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The Leading for Results course for Cohort 1 of LGFCU Fellows has been canceled, with all participants invited to participate in Cohort 2 or a session in 2019.

The Effective Supervisory Management Program course to be held Sept. 17-21 has been canceled.

The Development Finance Toolbox course to be held Sept. 18-19 has been canceled.

The first week of Municipal and County Administration to be held Sept. 18-21 has been postponed.

Please check our website for any other changes in course schedules.

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Brian Dabson

Research Fellow

Brian Dabson joined the School of Government in July 2016 after having retired from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, where he served as Associate Dean, Research Professor, and Director of the Institute of Public Policy. His previous positions include President of the Rural Policy Research Institute and President of Corporation for Enterprise Development.

Prior to coming to the United States in 1992, he was director of the Center for Employment Initiatives, a UK-based research and technical assistance nonprofit that worked across Europe on community and economic development programs, and in a number of local government planning and economic development positions in Liverpool and Glasgow. 

He was president of the Consortium of University Pubic Service Organizations (2014–2015), a member of the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (2007–2012), member of the National Steering Committee of the National Rural Assembly (2007–2011), and President of the Social Innovations Forum, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2000–2003).

Dabson has a master’s degree in social science from University of Birmingham Institute of Local Government Studies (Birmingham, England, UK) and an undergraduate degree in town planning from Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, England, UK). He was a chartered town planner and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Fields of Expertise
Community and Regional Resilience
Community Development
Economic Development
Regional and Rural Development
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