In partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park will offer a series of professional development courses for practioners and policy makers in planning and economic development. These courses will typically be eligible for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) continuing education credits.
The schedule for upcoming courses will be posted soon. Previous course offerings include the following:
Held in partnership with MEDA.
August 1-4, 2011
The Universities at Shady Grove
In a network economy where globalization is transforming the geography of business, innovation and entrepreneurship are critical to creating and sustaining local competitive advantage. Join the University of Maryland’s Scott Dempwolf and explore the concepts, tools, and methods you need to understand Regional Innovation Clusters, analyze regional networks, and to plan more efficient, more effective regional development strategies.
Regional Innovation Clusters and Cluster Analysis | August 1-2, 2011
This course will introduce the concept of Regional Innovation Clusters as they are defined by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Learn how to use location quotients and shift-share analysis: 1) to identify, describe, and map industry and occupational clusters; and, 2) to map regional innovation assets and identify gaps and targets for economic development strategies. The course will conclude with an overview of advanced cluster analysis methods, including brand-new tools developed by the instructor for visualizing clusters and supply chains.
Regional Innovation Clusters and Cluster Analysis| August 3-4, 2011
This course will introduce concepts and methods of Social Network Analysis and applications to economic development planning. Topics covered include network analysis to connect people, places, and events; network data and mathematical foundations; centrality; cohesive subgroups; social capital; roles and equivalence; and, hypothesis testing. The course will introduce and use UciNet and Netdraw software in hands-on exercises.
AICP-certified professionals may be able to earn 16 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits per two-day course, pending approval by APA. Courses may also be eligible for recertification credits for CEcD.
Location and Directions
Classes will be held in one of several state-of-the-art computer classrooms in the new Camille Kendall Academic Center on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland. The USG campus is well served by public transportation (including Metro) and parking is free. Several nearby hotels offer discounted rates for visitors attending events at USG.
Click here (http://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/about/visit) for more information about visiting the USG campus, including directions (by car or by public transportation), parking options, and a list of nearby hotels.
To learn more about the Universities at Shady Grove and the new Camille Kendall Academic Center, click here.