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When: Wednesday, March 8 – April 19, 2023 | 6-9 PM
Where: UMSL@ Grand Center, 3651 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63108 and on-site at specific development sites (see individual modules for other location details)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT is key to regional success.
This Chancellor’s Certificate program, Fundamentals of Economic Development, covers introductoryeconomic and community development concepts and tools to attract, assess, and support development and redevelopment opportunities in our communities. Course modules, held at UMSL at Grand Center and two development sites, will lead participants through the steps necessary to develop and implement economic development plans and projects.
This introductory program is designed for:
You may register for the full course (seven modules) or take individual modules of your choice.
$450 for all 7 modules
Chancellor's Certificate: Earn a noncredit UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development by completing six of seven modules. You may sign up for the entire course or for individual modules.
Instructors: Course instructors are senior economic development professionals working in Missouri and Illinois, representing nonprofit, public, and private perspectives.
Partnership: This fundamentals course is offered by the UMSL Public Policy Administration Program, the Urban Land Institute–St. Louis, and the Community Builders Network.
Please note, registration for these modules is limited, so don't delay registering.
Module 1: Economic Development— A Public Perspective
Learn about the role of local government in economic development and discuss the necessary conditions to foster a successful business climate. Consider the many facets of economic development and how they relate to different sectors and stakeholders.
Instructors: Amy Hamilton, City Manager, City of Richmond Heights, MO
Julianne Stone, Adjunct Faculty, UMSL Public Policy Administration
Location: UMSL@Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108
Module 2: Regional Assets Driving Economic Development
Discuss how a coordinated approach and intergovernmental collaboration can positively impact and protect economic development efforts at the local level. What is the role of regional agencies and how do these agencies impact local economies?
Betsy Cohen, Executive Director, STL Mosaic ProjectRhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, St. Louis-Lambert International AirportSusan Trautman, Chief Executive Officer, Great Rivers Greenway
Joel Oliver, Chief Development Officer, Green Street Development
Location: Green Street Development, 4565 McRee Avenue, 63110
Module 3: Perspectives on Economic Development Planning
Discuss an economic development planning approach that includes market context analysis, stakeholder involvement, and local government roles. We will consider the planning process from a variety of angles including, city, county, and chamber perspectives.
David Leezer, Assistant City Manager City of Hazelwood, MO
Maxine Clark, Chief Inspirator, Delmar DivINe
Location: Delmar, 5501 Delmar Blvd., 63112
Module 4: Where the Rubber Meets the Road—Understanding the Developer’s Perspective
The plan is in place. What’s next? Understand the basics of the development process and the numbers that make the deal work, including the language of developers and contractors and the expectations of those with whom you are doing business.
John Langa, Vice President, Economic Development, Bi-State Development
Module 5: Business Attraction — Tools for Site Selection & Marketing Your Community
Consider your community from a business’ perspective. Discuss the assets that allow the region to compete nationally. What data is important to consider and present to support business attraction? What work still needs to be done on marketing your community to those interested in locating here or expanding their presence?
CaraWeber, VicePresident, BusinessRecruitment, MissouriPartnership
Ruth Sergenian, Director of Economic Research, Alliance STL
Module 6: The Intersection of Community and Business
Explore the connections between community development and economic development. Discuss the importance of place-making, infrastructure, and comprehensive planning for attracting residents, workers, and businesses. Understand the roleof community-based organizations in supporting neighborhood economic development.
Matt Wetli, Principal, Development StrategiesPaul Woodruff, Vice President of Community Development, St. Louis Community Credit Union
Module 7: Ethical Economic Development Decision Making
Maintaining public trust is critical. In this highly- interactive session, we will explore how our individual and collective ethics and values impact critical decision-making in local government policy and economic development.
Instructor: Wally Siewert, Director, Civic Engagement & FOCUS Impact Fellows, FOCUS St. Louis
Informationumsl.edu/go/ecodevor call (314) 516-6713
For those who register for the Entire Session, cancellations received five business days prior to the first date of the program will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee.
For those who register for Individual Modules, cancellations received five business days prior to the date of the module that you wish to cancel will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee.
If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us of this change at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless you cancel as per the guidelines noted above, even if you do not attend class, you will be billed for the registration fee once you register.
For those registering for the Entire Session, if payment is not received at least two days before the first class, we reserve the right to cancel your registration.
For those registering for Individual Modules, if payment is not received at least two days before the module date, we reserve the right to cancel your registration.
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