Introduction to Municipal Economic Development

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

Stu­dents will exam­ine the munic­i­pal eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment process through an analy­sis of the objec­tives, key play­ers, and pro­gram options. The objec­tive will be to have an under­stand­ing of the rela­tion­ship between com­mu­ni­ty and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and to be able to rec­og­nize the key issues, while look­ing at var­i­ous alter­na­tives and cur­rent trends.

Course at a glance
  • Learn from different municipal economic strategies and choose a case study for in-depth examination and discussion.
  • Online delivery.
  • May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
  • Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the role of economics and its relevance to economic development.
  • Identify the importance of clustering and community economic development.
  • Learn the processes involved in creating an economic development plan.
  • Explore the use of SWOT and PEST analysis in economic development.
  • Define the importance of public-private partnerships in economic development.
  • Understand the factors related to economic development such as marketing, promotion, target markets, the Internet, and site selection.
  • Recognize the importance of innovation and diversity in an economy.
  • Understand the potential consequences of unbalanced economic development.
Take note:

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Mar 18Mar 19




8:30 am – 4:30 pm MST


8:30 am – 4:30 pm MST



Apr 1 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Michael BrownID: michael-brown

Michael Brown has extensive experience in urban planning, including land use and housing. He is the founder of Brown and Associates Consulting, which is focused on supporting communities to utilize their assets and achieve development and sustainability outcomes. Michael has a passion for transitioning transportation and energy toward a sustainable form, as well as promoting human rights in housing. He has international experience in the Netherlands, where he studied urban development and management in Rotterdam. His master’s study focused on urban management approaches for generating wealth and well-being in cities.

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. There is a post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed after online sched­ule meet­ing dates. This infor­ma­tion will be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to you via your ual­ber­ta email address and the class syl­labus. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 14 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until March 18, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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  • Online delivery
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

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