CLED Courses 2022

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD - Ethics
Mary Ann Moon, CEcD - Ethics

Mary Ann Moon leads the discussion on ethics at the Basic Economic Development Course

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Dr. Ed Bee, CEcD- Strategic Planning
Dr. Ed Bee, CEcD- Strategic Planning

Dr. Bee leads the discussion on strategic planning at the Basic Economic Development Course

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Scot Byrd, CLED - Finance
Scot Byrd, CLED - Finance

Scot Byrd leads the discussion on finance at the Basic Economic Development Course

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       Upcoming Courses for 2022

With the exception of Basic Economic Development Course, courses are not accredited by the IEDC.  They are offered as part of the "Certified Louisiana Economic Developer" (CLED) designation.

       Real Estate Development & Re-Use

                           August 24-25, 2022


                            Trey Hough

     Early Registration through July 23rd - LIDEA Members $350        

     Early Registration through July 23rd - Non Members $400 


     Regular Registration July 24-August 17th - LIDEA Members $400 

     Regular Registration July 24-August 17th - Non Members $450  

Course Description:

Course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatement's, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.


Attendees will be introduced to the basics of real estate development and reuse. Participants will be introduced to the development process and the roles of the private and public sector and non-profits.

                    Marketing and Attraction

                                   October 4-5, 2022


                          Sharon Younger

     Early Registration - LIDEA Members   $350 - Dates TBA

     Early Registration - Non Members     $400 Dates TBA


     Regular Registration - LIDEA Members $400 Dates TBA

     Regular Registration - Non Members   $450  Dates TBA

Course Description:

None of the other work you do as an economic developer matters much if you aren't telling your story well to get potential new investors interested.

Find out how to evaluate your product and understand the marketplace in order to be successful in marketing and attraction.  From essentials to targeting to digital tools, this course provides an overview of the marketing world specifically for economic developers.  A case study and peer evaluations of marketing materials provide valuable interaction.


Why all the buzz about branding?

How do site consultants view your community?

Are you getting the bang for your buck in digital?

Find out here.  

Course Highlights:

  • LA Certified Sites Program

  • LA Real Estate Trends and Financing Tools

  • Understanding the Land Development Process

  • Infrastructure for Development

  • Land Development Lab

  • Speculative Building Development

  • Land and Building Reuse

  • Downtown and Neighborhood Reuse

  • Effects of COVID 19 and current European Wars on real estate and economic development.

LIDEA Professional Development Programs are an Equal Opportunity Provider.  Special accomodations will be made by participants with disabilities or special needs.

Event Location:


1514 Martens Drive

Hammond LA


There is ample parking within our parking lot.

Event Times:


Hotel Recommendations:

While there are no hotel room blocks, LIDEA recommends the following options as having always provided good service and a reasonable cost:

Courtyard by Marriott

1605 S. Magnolia Street, Hammond, LA 

 Phone: (985) 956-7730

Holiday Inn                          

1819 SW Railroad Avenue, Hammond, LA 

Phone: (985) 662-3877 


Hampton Inn                        

401 Westin Oak Drive, Hammond, LA 

Phone: (985) 419-2188 

Most courses are offered on the Southeastern campus. Event registration will have information on classroom location.

The Certified Louisiana Economic Developer (CLED) training program is a joint effort between LIDEA, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Louisiana Economic Development.


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