Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development – PADM 530

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of theoretical and practical approaches to community economic development.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Whether in strong economic times or economic downturns, the lifeblood of a community is economic development. Accordingly, effective community leaders, whether leading a village, city, or county, need to understand not only the history of economic development, but also key principles and strategies to help attract businesses and assist in bolstering the economic life of an area.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the theories of community economic development to decision making and project management.
  2. Evaluate the contexts and variables of economic development and community initiatives.
  3. Analyze economic development initiatives and policy proposals.
  4. Assess values and conflicts of interest that emerge during the economic development process.
  5. Evaluate public administration and economic development issues from a distinctly Christian worldview perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will participate in 3 Discussion Board Forums. The student will post a thread of 600 words or more. Then, the student must reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads in 200 words or more.

Article Reviews (2)

The student will write 2 article reviews based on a designated article located in the Reading & Study folder of the corresponding module/week. Each review will summarize and critique the author’s position/conclusion in 500 words.

Public Administrator Generated Information on Economic Development-PAGI

For this portion of the course, you have the option of doing any 1 of the following exercises:

Option 1:

You may conduct 2 interviews with individuals employed by an organization or community in economic development. Each interview must observe a 30-minute time limit. Present all recorded interviews using PowerPoint Online with embedded audio. You must provide a written time gauge or slide number that locates the interview question responses. Provide a written bio in the PowerPoint Online presentation for each interviewee. Also provide a summary of each interview.

Option 2:

You may conduct an exhaustive review of pertinent public sector generated data to scrutinize indicators of economic development status for the chosen jurisdiction. Present the data in a 20–30-minute audio embedded PowerPoint Online presentation.

Option 3:

You may conduct the combined activity of at least 1 public administrator interview accompanied by the review of select public sector generated data. With this option, you will integrate qualitative (interview information) and quantitative (statistical data on development status) to approximate the typical approach to applied research and display the information you gain in a 20–30-minute audio embedded PowerPoint Online to satisfy this portion of course requirements.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will be expected to submit an Annotated Bibliography. These sources must provide the academic and research support for the Economic Development Analysis and Proposal. The bibliography will require that the student find and annotate 25 sources. Sources can include the various journal articles that have been assigned as part of the weekly readings throughout the course. Additional journal resources can be found through Liberty University Online’s Research Portal.

Case Study Project

This project will be completed in 2 parts.

Part 1: Project Proposal – Declared Jurisdiction

The student will begin to prepare for his/her Case Study by submitting a project jurisdictional statement according to the provided template, detailing how the assignment requirements will be fulfilled. This assignment requires a declaration of the location that will be explored for the Case Study project.

Part 2: Economic Development Analysis with Proposed Action Plan

The student will submit an Economic Development Analysis with Proposed Action Plan, consisting of 15–20 pages, not including the title page, abstract, or reference page. This assignment will specifically target the situation of an American city, town, or county. In this assignment, the student will research and address the following information: economic situation, problems, SWOT analysis, legal and public policy issues, governmental atmosphere, and proposed solutions.