Thank you for your interest in the Fundamentals of Economic Development Chancellor’s Certificate program. Unfortunately, the 2020 program, which was postponed due to COVID-19, has now been cancelled. 

Working with our instructors, we plan to offer the program in Spring 2021.
Registration will likely begin near the beginning of 2021. You may check this webpage for updates.  

Economic Development is key to regional success. This Chancellor's Certificate program, Fundamentals of Economic Development, covers introductory economic and community development concepts and tools to attract, assess, and support development and redevelopment opportunities in our communities. Course modules will lead participants through the steps necessary to develop and implement econimic development plans and projects.

This program is designed for:

  • Public sector economic development commissioners and staff
  • Special taxing district commissioners and staff
  • Elected officials
  • Community Development Corporation board members and staff
  • Private sector specialists
  • Citizens and students interested in economic/ community development

For planning purposes only, here are the details of the cancelled 2020 program:

When: Thursdays, April 2, to May 21 from 6-9 p.m. (Note, no class on April 23).

Where: Module locations include UMSL at Grand Center, the Excel Center on Gravois, and Moulin Events on Chouteau Ave.

Registration Fee: $400 for the Entire Session of 7 modules, or $75 for individual modules

Instructors: Course instructors are senior economic development professionals working in Missouri and Illinois, representing nonprofit, public, and private perspectives.

Partnership: The course is offered by the UMSL Public Policy Administration program, the Urban Land Institute–St. Louis, and the Community Builders Network.

Chancellor's Certificate: Earn a noncredit UMSL Chancellor's Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development by completing six of the seven modules in this year's program. Please note, hours from this course WILL NOT carry over to next year's program. To receive the chancellor's certificate, you MUST attend at least six modules during this session. 

Cancellation policy

Module Descriptions:

Module 1 | April 2 | Economic Development - A Public Perspective 
Learn about the role of local government in economic development and discuss the necessary conditions to foster a successful business climate. Consider the many facets of economic development and how they relate to different sectors and stakeholders.
Instructors: Amy Hamilton, City Manager, City of Richmond Heights, Mo.;
Julianne Stone, Adjunct Faculty, UMSL Public Policy Administration
Location: UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108

Module 2 | April 9 | The Intersection of Community and Business 
Explore the connections between community development and economic development. Discuss the importance of place-making, infrastructure, and comprehensive planning for attracting residents, workers, and businesses. Understand the role of community-based organizations in supporting neighborhood economic development.
Instructors: Matt Wetli, Principal, Development Strategies;
Paul Woodruff, Executive Director, Prosperity Connection
Location: Excel Center, 2828 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63118

Module 3 | April 16 | Planning Your Economic Development Future and Making It a Reality
Discuss an economic development planning approach that includes market context analysis, stakeholder involvement, and local government roles. We will also consider steps in the implementation process via a tour and presentation of a planned mixed-use development on Chouteau Avenue in Lafayette Square.
Instructors: Bob Lewis, Assistant Professor, Urban Planning & Development, Saint Louis University;
Paul Hamilton, Owner, Hamilton Hospitality STL
Jefferson Ballroom, 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63103

No class April 23

Module 4 | April 30 | Regional Approaches to Economic Development
Discuss how a coordinated approach and intergovernmental collaboration can positively impact and protect economic development efforts at the local level. What is the role of regional agencies and how do these agencies impact local economies?
Panel: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, St. Louis-Lambert International Airport;
Mike Kearney, Director of Economic Development, Ameren Corporation;
John Nations, Member, Evans & Dixon, LLC;
Susan Trautman, Executive Director, Great Rivers Greenway
Location: UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108

Module 5 | May 7 | Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Understanding the Developer's Perspective
The plan is in place. What’s next? Understand the basics of the development process and the numbers that make the deal work, including the language of developers and contractors and the expectations of those with whom you are doing business.  
Instructor:  John Langa, Vice President, Economic Development, Bi-State Development
Location: UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108

Module 6 | May 14 | Business Attraction - Tools for Site Selection & Marketing Your Community Consider your community from a business’ perspective. Discuss the assets that allow the region to compete nationally. What data is important to consider and present to support business attraction? What work still needs to be done on marketing your community to those interested in locating here or expanding their presence?
Instructors: Doug Rasmussen, President and CEO, Steadfast City;
Ruth Sergenian, Director Economic Research, Alliance STL
Location: UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108

Module 7 | May 21 | Ethical Economic Development Decision Making
Maintaining public trust is critical. In this highly-interactive session, we will explore how our individual and collective ethics and values impact critical decision-making in local government policy and economic development.
Instructor: Wally Siewert, Director, Civic Engagement & FOCUS Impact Fellows, FOCUS St. Louis
UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive, 63108

Cancellation policy: For those who register for the Entire Session, cancellations received five business days prior to the first date of the program will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. For those who register for Individual Modules, cancellations received five business days prior to the date of the module that you wish to cancel will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee.

If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us of this change at

Unless you cancel as per the guidelines noted above, even if you do not attend class, you will be billed for the registration fee once you register.

Payment Due: For those registering for the Entire Session, if payment is not received at least two days before the first class, we reserve the right to cancel your registration. For those registering for Individual Modules, if payment is not received at least two days before the module date, we reserve the right to cancel your registration.