Community Economic Development
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Within the United States and across the world, the role of local institutions, both public and private, is emerging as a key factor in establishing development policies. With the growing political philosophy that federal and/or central governments can no longer play a dominate role in policy formation, the responsibility for providing key public services and the formation of community economic development policies is taking on a greater grassroots approach. As local institutions assume a greater role, research, teaching and outreach on the economic, social and political challenges facing local residents is becoming increasingly important.
Faculty in this interdisciplinary field work closely with colleagues in Urban and Regional Planning, the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs and Community and Environmental Sociology, and students benefit from related courses taught in those departments.