Learn how to build economic development skills from professional developers through courses offered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Development Institute (EDI), The National Development Council (NDC), Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) and Alliant Energy.
Program examples include, but are not limited to:
- Sponsorship of entrepreneurship networks or club activities
- Workforce development, business retention and attraction workshops
- Consulting fees
We will pay a portion of the total cost for approved economic development courses, including a CEcD certification, up to a maximum of $550 per developer annually.
- The professional developer or associate must be actively involved in economic development activities in a community or county primarily served by Alliant Energy.
- The development organization that employs the applicant agrees to pay a portion of expenses to enable the developer to complete the course.
- Only one scholarship will be awarded per person annually.
- This program is specifically for accredited economic development education (i.e. finance course specific to economic development). Professional membership conferences, such as WEDA, PDI, EDAM, MAEDC, CDFA and IEDC are not covered. Eligibility guidelines must be met with this exception: Communities do not need an available industrial building or an improved site.