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Joaquin Herranz Jr
PB AF 566
Seattle Campus

Community Economic Development

Explores the relationship between local community economic development, environmental sustainability, cultural vitality, and trend in regional and national economics, with specific focus on how to make community and economic investments that yield development outcomes that contribute to economic, equitable, environmental, and cultural vitality.

Class description

We begin this course with the assumption that community and economic development are inextricably linked. Furthermore, this interrelationship prevails at various community scales from the smallest neighborhood to the region and beyond. In this context, the notion of community has both physical and social dimensions. Sometimes community refers to a geographic place and its physical manifestations like housing, streets, sidewalks, parks and transportation (i.e., the Delridge community). At other times, community refers to people with an affinity and historical connection with one another over time and space (ie. the Filipino community). Sometimes these physical and social communities overlap.

In this class, we explore the relationship between local community economic development, environmental sustainability, cultural vitality, and trends in the regional and national economies. Specifically, we focus on how to make community and economic investments that yield development outcomes that contribute to economic, equitable, environmental, and cultural vitality. This approach extends a triple bottom line approach that seeks to benefit profits, people, and the planet, to also include creativity–a quadruple bottom line perspective.

Student learning goals

Define community development and economic development, and discuss their interrelationships;

explain why one might be concerned about community when undertaking local economic development;

analyze the connections between community-based economic development, environmental sustainability, cultural vitality, the regional economy, and transnational economic relationships;

distinguish among the communities of interest, the roles they play in the economic development process, and the mechanisms that facilitate these roles;

identify alternative methods of community based economic development that are available to practitioners and policy makers;

recognize areas that are ripe for intervention, given neighborhood change over time, larger economic forces, and political factors.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Class Participation (includes briefing packet): 25% Memos(3): 40% Final Paper and Presentation (group grade): 35%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 10/22/2009