DCEDC’s Graduate Research Assistant Attends the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

From October 16-20, 2017, DCEDC’s graduate research assistant, Dominique Watson, attended the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course that was located at the Nicor Gas Headquarters in Naperville, IL. The course was a comprehensive 32-hour accredited economic development curriculum directed by Ivan Baker, President of the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois. This course is for individuals with 10 years or less experience in the economic development field. 25+ experienced faculty members pinpointed several topics in economic development that highlighted the focus of this course—the investor, the product, and the organization—such as community development, workforce development, retail development, real estate development, small business development, business retention, and more! Faculty members engaged the students by taking part in several case studies and discussions surrounding the focus of the course. A bus tour through the city of Naperville was added to the program for the first time, which allowed students to witness Naperville’s successful economic development as well as the areas that could be revitalized, firsthand.

A big thank you to John McCann and Ed Sitar from ComEd for granting scholarships that allowed Dominique and others to learn from this enriching experience and enhance their professional development. Another thank you goes out to ComEd for providing delicious meals for all who have attended the program.

For more information regarding the course, please visit www.bedcillinois.com

Photo Credit: Ivan Baker – Illinois Basic Economic Development Class of 2017