27th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

This year's conference is scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Watch this website for more information.

Master Degree Program in Community and Economic Development

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The Master of Community and Economic Development (CED) degree program is designed to enhance the skills of CED professionals and those wishing to enter the field. Graduates of this program will develop skills in social mobilization, civic engagement, business management, and strategic planning needed when taking on leadership roles in improving the economic well-being and overall quality of life in communities and regions.

This degree is designed for mid-career professionals, although all qualified students will be considered for admission. Courses will begin with an intensive weekend academy at WIU’s Quad Cities. Subsequent classes and coursework will be delivered using both synchronous and asynchronous online methods. This unique hybrid delivery method will make it possible for students to work full time at the same time they pursue a Master’s degree full-time and complete all coursework in 16 months.

Community Supported Businesses: Grassroots Entrepreneurship, a New Rural Research Report by William Keyser

Community supported businesses (CSB) are gaining popularity in rural areas for business startup ventures and expansions. This Rural Research Report describes CSBs, mainly based on experiences in rural Vermont, where this entrepreneurial phenomenon is well developed, and discusses issues and opportunities for wider application elsewhere.

Read the report.