Course Information

The Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania curriculum focuses on 10 core areas that serve as a foundation for economic development professionals. The 10 core areas include:

  • Marketing and Attraction
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Real Estate Development
  • Managing an Economic Development Organization
  • Ethics 

Group Exercise 
On the final day of the course, participants will be divided into groups and given a case study that involves a company looking to relocate. The groups will represent various types of potential communities that the company will be considering (i.e. rural, urban, etc.); each community will have their own negatives and positives. The groups will have a few hours to discuss the case study and then report to the class some key points about their community. A small group of economic development professionals will then facilitate a class discussion and Q & A on the case study. Participation in the group exercise is required as part of the course!


Course Attendance Policy

Participants are required to be present at all sessions in order ot receive credit for the course. No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency, or business emergency. If illnesss, immediate family emergency, or business emergency forces a participant 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. The course director does have some leeway to determine whether completion standards have been met. 

Who Should Attend

  • Business Development Professionals
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Community Development Practitioners
  • Community Volunteers
  • Cooperative Extension Personnel
  • Economic Development Practitioners
  • Financial Institutions
  • Municipal, Town, County, and State Governments
  • Planning and Development Agencies
  • Public Utility Personnel
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Business or Public Administration Graduate Students
  • Others interested in facilitating job creation and capital investment in their community, region, or state



Out-of-State Participants: Speakers are aware that there may be non-Pennsylvania residents in the group, but presentations may still lean toward in-state and surrounding states' data. If the demographics of your state vary significantly from Pennsylvania's, you may find some presentations less applicable, but all participants are welcome!