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Economic Development

  • Gain the tools needed to build stronger urban economies
  • Apply data to economic development problem-solving
  • Develop a catalog of best practices for what works in cities

The 21st century is the century of the city. We come together in cities, to live and to work, to play and to create. With more than half the world’s population currently living in cities—more than three billion people—and an estimated 60 million more moving to cities every year, cities are cauldrons of human creativity. The building of competitive, prosperous, and sustainable cities is the grandest of the grand challenges facing our world. Simply put, we will need new and innovative thinking brought to the forefront of urban economic development. Working with some of the leading economic development and city practitioners across the world, students will gain the skills, insights, and expertise needed to build more creative, innovative, and sustainable cities.

This summer, we will be offering all of our course and certificate content in asynchronous or synchronous online options or through remote instruction. Study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home.

Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability and Consequence Analysis

Establish a foundation for engaging in risk management by focusing on vulnerability and consequence analysis.

2020 Summer
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Infrastructure Incident and Consequence Management

Explore organizational structures that best support incident decision-making and the role of critical infrastructure consequence management.

2020 Summer
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Introduction to Critical Infrastructure: All-Hazards Approach

Acquire a framework for identifying and organizing critical infrastructure, and explore the relevant legislative and regulatory authorities.

2020 Summer
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Global Cities in a Post-Pandemic World

Gain insight into how global cities will recover and thrive in a post-pandemic world.

2020 Summer
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Post-Catastrophe Revitalization

Explore the issues and processes of post-catastrophe revitalization in regard to real estate, urban planning, construction, and economic development.

2020 Summer
1 section

Economic Development Principles and Partnerships

Learn how communities can establish ecosystems that foster cultural, entrepreneurial, civic, scientific, and artistic creativity.

Global Cities

Gain key insights into the challenges and trends impacting the world’s cities, including increased urbanization and social and equity divides.

Placemaking and Placekeeping

Learn best practices and approaches in creative placemaking, including neighborhood revitalization, public space use, and street-level programming.

Resilient Cities

Learn new approaches to building cities that incorporate climate and sustainability policies, physical development, and environment protection.

Startup Cities

Study various models and approaches for supporting innovation and startups in urban environments, including incubator and accelerator best practices.

Tools and Techniques for Understanding Urban Economies

Gain key insights into effective economic development research methods and associated strategies for communities.

More World Cities: London, Paris, and New York in the 20th Century

This course covers art, architecture, politics, planning, and urban technology in London, Paris, and New York in the 20th century.

The Changing City: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

In eight illustrated lectures, see how New York neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.