Community Development Certificate Program
The L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs offers a three-credit professional certificate program in community and economic development. Coursework is targeted to community representatives, graduate students, and professionals seeking continuing education. Certificates are awarded to participants who complete both courses. Classes are offered in a condensed seminar format in a series of full-day sessions. The Next Session of the Certificate Program is June 7 & 8 for course 1 and June 21, 22, 28 & 29 for course 2.
An overview of community economic development fundamentals, this course is offered in a two-day seminar. Material covered in the course includes: economic development influences, public policy analysis and preparation, and community organization and strategies. To explore recent urban development approaches, the class will utilize local Kansas City case studies and guest lectures by current community development professionals. The case studies will incorporate discussion of finance sourcing and development management.
The second course is offered in four full-day sessions. The coursework is organized around four project simulations addressing the following themes: community-based redevelopment, public interest development, institution-based redevelopment, and public/private partnerships. Professionals experienced in community economic development will join the simulations as advisors.
About the Instructor
The two-course sequence is taught by Jim Scott, who brings his award-winning community economic development project experience to the classroom.