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    School of Business

    Hamline Campus
    1536 Hewitt Ave.
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Minneapolis Center
    1600 Utica Ave. S.
    St. Louis Park, MN

    Amir Sabbagh
    Graduate Admissions Counselor
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

  • Economic Development - Seminar Option

    This certificate is designed to give the participant an in-depth look at the economic development process from the perspective of both government agency and private sector developer. The instruction will cover the current tools available, the latest in viable development strategies and the critical elements economic development professionals and executive level administrators need to know for their communities to prosper and to create secure and enforceable development agreements.

    This certificate course started in March 2014, but you can still take any of the remaining two-day sessions as a seminar for $400. The full certificate course will be offered again in Fall 2015.

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    Individual Sessions

    Certificate topics

    The program consists of the following seven core modules: 

    • Introduction to economic development
    • What tools do we use and how do we use them: soft tools and hard finance tools
    • A day with developers
    • Housing and mixed use strategies
    • What economic development professionals need to know about housing and mixed use developments
    • Development negotiations, how do we get there?
    • Development pro-formas, bond ratings, and outside advice


    Session 4: Thursday, September 11, 2014 and Friday, September 12, 2014
    Session 5: Thursday, October 9, 2014 and Friday, October 10, 2014
    Session 6: Thursday, November 13, 2014 and Friday, November 14, 2014
    Session 7: Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Friday, January 9, 2015

    Each session will be scheduled as follows:
    Thursday sessions:  Noon - 6 p.m.
    Friday sessions:  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Seminar Option 

    Session 4: Thursday, September 11, 2014 and Friday, September 12, 2014
    This session is designed to review one of the more critical elements in economic development, the development agreement, and how to negotiate them.

    Development Agreements and Negotiations (the Art and the Science): Dr. Waldron
    The Agreement: Mary Ippel of Briggs and Morgan 

    Session 5: Thursday, October 9, 2014 and Friday, October 10, 2014
    This session is designed to delve into the real numbers side of analyzing a deal and how you close the gap!

    • Drilling into the “numbers” of a deal: Dr. Streetar
    • Building Community Support: Dr. Waldron
    • Case Study of the Oakdale Mall: Dr. Waldron
    • (Dan Nadenick, Dean of University of Georgia’s School of Landscape Architecture may guest lecture)

    Session 6: Thursday, November 13, 2014 and Friday, November 14, 2014
    This session entails site visits to three cities; participants will meet officials and tour specific sites in Columbia Heights, Oakdale, Roseville.

    Session 7: Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Friday, January 9, 2015
    This is the final class where final papers are presented. The instructor also provides a general public administration wrap up.

    • Presentations by Class
    • Wrap up: Dr. Waldron


    No credit or certificate is awarded for the seminars.