AZED Pro Cohort Program

Cohort Program

The AAED Professional Education Committee is thrilled to announce the launch of our groundbreaking Economic Development Cohort Program, designed to empower both aspiring and established practitioners, innovators, and leaders in driving economic growth and fostering prosperity throughout Arizona.

The world is constantly evolving, and so are the challenges we face. AAED’s Economic Development Cohort Program aims to cultivate a diverse group of visionaries who will spend a year learning together and leave with AZED Pro certification, lasting relationships in the industry and the tools to develop innovative solutions, spark job creation, and build resilient economies in their local communities and beyond.

AZED Pro Cohort Program

Program Benefits

What’s in store for you in the AAED Economic Development Cohort Program?

  • A streamlined path to your AZED Pro Certification: A clear start and completion date where you register once, pay once, and receive your certification with your cohort.
  • Comprehensive Training: Gain access to content developed by industry experts and thought leaders, covering topics such as strategic planning, business development, financial management, marketing strategies, and more. You will also participate in a unique project tour and lunch and learns with your cohort.
  • Mentorship & Networking: Collaborate with a seasoned economic development practitioner, who will guide and inspire you throughout the program. Build valuable connections with like-minded individuals who share your passion for economic development and unlock opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Time Commitment

You are expected to attend all AAED Cohort programs for the calendar year including academy courses throughout Arizona. See the FAQ for more details.

How to Apply

If you’re ready to embark on this transformative journey and make a lasting impact, we encourage you to apply for the AAED Economic Development Cohort Program using the form below. Prior to applying, please review the Cohort Program Calendar below and verify you can attend all the program dates listed as this program requires 100% participation. Please note, the application for the 2024 class has closed. 

The 2025 Cohort Program application will open on August 1. If you are interested in receiving a notification when it opens, please fill out the interest form below. 

2024 Academy Calendar

  • March 27, 2024 – Economic Development and Arizona (Green)
  • April 23, 2024 in Lake Havasu City – Workforce Development (Orange)
  • May 14, 2024 – Northern Summit Overlay on Tourism (Grey)
  • June 26, 2024 in Phoenix – Arizona Taxation, Finance & Incentives (Gold)
  • August 28, 2024 in Phoenix – Marketing and Business Development (Red)
  • September 25, 2024 in Phoenix – Business Retention and Expansion (Blue)
  • October 23, 2024 in Prescott – Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development (Purple)

*The dates and topics are subject to change in the next couple of weeks; however, the months will remain the same*

Program Cost

  • Members: $1,080 ($154 per class)
  • Non-Members: $1,255 ($179 per class)

2025 AZED Pro Cohort Interest Form