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Online Training Course: Neighborhood Development Strategies

Date: September 24 - 25, 2020

Location: Online (This course is no longer being held in Minneapolis, MN. See below for more details.)

Time: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm ET


As a follow-up to IEDC’s organizational statement made on March 9 on the evolving situation with the Coronavirus/COVID-19, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of registrants and instructors IEDC has made the decision to shift our Neighborhood Development Strategies Training course happening September 24-25, from an in-person course format into an online course format. The Neighborhood Development Strategies Training course originally scheduled to occur in Minneapolis, MN, September 24-25, will no longer be held face-to-face. Instead, you can attend from the comfort and safety of your own home or office on the same dates (September 24-25). We apologize for the inconveniences you will experience as result of this change. We will email current registrants with more details and we hope that you are satisfied with our solution.

Course Dates - Dates of the online Neighborhood Development Strategies Training course remains September 24-25, 2020. The live sessions will occur between 10:30 am – 5:00 pm ET each day (subject to change). This course will offer an interactive experience for both instructors and attendees that allows everyone to engage with one another similarly to how they would in a classroom setting. We will be using Zoom software. A revised agenda will be forthcoming, however, for your information, we will be sure to take breaks throughout the day (in between sessions and for lunch).

This course is held in partnership with Minnesota Economic Development Foundation and in conjunction with Real Estate Development and Reuse Course on September 22-23. Register for both and save 15% on course fees by going to IEDC's Economic Development AcademyClick here for more information.

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This practitioner-driven course uses the case study method to complement current neighborhood development theory. Participants will learn how to identify the major neighborhood actors, their objectives, and strategies for redevelopment, in addition to understanding the process for creating a strategic economic development plan to meet the neighborhood development goals. Specifically, this course will examine social capital (e.g., linkages, networks, talent, etc.), environmental capital (e.g., stewardship, residual management, etc.) and economic capital (e.g., investment and reinvestment) facing distressed neighborhoods and offer solutions to address local needs.


Course Highlights:

• Asset creation, wealth creation, and enterprise development & expansion
• Housing development, real estate speculation, and tax-base stabilization
• Public and private sector role in combating inner city unemployment
• Examining historical and current neighborhood trends
• Performing leakage assessments and gap analyses
• Aligning strategic plans for multiple neighborhood groups
• Understanding the underserved needs for banking and grocery
• Working with media to share success stories



September 24


Economic development's core activities generally include retaining, creating and attracting businesses and jobs. Neighborhood economic development programs strive to improve the economic well-being and quality of life within a city or region by providing jobs and strengthening the tax base. This session will provide an overview of the basic tools and strategies used to economically improve neighborhoods. Expectations and objectives will be set for the next two days and attendees will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the class.




Players, Roles and Leadership
As in traditional economic development, it is important that public and private stakeholders work cooperatively to create a safe and healthy community. During this session, you will learn about the people, businesses and institutions in a typical neighborhood, the different roles each plays, and how you can engage in effective working relationships with various stakeholders.


Lunch on your own


The Neighborhood Economy
Before embarking on an economic development plan for a community, it is important to establish a baseline understanding of the neighborhood economy. By understanding the market dimensions of a particular neighborhood, economic developers can define a community's competitive strengths and align resources around focused strategies, all with an eye toward supporting businesses and marketing community assets.




Neighborhood Commercial Development
Neighborhood commercial development provides jobs for local residents as well as a tax base for the community. This session will focus on various mechanisms to achieve these goals. Since revitalization initiatives are multi-faceted, efforts must address improvements to the built environment as well as the social and economic conditions of the district and its surroundings. The session will highlight the importance of urban design, political and financial support, and the role of retail and non-retail establishments in strengthening the economic foundation of neighborhoods. An overview of business incentive programs that can be used to encourage investment will also be provided.


September 25


Workforce Development
This session focuses on one of the most important features of neighborhood development and revitalization: human capital. Workforce development and training programs, micro enterprise development, youth entrepreneurship, business development and safety are all components of economic development that support neighborhood development efforts. These programs will be discussed as well as how to facilitate and organize them within your neighborhood.




Community Economic Development
Economic development means the building of assets for a community and those who live there. A number of community economic development strategies have emerged in recent years to help build personal assets for individuals as well as the tax base for a community. This session will look at how economic developers can use banking, farmers' markets, entrepreneurship among other targeted strategies to support and enhance their economic development activity. The session will consider how community economic development can support new neighborhood developments, and the tools to get it done.


Lunch on your own


Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Disaster recovery planning and preparedness is no longer strictly for communities that regularly experience earthquakes or hurricanes. Whether the potential disasters are natural or manmade, communities must plan for disaster recovery in order to mitigate the impact that such a disaster could have on local businesses and residents. Planning for post-disaster situations can be a complicated, challenging and controversial process. Yet, a community engaging in difficult conversations regarding redevelopment choices before a major disaster strikes can help the community avoid dissatisfaction in an already challenging situation afterwards. Economic development professionals are uniquely positioned in the community to facilitate economic recovery - both before and after a disaster. Through their established connections with local businesses, they can coordinate involvement and leverage resources from the business community and are likely to take a leadership role in facilitating job recovery. This session will provide guidance to economic development professionals on the economic recovery process to stabilize the community‘s economic base after a disaster.


Interactive Neighborhood Development Case Study


* Agenda subject to change

**Please note: In order to receive full IEDC certification credit for this course and a certificate indicating course completion, attendance at all sessions on day 1 (Thursday) and day 2 of the course (Friday), as well as your participation in the interactive course activities are required to earn full credit. Partial credit is not given.**



Dionne Baux
Director of Urban Programs
Main Street America
Chicago, IL

As Director of Urban Programs, Dionne leads the initiative to broaden the Center’s offerings and engagement in urban neighborhood commercial districts. Dionne has over a decade of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization. She has extensive expertise engaging community stakeholders, identifying and implementing projects in conjunction with community based organizations, government institutions, and real estate development, as well as supporting capacity building opportunities.

Before joining the Center in 2016, Dionne served as Senior Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago where she managed economic development initiatives for the Chicago office, developed and led the award winning Business District Leadership program and the nationally recognized Smart Communities demonstration. Before LISC Chicago, Dionne served as a Financial Planning Analyst for the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development where she administered the Tax Increment Finance Interest Subsidy program for developers, rehabilitation grant programs to eligible Chicagoan residents and small business owners. Dionne holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dionne is a Faculty Advisor to the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship program for the City of Austin, Texas. Austin is facing explosive population growth which has resulted in an affordability crisis. Austin, TX’s EED fellowship focuses on working with current entrepreneurs and businesses owners are facing this affordability crisis to ensure everyone shares in the City’s growing prosperity.

Dionne also serves as an advisor board member to the Center of Technology in Government, University of Albany, SUNY IMLS research project “Enabling, Smart Inclusive and Connected Communities: The Role of Public Libraries” to provide strategic advice to the research team.

Locally, Dionne serves in an advisory board capacity to several entities in Chicago such as the Community Law Project, Active Transportation Alliance and Growing Homes, Inc.

Michael Berne
Founder & President
MJB Consulting
New York, NY and Berkeley, CA

Michael J. Berne is one of North America’s leading experts and futurists on Downtown and Main Street business districts as well as the retail industry more generally.

As the Founder and President of MJB Consulting, Michael has amassed more than twenty years of experience in conducting market analyses, developing citywide retail plans, devising revitalization and recruitment strategies as well as spearheading implementation efforts on behalf of public, quasi-public, non-profit and private sector clients across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Michael is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at industry conferences, including those of the International Downtown Association (IDA), the National Main Street Center, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), among others.

Michael has lectured at University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on expert advisory panels for the ULI and IEDC. He is quoted often in high-profile publications such as the Financial Times, TheStreet and the Washington Post.

In addition to his widely followed “Retail Contrarian” blog, Michael has penned numerous articles for ULI’s monthly magazine, Urban Land, and authored the chapter on retail in “Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places” (Island Press, 2018). He is a founding Board member of a new online publication called the American Downtown Revitalization Review (ADRR).

Michael has also served on IDA’s Board of Directors, including a term as the Vice Chair of its Executive Committee.

Before founding MJB Consulting, Michael worked on market studies and commercial revitalization for a planning consultancy, leasing and acquisitions for an urban retail developer, and policy analysis for a citywide elected official.

Michael received a B.A. degree from Columbia University (Columbia College) in New York City, and an M.Phil degree from Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius College) in the U.K.

A native New Yorker, Michael currently splits his time between residences/offices in Manhattan’s Union Square and Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood.

Diane Lupke, CEcD, FM
Diane Lupke & Associates, Inc.
Newton, WI

Ms. Diane Lupke, CEcD, FM has more than thirty years of experience, currently as President of Diane Lupke & Associates, Inc., an economic development consulting firm, and previous experience in banking, government, and academia. Her work focuses on the identification of unique assets and opportunities on which a community can build, grow, and sustain itself over time and the financial and organizational structures to support them. She has provided technical assistance to more than one hundred cities, states, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Lupke has special expertise in working with distressed communities and emerging markets, in particular, sub–economic regions and micro clusters. Ms. Lupke wrote tax and financial incentive legislation creating or modifying enterprise zones in seven States and provided technical assistance to eleven Federal Empowerment Zones. Ms. Lupke has also written legislation to create seed and venture capital funds and support angel investments.

The wide range of her practice includes work focused on:

- Strategic Planning and Organizational Capacity
- Competitive Asset Analysis
- Industrial Policy Design and Restructuring
- Talent Strategies
- Seed Capital, Financing, and Tax Legislation
- Rural Town and Region Regeneration

Prior to founding Diane Lupke & Associates in 1990, Ms. Lupke held management positions with Trustcorp Bank and the State of Indiana. Earlier, she was a Research Associate at Indiana University where she also served as an Adjunct Professor.

Ms Lupke has been an active member of the International Economic Development Council for many years and received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Economic Development in 2012. She previously served on its Board of Directors. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, serves as the North American Editor for the journal Local Policy based in the United Kingdom, and co-authored the OECD publication Entrepreneurship: A Catalyst for Urban Regeneration.



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This course meets the professional development requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam. CEcDs earn recertification credits for participation.




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