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Retail as a Catalyst

for Economic Development

Economic Development Certificate from National League of Cities University

  • Retail Economic Development training
  • Designed for local officials
  • Begins February 13

8-Week Course

Broken into chapters, you can spend one hour per week and gain a vital understanding of the role retail plays in your community.

Online Certificate

The course is hosted online, allowing for you to accomplish your learning anywhere, at any time. Simply login to the portal.


With 12 retail and real estate experts from across the nation contributing, you will gain insight and expand your network.

Who will you learn from?

The highest caliber retail and community experts from across the nation. 

Clarence Anthony

CEO and Executive Director
National League of Cities

David Downey

President & CEO
International Downtown Association

Larissa Ortiz

Managing Director
Public + Non Profit Solutions, Streetsense

Cynthia Stewart

Vice President of Community Engagement
Retail Strategies

Nathan Ohle

International Economic Development Council

Jazmen Johnson

Vice President
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ICSC

Get your certificate

Course Content

Why does retail matter to your community? Beyond placemaking, and being the heart and soul of a community, retail is an economic engine that boost your community growth and well-being.


Registration is now open!

Please fill out the form below and we’ll send you the link to get registered!

Long-term benefits

Education is Action

The Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development course has insider interviews, tips, resources, and the know-how based on years of experience to get your community to achieve your retail development goals.