Community Development Academy

  • Chapel Hill, NC

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.

This year we will hold our traditional in-person six-day course, March 21–23, and April 18–20, 2023.



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.

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.

2022 CDA Agenda (pdf, 309 KB)
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, Local and State Government Group
Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Term Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Development Finance Initiative