END 422 / URP 522 - Economic Development Planning

Aerial photo of the new Buffalo Niagara Medical campus.

Photo: Douglas Levere 

Economic Development practitioners must understand the complex ecosystem of decision making: How do regional economies operate? How are informed decisions made and evaluated? 

What are effective strategies for improving the economy? What roles do different organizations play in a market-driven economy? How do overarching themes of equity and sustainability play out in economic development planning?
This course introduces students to the diverse ideas, roles, and policies in economic development planning. The course will concentrate on the practice of economic development planning, with most practical examples from New York State and the Western NY region. Students will be introduced to these concepts by a variety of working professionals as guest lecturers. Students will come to realize that economic development planning is as much an art as a science.