Examination of industrial location theory, and themes concerning the role of manufacturing in the space-economy. Factors of location will be considered as will the way that manufacturing has led to spatial disparity on international, regional and local levels.
An examination of planning issues related to the design, economics and financing of private land and building construction projects including residential high-rise condominium, low-rise residential subdivision, infill, intensification and brownfield redevelopment and industrial/commerial land development. The course focuses on developer decision-making, analysis of risk, sources of financing, planning, environmental and engineering aspects of land development. This course may include a field component. (Note: If a field trip occurs, the cost will not exceed $50.)
This course will review the principles underlying regional development theory and evaluate the application of these principles in policy and practice. The purpose of this course is to explore regional development options in the context of fiscal conservatism and intense international competition for investments.
Community Economic Development is a field of theory, process and practice that is concerned with understanding the forces shaping communities and finding sustainable local solutions to economic needs. This seminar course will examine topics such as capacity-building, asset-based strategies, social capital, poverty-alleviation, social enterprises and co-operatives, and comprehensive community initiatives, using international and local examples and case studies.
Critical appraisal of regional economic analysis, projection and decision-making techniques. Problem based study of methods commonly used by regional planners, economic developers, and consultants. Identification of leverage sectors, trend analysis, investment decision-making and input/output analysis are discussed. New analysis applications and approaches are explored.
This course provides an examination of business reponses to environmental and sustainability issues, and it explores ways in which businesses have adopted and implemented management strategies to address them. The recent history of corporate responses to societal demands for increased attention to the enviornment is explored with an emphasis on specific tools and collaborative approaches used by business. Examples include environmental management systems, environmental marketing, design for the environment, tradeable permits, ecolabelling programs and industrial ecology. Prospects for sustainable business are also explored.
This course will introduce participants to a variety of topics and research methods through presentations made by active researchers from Canada and abroad. *eligible for MES
This course focuses on economic development for regions, communities and municipalities. We examine organizational structures and strategies that a community may employ to increase its capacity to control its destiny. Topics include: strategic economic planning, information management, partnerships, internet opportunities, entrepreneurship, incubators, tourism, sustainable development and healthy community initiatives. Finally, we critique various evaluation methods.
This course examines development strategies for communities to achieve their economic, social and environmental goals. The focus is on practical techniques with case studies used to illustrate broader concepts and theories. A range of development tools are introduced, e.g.: SWOT analysis, economic and demographic trend analysis, information brokering, local capacity building, private/public/NGO partnerships, local/global network formation, sustainable development indicators, website design/evaluation, and outcome evaluation techniques.
Many public agencies are involved in marketing, but the subject is almost always taught from a private sector perspective. An overview of marketing strategy as applied in the private sector (product, distribution, promotion and pricing policies) will lead to a focus on applications in the public sector. Particular attention will be paid to cases where a "place" (community, region, province) is the "product" being marketed. Students who do not meet the required prerequisites may contact the instructor.
This course will identify the principles of entrepreneurship and evaluate programs designed to promote small business development. An action oriented approach is adopted to achieve entrepreneurial change in the community with sensitivity to the quality of the natural environment. Case studies are used.