Community Development Academy

    Community development practitioners will benefit from this intensive course, which is designed for community development practitioners and covers the concepts, methods, and strategies of community economic development. The course provides practitioners with perspectives and practical skills surrounding community development in North Carolina.

    In 2024, we will hold our Community development academy completely on-line via zoom.

    Dates for 2024

    February 7, 2024

    February 14, 2024

    February 21, 2024

    February 18, 2024


    March 6, 2024

    March 13, 2024

    March 20, 2024

    March 27, 2024


    April 3, 2024

    April 10, 2024

    April 17, 2024

    April 24, 2024


    May 1, 2024



    Additional information

    Class Schedule for 2023

    Topics include:

    • community development finance
    • affordable housing strategies and tools
    • role of economic development
    • CDBG and related grant programs
    • environmental finance
    • visioning and citizen participation
    • tools for group decision-making
    • purchasing and contracting
    • measuring success
    • grants management

    Click Here to see Required Attendance Policy

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: This course is approved with the American Planning Association for 37 hours of AICP credits. Click HERE for more information. You can self-report your hours using THIS FORM.


    The training enables each participant to receive a Certificate of completion, awarded by the School of Government. In order to receive a certificate, participants must attend the entire training course and successfully complete an open-book exam.
    There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

    Please take the questionnaire below to see if you qualify for any scholarships. Please note that some deadlines for scholarships may fall outside of the registration dates of this course.

    For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

    Dale Zuckert

    Assistant Registrar
    For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

    Carla Stowe

    Program Manager, Law and Finance Group
    David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government; Lead Faculty, Development Finance Initiative