Course Information

Adams Pointe Conference Center

The Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) offers intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods, and strategies of local economic development. A diverse and experienced faculty, composed of both academicians and practitioners, gives an excellent blend of theory and practice. Graduation from HEDC fulfills one of the education prerequisites for those who wish to take examinations for Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation.

Heartland is held in the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO from April 23rd through the 26th. An evening reception is held the night prior on the 22nd at the Conference Center. The format consists of interactive presentations, panels, and discussions facilitated by Heartland's expert faculty.  



HEDC is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation(s), please notify us at 1-800-782-9520 as soon as possible so necessary arrangements can be made.

Course Materials

HEDC participants are provided all required course materials online prior to the start of the course.  Participants will be provided with an IEDC Introduction to Economic Development manual upon course check-in. 


Several meals are included in the course fee. A full breakfast and break service each day, lunches Tuesday - Thursday, and  organized dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday. See the FAQ page for more details.

Attendance Policy

HEDC participants are required to attend all sessions to receive credit for the course and obtain a certificate of completion. Accommodations for schedule conflicts, sickness, etc. may be made by contacting the course director, James Hoelscher

Cancellation Policy

Registration may be canceled by March 25, 2024 for a full refund. Cancellations received by April 8, 2024 will be refunded at only 50% of the course fee. on or after April 8, 2024, no refunds will be issued. Any registered attendee who does not submit a cancellation and does not attend the course is required to pay their balance in full. Substitutions are welcome with prior notification.