Course Description

BMC 325 Economic Development: Establishing the Foundation

The function of economic development is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of economic development in your community. There is no one way to do community economic development so each community, organization or volunteer will approach it differently.

This course will provide you with a good foundation of knowledge, tools and resources for working within community economic development and with elected officials, economic development practitioners, and stakeholders.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the basic concepts and strategies to apply community-driven economic development principles in your community.

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify what economic development is
  • Determine your role in the function of economic development
  • Examine the principles and theories of economic development and how economic development forms the foundation of every community
  • Explain the concept of community economic development (CED) versus traditional economic development
  • Identify how projects link into the continuous process of community-driven economic development
  • Describe the key elements of an economic development strategic plan
  • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers successfully meet local development challenges and opportunities

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Online Asynchronous
Apr 23, 2024 to May 27, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $425.00
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook required.
Section Notes

This course is offered by Economic Developers Alberta. If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866. Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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