The first step toward professional certification by the International Economic Development Council is the Basic Economic Development Course, which provides vital training to boost economic development at the local, regional or state level. The course serves a variety of professionals including local elected officials, government agency staff members, business leaders, community leaders and volunteers, and chamber of commerce or economic development organizations and their staff. Based on decades of experience providing valuable insights into economic development, the Basic Economic Development Course provides the fundamental concepts, tools and skills necessary to be successful in today's political, economic or business environments. The interactive workshop format is designed to produce immediate and tangible benefits for those seeking to improve job performance and economic development success. The four day, in-depth training covers a breadth and depth of topics to increase both knowledge and efficiency.