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)



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.
  • Online
    February 1 - April 25, 2024
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 24, 2024 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after January 25, 2024, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at or 919.966.4414.

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