C. Scott Dempwolf, PhD
Research Assistant Professor & Director
UMD - Morgan State Center for Economic Development



C. Scott Dempwolf is a research assistant professor in urban and regional planning at the University of Maryland, College Park and director of the University of Maryland – Morgan State Center for Economic Development.  The Center is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center grant for which Scott is co-PI.  Scott’s research interests include the uses of social network analysis in planning; the spatial and social dimensions of innovation and their impact on economic growth; the role of industrial land in the urban and metropolitan land use mix, and its impact on environmental public health.  His dissertation examined how network structures within regional innovation clusters influence economic growth, especially in second tier regions.  He teaches graduate courses in city and regional economic development planning, technology-led economic development, and current topics in economic development.  He is currently teaching a planning studio course in which students are investigating how Baltimore’s industrial land use patterns, its port, and infrastructure systems influence the city and region’s capacity to grow manufacturing and exports.  A second related question is whether these patterns and systems contribute to or inhibit Baltimore’s ability to function effectively as an economic region.
Scott has over 20 years of professional experience in community and economic development practice including seven years as a consultant and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD); three years in business development, retention and project planning at York County Economic Development Corporation; and six years as director of Crispus Attucks Community Development Corporation in York, Pennsylvania. He led the planning of many complex community redevelopment projects involving affordable housing, commercial development, brownfield redevelopment, historic preservation, YouthBuild, charter schools, and an urban stadium project. He helped raise over $70 million in grants, equity and project financing for these and other projects, all of which have been in very low income / difficult-to-develop urban areas.  On multiple occasions he was successful in attracting private investment to these areas through creative project design, partnership, deal structuring and appropriate use of incentives.   Significant studies and plans include an urban river corridor plan and related environmental justice study; a regional comprehensive economic development strategy, and several industry cluster studies.  Scott also has entrepreneurial experience, having started and operated a small coffee roasting business in York PA.

PhD Urban and Regional Planning and Design, University of Maryland, College Park
MS Community and Regional Planning, Temple University
SB, Art and Design (Architecture), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate in Arts, St Petersburg College, Clearwater FL