I am thinking of applying for an EDA (economic development administration) planning grant to create a curriculum for local colleges for building contractors. The curriculum would involve at least 2 critical components: how to renovate old buildings and how to renovate older buildings to accept (and maybe require) connections for newer technologies. This curriculum could also include courses to teach regional building departments how to adopt more innovative building criteria and how to amend the uniform building code. I believe that planners could play a role (with the appropriate partnerships) in developing a list of user needs for a city's economic development.
Any examples, any suggestions, anyone willing to partner?