In the Classroom: Economic Development Strategy

Central to our on-campus MPA curriculum are our one-credit special topics courses, which allow students to focus on a specific area in public administration (e.g. Emergency Management, Program Evaluation, Land Use and Zoning, etc.) and apply skills in a hands-on workshop setting.

This past June, students in MPA 8299 Economic Development Strategy, taught by adjunct faculty member, Sally Slook, welcomed two speakers who are local leading professionals in economic development. In this “real world application” portion of the course, students had the opportunity to engage in discussion with Carolina C. DiGiorgio, Esq. and Eric Goldstein.

Carolina DiGiorgio, Esq.Carolina C. DiGiorgio, Esq., Director of Commerce for Montgomery County spoke about the County’s innovative “one stop shop” approach to economic development through its “MC2B Initiative”. Ms. DiGiorgio also provided career guidance to the MPA students and held a discussion on the importance of building networks and taking chances.




Goldstein, EricNext, Mr. Eric Goldstein, Executive Director for the King of Prussia Business Improvement District (KOP BID), held a discussion on economic development initiatives through re-zoning, and the role of a BID in local government. Mr. Goldstein also spoke about his previous role as the Executive Director for the BID in University City.




Thank you to Ms. DiGiorgio and Mr. Goldstein for visiting campus and sharing your expertise with our students!

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For a list of our upcoming one-credit courses, please review the Master Schedule of Classes here.

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