Local Economic Development Tools & Techniques (102)

Event information
Venue:FIU Downtown Brickell 1101 Brickell Avenue S-226 Miami, FL 33131


Local Economic Development Tools & Technique: Strategic Economic Development Planning


As an extension to LED 101, this seminar focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of a local or regional community. The seminar discusses strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and employment for all.

International experts present strategies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction, and discuss questions: How to develop a cooperative vision for the area in a participatory manner, involving government, citizens, businesses, etc.? In addition, how to create a business enabling environment that promotes entrepreneurship and supports small and medium enterprises? They give international examples of financing LED-initiatives and best practices in public-private partnerships.

Program objectives: To equip participants with the necessary skills on Local Economic development initiatives so that they can facilitate and promote Local economic development.


  • Local Strategies
  • Locality Development
  • Business Development
  • Community Economic Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Building the Implementation Plan
  • Institutional Approaches to LED
  • Current Issues in LED: Housing Affordability, Transportation, Resiliency

Learning outcomes:

  • Assess the economic and political context for regional development, i.e. housing, educational opportunities, transportation, sustainability/resiliency;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for strengthening the local economy and job Creation together with stakeholders at local, regional and national level;
  • Develop approaches for strategic local economic planning;
  • Get acquainted with practical tools for supporting the local economy
  • Economic Development Organizational Development and Delivery


Image Ralph Rosado is President of Rosado and Associates, an urban planning and economic development strategy firm based in Miami; a Senior Fellow at the FIU Metropolitan Center, and an instructor in graduate and professional programs at the University of Miami and Florida International University. Ralph holds a PhD in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, and Public-Private Partnerships; a joint Master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Princeton University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida International University’s Honors College.

Past professional experience includes serving as a senior government official for three cities, Executive Director of the South Florida Community Development Coalition, and, prior to that, serving as an Urban Design and Neighborhood Revitalization consultant to over a dozen municipalities in Miami-Dade. While in graduate school, at the invitation of President George W. Bush, Ralph served as a White House Graduate Intern with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Honors include three statewide awards from the American Planning Association’s Florida chapter for his professional and civic endeavors, being named a Miami Leader (one of Miami’s Top Nonprofit Executives), by the Miami Foundation, 2012, a Top Latino Leader of Miami, by Latino Leaders Magazine, 2013. The Affordable Housing program he co-designed and co-teaches recently won an award for Best Program in the area of Housing & Affordability in Miami-Dade.

Ralph is particularly involved with local transportation initiatives. He and County Commissioner Xavier Suarez won a 2015 Public Space Challenge Award for Top Them Off!, their initiative to ensure that bus stops have covered shelters to protect passengers from harsh sun and rain; he recently co-hosted 100 Great Ideas for Transit & Mobility, an online platform allowing Miami-Dade residents to put forth their best ideas for improving travel options in the community; and he serves on the boards of Friends of the Underline and Friends of Plan Z, two initiatives to improve walking/bicycling/transit conditions in key local corridors (US1 and Rickenbacker Causeway).