True South Basic Economic Development Course

Where:  Trent Lott Center, Hattiesburg, MS

When:   September 19-22, 2016

More info. and registration

An introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base, and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification. This course also satisfies the IEDC course requirement for Introduction to Economic Development.


  • Develop a network of fellow economic developers
  • Learn the fundamentals of economic development
  • The start of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation
  • Earn graduate credit hours


Providing a solid foundation for entry-level economic development practitioners, Basic Economic Development Courses serve as the equivalent to IEDC's  Introduction to Economic Development course course in preparation for the IEDC  Certification exam.

Accreditation by IEDC ensures that each BEDC covers subject areas determined to be the core building blocks in any economic development organization.

These courses are run independently from IEDC and independently from one another. If you would like more information or would like to register, please use the given contact for each course for more detailed information.





The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions. They can be reached via their website or by calling 202.223.7800.


For more information about the course, contact:

Chad R. Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator of the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program
The University of Southern Mississippi
College of Business; Department of Economic Development & Tourism

118 College Drive, #5176
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Tel: 601.266.6666 Fax: 601.266.6071

The True South news release has more information about the 2013 program.

We've also added pictures on our Southern Miss Economic Development Facebook page