Community Economic Development

Community economic development (CED) is the process by which members of a low-income community, working with one another through community-accountable organizations and with other supporters, improve their economic well-being, increase their control over their economic lives, and build community power and decision-making.

This course examines: the theory, goals and practice of community economic development; ways to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy; role and local impact of regional, national and global economies; community-oriented economic development strategies such as community and cooperative business development, self-employment and micro-businesses, community loan funds and credit unions, bartering and local currencies; organizations and collaboratives which play a key role in development; and methods to evaluate CED programs.

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Course Project

The main course assignments are organized around an applied community economic development project. The project is designed to give students experience in applying the knowledge learned in class to a practical application. To the extent possible, the class will be run like a consulting firm, with the goal of producing real products for a community-partner. In this case, our project is linked with a non-profit community organization in Sacramento called Ubuntu Green. (see

Below you can explore the amazing work done on these projects.

Economic Development Posters

Economic Development Maps


Economic Development Presentations