Professional Development

OEDA provides dynamic year-round training opportunities on the range of economic development topics.  Our classes offer broad-based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core competencies, and tools required to compete in today’s global economy with a focus on economic development in Oregon, both urban and rural. This program is produced by OEDA’s Professional Development Committee chaired by Annie Gorski (City of Salem) and AJ Foscoli (City of Dallas).

Stay Informed of PD Classes
See the OEDA calendar for upcoming classes. If you’d like to be added to the OEDA Professional Development listserv, email

Who Can Attend?
This program is geared toward all members of the economic development community.  Classes may also be of interest to: city administrators, land use planners, elected and appointed officials, workforce partners, real estate and finance partners, utilities, and anyone with an interest in economic OEDAdevelopment and Oregon’s economy. OEDA Members enjoy discounted registration.

Oregon Certified Economic Development Program
Launched in 2017, the OCED program is a formal certification program aimed at ensuring that Oregon’s economic development professionals receive the most current and relevant training in topics in Oregon economic development.  Most classes offered can be applied toward an OCED certification.

Rural Scholarships Available
OEDA is pleased to offer professional development scholarships to rural communities, in partnership with Business Oregon and the Ford Family Foundation. Scholarships are approved on a rolling basis and according to availability of funds.  Individuals that meet the criteria will be notified with an approval email and coupon code. Please await code before registering. Priority is given to applicants that best meet the criteria and that will benefit most from professional development opportunities. View Rural Scholarship Application: 2018 OEDA Professional Development Rural Scholarships

Program Sponsors
Our sponsors are passionate about supporting Oregon’s economy.  THANK YOU for making this impactful program possible!