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


M & T Bank Sponsors Planning Studio Students at MEDA Fall Conference

October 15, 2012

Six students from the Fall Planning Studio (URSP708) attended the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Fall Conference held October 15th in Baltimore. The students were sponsored by M & T Bank. The conference, held at the Baltimore World Trade Center, featured a wide array of speakers and panelists discussing how the Port of Baltimore is poised to take advantage of the completion of the Panamax project in 2015. More...

Scott Dempwolf Named an Institute Fellow by Institute St. Onge

September 19, 2012

Institute St. Onge, a supply chain and industrial development consultancy based in York, PA has named Scott Dempwolf an Institute Fellow and Director of Regional Innovation Cluster Research. In this new role Dempwolf will provide contractual consulting services to the St. Onge companies and their clients in collaboration with other Institute staff and fellows. St. Onge is a global leader in logistics, planning and development in the consumer products, health and defense sectors. The firm was named a Top 100 Supply Chain Partner by Supply Chain Magazine. More...

New Economic Development Planning Studio to Focus on Industrial Land and the Port of Baltimore

August 19, 2012

A new community planning studio for the fall semester will focus on developing and applying knowledge and skills related to economic development, land use, transportation and other planning topics through intensive engagement in a real-world project. The project for this semester examines how patterns of industrial land use, transportation, and other infrastructure within Baltimore city and the metropolitan region impact the city and region’s capacity to respond to the re-emergence of manufacturing and exports as a national priority; and how these patterns facilitate or inhibit regional production and economic activity. More...

Dempwolf Joins University of Maryland Faculty

August 19, 2012

Scott Dempwolf has joined the Urban Studies and Planning Faculty in the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as a Research Assistant Professor. He will also direct the UMD - Morgan State Center for Economic Development. The Center is funded by a five-year, $500,000 University Center grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. More...

UMD Office of Research Awards $50,000 Seed Grant to Scott Dempwolf and Marie Howland

July 1, 2012

The University of Maryland's Office of Research has awarded Scott Dempwolf and Marie Howland a $50,000 Seed grant to help advance Dempwolf's research on innovation networks and regional innovation clusters. The funds will support the acquisition of necessary computer hardware, software and data to develop working prototypes of new economic development tools besed on Dempwolf's doctoral dissertation. More...

Dempwolf Successfully Defends Dissertation

April 27, 2012

Scott Dempwolf successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, Network Models of Regional Innovation Clusters and their Impacts on Economic Growth. More...

The Uses of Social Network Analysis in Planning: A Review of the Literature published in JPL

February, 2012

This article by Scott Dempwolf and Ward Lyles (UNC Chapel Hill) reviews the basic concepts of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and its uses in theoretical and empirical planning literature. Continuing a discussion among planning theorists that was initiated at the 2003 ACSP/AESOP Joint Congress, the authors respond to specific gaps identified in papers presented at that conference. Specifically, the authors review the literature on SNA within disciplines related to planning and empirical planning studies using SNA. The authors find that the knowledge base on SNA specifically and network analysis generally is highly fragmented along disciplinary lines, contributing to the critique that it is a fuzzy concept. More...

UMD to Map Innovation Opportunities, Aid Baltimore Redevelopment

September 22, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland experts in planning and economic development will create a new, sophisticated, 3-D analytical tool that 'maps' innovation and entrepreneurial networks in the State, and helps spot opportunities for new business collaborations. A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will fund the project, as well as redevelopment assistance for Baltimore and expanded education for development professionals.

"A detailed image can help you spot possibilities, gaps and missed opportunities in business networks," says University of Maryland Urban Studies Professor Marie Howland, co-principal investigator for the grant and associate dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. "You can squeeze a great deal of data into this analytical format, and potentially discover unrecognized opportunities and trends."

Howland adds that it's one of the first times this kind of analysis has been applied to economic development. Her doctoral student and co-principal investigator, Scott Dempwolf, is conducting the analytical imaging research as part of his dissertation at Maryland. More...