Day 2:  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Day 3:  8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Day 4:  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Course Fee:

Registration $645

Registration is limited to 55 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Register:

If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact Carol Jones, at 615-253-6371 or carol.Jones@tennessee.edu.

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 


All scholarships for TBEDC 2020 have been awarded.

Accreditation and Professional Development:

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 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.

See our past TBEDC Graduates:

TBEDC Class of 2019
TBEDC Class of 2018
TBEDC Class of 2017
TBEDC Class of 2016
TBEDC Class of 2015
TBEDC Class of 2014
TBEDC Class of 2013
TBEDC Class of 2012
TBEDC Class of 2011
TBEDC Class of 2010
TBEDC Class of 2009
TBEDC Class of 2008
TBEDC Class of 2007

Attendance Policy:

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class, but credit may be applied towards another UT CIS course.

Dress Code:

The attire for TBEDC is business casual.

Questions or More Information:

Contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director (865) 974-8464 or email at kim.denton@tennessee.edu

Other TCED Economic Development Courses: