MBA in Community Economic Development - Careers

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Rewarding Careers and Thriving Communities

The need for civic-minded leaders remains strong as the U.S. rebuilds and revitalizes communities nationwide. SNHU’s master's in Community Economic Development educates practitioners and policy-makers who can make difference in their local areas.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, urban and regional planning positions are projected to grow by 10 percent through 2022. These CED practitioners and others work in a variety of fields and organizations, including:

  • Affordable housing development
  • Construction and production management
  • Development finance
  • International microenterprise development
  • Nonprofit management
  • Community building and organizing
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Cooperatives

Community Economic Development Career Resources

Southern New Hampshire University’s Community Economic Development Department encourages its students to get involved with the following organizations:

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
IEDC is the result of the 2001 merger of the American Economic Development Council, the largest and oldest economic development society, and the Council for Urban Economic Development, a multi-service membership organization and strong advocate of economic development since 1967. The IEDC continues the strong legacies of the former organizations by providing a variety of services, including advocacy, training and education, information and technical assistance, and networking.

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research and training for the nation's regional development organizations. Building on nearly four decades of experience, the association offers its members exclusive access to a variety of services and benefits -- all of which are designed to enhance the ability of regional development organizations to foster "regional solutions" to local government, business and community needs.

National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations
A vehicle for developing and pursuing a national community agenda, NACEDA also works to strengthen and expand the role of state community economic development associations in promoting the efforts of local CDCs, and building the capacity and reach of the CDC field. NACEDA serves its membership through public policy advocacy, providing peer-to-peer support and development for state association staff, and supporting new and emerging state associations..

NeighborWorks America
This Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Career Opportunities

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Two types of careers that fall under the broad field of community economic development are urban and regional planners. The U.S. Department of Labor projects these careers to grow a faster than average 19 percent through 2018.

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