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This BRE course features a community economic development approach with broad-based community involvement (i.e. volunteers + professionals). In addition, the course infuses new discussion and content on professional, continuous BRE visitation approaches – examining the relationship and differences between continuous BRE methods and the community economic development approach. The course typically involves 2–4 hours per week over an 8-week period. You can work at times convenient for your schedule but staying involved on a weekly basis optimizes your experience. There are weekly videos/readings, activities, and discussion forums. Occasional live discussions feature various topics. The course will help you create a plan for your community or region’s new BRE initiative or to improve your existing program.

 

Registration Required by January 25, 2021

Course Dates
January 27 - March 30, 2021

Course Fees
Individual: $600
Community Members (2 person team): $900
Community Members (3-5 person team): $1200
Full-Time Student: $110*
*(must send transcript to darger@umn.edu prior to registering)

Course Instructors
Michael Darger
612.625.6246
darger@umn.edu

John Bennett
jbennett@umn.edu

Registration Assistance
ext-reg@umn.edu

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612.301.4357
help@umn.edu

More Information and Certification Details
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Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introducing the BRE process

Week 2: Strategic Considerations for your BRE

Week 3: Getting your BRE off the ground

Week 4: Building your team

Week 5: Getting Going on Business Interviews (Visits or virtual)

Week 6: Responding to Business Concerns

Week 7: Analysis – Decision-making – Action!

Week 8: Building & sustaining credible BRE initiatives over time

 

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