Community Economic Development Courses
The L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs offers two courses, a one credit and a two credit course in community and economic development. The one credit course provides the fundamentals of economic development influences, public policy analysis and preparation and community organization and strategies. The second course offers a practical application of these concepts through a series of role-playing simulations. The courses can be taken separately or together although some prior knowledge will be required to gain the most benefit and be most effective in the simulation course. Coursework is targeted to community representatives, graduate students, and professionals seeking continuing education. Classes are offered in a condensed seminar format in a series of full-day sessions. The 2015 sessions will be in June. Check back in early 2015 for exact dates and times..
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.