Economic Development Course Frequently Asked Questions

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COST: The 2015 course fee for all participants was $695 (there is a separate, additional fee due to the University if you elect to take the course for college credit). The regular fee covers instruction, course manual, class picture, a Thursday evening reception, daily continental breakfasts, Friday buffet breakfast, and Monday through Thursday lunches.

MEALS: Continental breakfast is served Tuesday through Thursday morning in the Horizon Convention Center from 7:15 am through 8:00 am.  Although the menu will vary, this normally will consist of fresh fruit, rolls, muffins, bagels or donuts, coffee, tea, and fruit juices. We will provide a hot, country style buffet breakfast on Friday morning from 7:15 am through 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided on Monday through Thursday. On Thursday evening, there will be a TGIT (Thank Goodness it's Thursday) Celebration with food stations, a host (then cash) bar, music, and dancing. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: This course is generously supported by a number of organizations dedicated to the development and prosperity of Indiana. See our sponsor page for a list of utilities that offer full non-credit tuition scholarships to participants who reside in their Indiana service areas. 

LOCATION: All program sessions will be held at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street, Muncie, Indiana.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund will be given if notice of cancellation is received by the specified date. No refund will be given for any cancellations received after that time. Replacement participants may be accepted to the class with permission of the appropriate scholarship provider if applicable. Scholarship recipients wishing to cancel their registration should inform the scholarship provider and Jes Beals - in writing - of their intention, so that the scholarship might be awarded to someone else.  Scholarship recipients that cancel after the refund deadline will be held personally responsible for the entire $695 course fee.

CREDIT: You may earn three credit hours of graduate or undergraduate credit through the BSU Department of Urban Planning that may be transferable to other universities. For instructions and more information, please see our application page

ADDITIONAL CREDIT COST: If you choose to take the course for credit, there is an additional tuition fee due separately to Ball State University on top of the non-credit fee of $695.  Utility scholarships cover only the Building Better Communities $695 fee.  

SESSIONS: Registration runs from 9:00-10:00 am on Monday morning.  The full agenda is available here.  Most session topics are mandated by the International Economic Development Council which accredits the course and are considered mandatory to receive a certificate of completion toward your certification. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students attending the Indiana Economic Development Course are required to attend all sessions in order to receive IEDC credit toward certification and automatic acceptance to the Economic Development Institute (EDI). No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency, or business emergency. If illness, family emergency, or business emergency forces a student to be absent more than 10 percent (three hours) of the course, credit cannot be granted. If you must miss class, please see the Course Director ahead of time so your absence can be noted. No refunds can be given for time absent during the course.

OUT-OF-STATE PARTICIPANTS: Speakers are aware that there may be non-Indiana 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 Indiana's, you may find some presentations less applicable, but all participants are welcome!  

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: We are happy to provide special lunches for participants with food allergies and other dietary restrictions if you let us know on your registration form that you will need special accommodations.  We cannot guarantee special meals if we are not made aware of your needs in advance.   

WI-FI: The Horizon Convention Center offers free wireless internet service, but large amounts of internet traffic can cause it to be intermittent.  


January 12-16, 2015 | Muncie, IN | Horizon Convention Center | Contact Us
Building Better Communities
Carmichael Hall (CA), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-2773
Fax: 765-285-4989
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