• ISSN: 2010-023X (Print)
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IJTEF 2020 Vol.11(2): 19-23 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.18178/ijtef.2020.11.2.660

Creating Sustainable Neighborhood Developers' Program

Sung No, Donald Andrews, Ghirmay Ghebreyesus, and Eric Porter
Abstract—The University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, developed a human capital development program entitled “Creating Neighborhood Developers’ program” in December 2015. The Center launched the program in February 2017, March 2018, and April 2019, in which the Center team members and collaborators trained individuals who were interested in acquiring and developing adjudicated properties within their neighborhood. The unique feature of the program is that it emphasizes an entrepreneurship aspect of neighborhood developments and perceives program participants to be emerging entrepreneurial neighborhood developers. The program has so far generated 1,910 attendances, 40 jobs, $6,023,000 in income, 53 properties in development, and the purchase of 36 houses. In addition, seven indirect projects were completed and valued at $28,513,200. The program also produced 97 certified sustainable neighborhood developers for the first time in the State of Louisiana. This faculty-driven program presents an important area of engagement, innovation, and impact where faculty members at a college or university accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International (AACSB) can serve their local communities.

Index Terms—EDA university center, entrepreneurship, human capital, sustainable neighborhood development.

Sung No, Donald Andrews, and Ghirmay Ghebreyesus are with Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (email: Sung_no@subr.edu, Donald_andrews@subr.edu, Ghirmay_Ghebreyesus@subr.edu).
Eric Porter is with ComNet, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA, USA (e-mail: comnetllc@yahoo.com).


Cite: Sung No, Donald Andrews, Ghirmay Ghebreyesus, and Eric Porter, "Creating Sustainable Neighborhood Developers' Program," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.11, no.2, pp. 19-23, 2020.

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