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.

    The Community Development Academy alternates each year between “in person” classroom format and “online via Zoom.” In 2024, the course will be held online via Zoom 9:00 am – 12:15 pm on Thursdays as follows:

    Please be sure to add your physical address to your registration to ensure you receive your class materials.

    Dates for 2024


    • February 1, 2024
    • February 8, 2024
    • February 15, 2024
    • February 22, 2024
    • February 29, 2024


    • March 7, 2024
    • March 14, 2024
    • March 21, 2024
    • March 28, 2024 (no class – Easter weekend)


    • April 4, 2024
    • April 11, 2024
    • April 18, 2024
    • April 25, 2024 (take exam and turn it in a few days later)



    Members of Civic Federal Credit Union (Civic) and Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), who are local government employees, are eligible to apply for a scholarship towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

    • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
    • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
    • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
    • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

    Additional information

    Class Schedule for 2024

    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.

    Scholarships Available for January to March 2024 courses: Apply by December 1, 2023, for a Civic Local Foundation Scholarship.

    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