Tracing our roots to the fall of 1946, the Southern Economic Development Council is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. We have members in 17 states in the American South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

One reason is to connect with the best! Whether that connection is access to the most knowledgeable network of economic development professionals in the country, site location consultants, educational sessions or online resources- SEDC delivers. These reasons are further expanded through our tagline.

Your membership allows you access to a network of people, resources, and tools to help you and your community. We assist in your professional development by providing seminars and education opportunities. SEDC realizes the importance and effect community development has on economic development, and in turn, supports and serves as the administrative entity for the Community Development Council (CDC).