The economic and community development cluster explores methods of promoting high technology jobs and economic growth in our metropolitan areas, the redevelopment of distressed communities, and methods of promoting sustainable economic development. A grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency designates the University of Maryland as an EDA University Center. The EDA center, which is joint with Morgan State, involves faculty and students in the redevelopment of the distressed community surrounding Morgan State and the best ways to create an innovative economy that fosters economic growth and high quality jobs. Students and faculty in this specialization come from the fields of urban planning, real estate, economics, sociology, and architecture.
At Morgan University, scholars are working in the Morgan Community Mile Economic Development Project, a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood initiative to engage stakeholders in producing mutually defined community plans and projects, measurable outcomes, and positive community impact.