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This course will provide students with the skills to understand and apply a variety of analytic techniques for regional and community economic development planning. These techniques are used in professional practice to yield information about the behavior and performance of local economies and to measure the impact of public policy interventions. Beyond teaching analytical techniques in isolation, students will also be asked to put these tools into action by creating and presenting an economic strategy for a given economic area. By the end of the course, students should be able to select techniques appropriate to particular situations and information needs, conduct analyses using these methods, critically evaluate the validity of the analytic results obtained, and interpret and clearly explain the results to policy makers and the public. Given the variety of geographic scales of analysis and quantitative techniques covered in this course, students will attain a high level of fluency with a diverse set of public and private data sources that they are likely to use regularly throughout their careers. While this course is tool-driven by nature, the take home assignments are structured to ultimately provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and summarize the entirety of their analysis throughout the semester into an overall economic development strategy statement.