Mark Your Calendar: “Bring a Friend” to SPA and SURP Open House Event

The School of Public Administration and the School of Urban and Regional Planning are co-hosting a “Bring a Friend” Open House event on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Jupiter campus, and on Thursday, March 7th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Fort Lauderdale campus.

Current students and alumni are invited to bring a friend who wants to learn about the benefits of these two Schools’ degree programs, the required courses of study, and the flexible options that are available for students to achieve the success they desire.

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What is economic development?


This course provides a practical overview that highlights economic development approaches and analytical methods. What is economic development? Are cities that engage in economic development programs doing so based on economic rationale or are these programs politically driven? Why do counties and cities engage in economic development planning? Do the programs even make sense? In planning the optimal, practical economic development program, how do you overcome politics to implement a solid program? How do you ensure that the incentives you may propose will result in the desired economic development behavior? Finally, given any economic development program, how do you evaluate it to fine-tune it and improve it in the future?

The early part of the course revolves around general theories of economic development and the origins of economic development policy, measurement, and assessment. Through a series of papers, this course enables students to either craft their own economic development program in relation to an existing need or improving on an existing economic development program. The outcome of this course is a well-crafted, well-documented economic development plan ranging from the history of the proposed approach to incentivizing, evaluating, and critiquing their proposed program.

For additional information, please contact Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., AICP:

FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions

The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University (College of Social Design & Inquiry, School of Urban and Regional Planning) uses research, education, and community engagement to address challenges in urban planning, land use transportation, and environmental stewardship.