Revitalization & Resilience (RE) Facilitator Program

3 Steps to Certification: Enroll. Read. Test.

  1. Enroll in the Complete Program: Or—if you prefer to pay for one course at a time—enroll in Course One (then Courses Two and Three, as each is completed). Enrollment makes you a member, with access to the 5-year archive of 7500+ articles in our journal, REVITALIZATION;
  2. Read the 3 books that comprise the curriculum: University curricula change slowly, so “reading lists” keep courses current. We skip the outdated curriculum, and assign “The RE Trilogy”:  The Restoration Economy (Course One), Rewealth (Course Two) and RECONOMICS (Course Three). If you don’t have these books already, you can obtain them (print or e-book) from Amazon or bookstores worldwide;
  3. Take the online tests at your own pace: Take as much—or as little—time as you want to read the 3 books and take the 42 online tests. Do it in a few weeks, a few months or even years. Or, combine steps #2 and #3 to get certified faster: take the tests as you read the books. (The test questions are in the same order as the book text.) You’ll receive a diploma when you pass each of the three courses. After passing Course Three, you’ll receive your diploma as a certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator, and will be entitled to put RE after your name.


“Of the many micro-credentials that have emerged in the past decade, the RE Facilitator program
plugs what might be the most crucial—and common—gap in urban and regional management skills.
A new discipline is emerging from the trend towards holistic, strategic, programmatic community renewal,
and away from the old dependence on plans, branding, megaprojects and employer incentives.”

Technologies, sciences and professions are evolving feverishly. Academic degrees are often obsolete on graduation day.
Thus, it’s increasingly common to see highly-specialized “micro-credentials” added to degrees, e.g. “Jane Doe, Ph.D. RE“.
Most focus on a narrow skill, such as a new programming language. A few are actually macro-credentials. They apply to—and help integrate—many disciplines.  RE Facilitator thus helps myriad professionals—law, planning, architecture, finance, policy, etc.—participate productively in activities that involve everyone…such as local recovery, revitalization and resilience.

These are tough economic times for many. Our RE Champions scholarship program can help.
Email us at to request a reduction in your tuition.
Include a sentence explaining your need for assistance (student, loss of job, living in lesser-developed nation, etc.).

COMPLETE PROGRAM: Enroll in all 3 courses and save.

The Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator Program comprises 3 Courses. Each is based on a book (NOT included in your tuition):
Course 1: The Restoration Economy
Course 2: Rewealth
Profession Engineers add PE to their name. You'll put RE after yours.
Save $76: Tuition is just $299 ($375 - $76 Complete Program discount).
Quick & Easy: Avoid enrolling in & paying for each course individually.


Course One of the Certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RE) Program covers "History, Taxonomy & Principles."
It comprises 240 questions spread over 15 tests.
Tuition for Course One is $125.
The required reading & entire course content is Storm Cunningham's 2002 book, The Restoration Economy (NOT included in tuition!)
You must take the three courses in order. Course One is a prerequisite of Course Two, and both are prerequisites of Course Three.


Course Two of the Certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RE) Program covers "Early Practices & Problems."
It comprises 313 questions spread over 15 tests.
The required reading & entire course content is Storm Cunningham's 2008 book, reWealth (NOT included in tuition!)
Tuition for Course Two is $125.
Rewealth must be purchased separately.
Course One is a prerequisite of enrolling in Course Two.


Course Three of the Certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RE) Program covers "Current Practices & Trends."
It comprises 12 tests with 197 questions. The required reading & entire course content is Storm Cunningham's 2020 book, RECONOMICS (online version available FREE if you subscribe to REVITALIZATION).
Tuition for Course Three is $125.
RECONOMICS must be purchased separately.
Courses One & Two are prerequisites of enrolling in Course Three.


“Two books, The Restoration Economy and Rewealth, strongly influenced my approach to community economic development.
So, when RECONOMICS was published, and the RE Facilitator program was announced, I enrolled immediately.
It was the perfect next step in my career growth!”
 – Julia Oxarango-Ingram, RE, PCED
CEO, CrossRoads Concepts & Consulting; former Director, Southern Idaho Rural Development

The 3 books of required reading are NOT included in your tuition. Our students are worldwide, making book delivery problematic.
(Besides, many of them already possess one or more of these globally-respected books.)

Starting with the redesign and rebuilding of Lisbon after the earthquake and tsunami of 1755,
these three seminal books cover the past, present and future of recovery, revitalization and resilience.

The Restoration Economy

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"The Restoration Economy is an extremely important and fascinating book." - Amos Brandeis, Architect & Urban/Regional Planner, Vice Chairman of Israel Planners' Association.

"This book is an original, a first! I profited from it greatly, and I quote from it in my speeches." - William H. Hudnut III, 4-term Mayor of Indianapolis

"Little more than a year after being published, The Restoration Economy is already being hailed by business, political, environmental, and academic leaders as a modern classic. Few books in recent times have so quickly and effectively reshaped our dialogue and assumptions about the future of economic development at the community, corporate, and global levels." - Tim Fields, Senior Vice President, Tetra Tech; Ass't Administrator, Solid Waste & Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"The Restoration Economy is required reading here at Weston Solutions." - Bill Robertson, Chairman, Weston Solutions, & Assoc. Chief of Engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"This is a landmark work, extremely well written and developed." - Mark Stewart, Senior Vice President, Intrado, Inc.

"Storm Cunningham really nails it: The Restoration Economy is THE book for 21st Century corporate and political leaders! - Dr. Robert Rosen, CEO, Healthy Companies Int'l


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"This is the book world leaders should be talking about! ...they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives." - Bill Leary, Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality

"Every business and government executive in the world needs to read this book twice! Absolutely brilliant..." - Eric Garland, CEO, Competitive Futures, Inc., and author of Future, Inc.

"reWealth is the secret weapon of responsible redevelopers, successful real estate investors, and effective community leaders." - George L. Ochs, Managing Director, Global Real Assets, JP Morgan (London)

"All national politicians and community leaders should be forced to read reWealth." - George Canetti, Senior Business Developer, Ameresco Canada

"Revitalization guru Storm Cunningham's new book contains your future. I was hooked by the time I'd finished the Introduction." - Will Koroluk, Construction Columnist, Daily Commercial News


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RECONOMICS should be mandatory reading for all Mayors, Chief Executives and Directors of Planning in cities and regions.” – Rick Finc, Principal, RFA Development Planning, Edinburgh, Scotland

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS is very concentrated, highly sophisticated, and stunningly accurate.” – Merrit Drucker, Clean & Green Coordinator at Anacostia Waterfront Trust, Washington, DC

Storm’s RECONOMICS book transformed our latest project, which uses his 3Re strategy.” – Doumafis F. Lafontant, Director, Lower Roxbury Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS hits the nail on the head!” - Nalin Seneviratne, Director of City Centre Development, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield, England

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS Process raises the bar for community and regional revitalization. It’s a powerful package, succinctly capturing the process that we have doggedly tried to identify over time, not always knowing the next step. The RECONOMICS Process brings a holistic dimension to redevelopment, inextricably linking vision and task.” – Eric Bonham, P.Eng, Board member of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, Former Director, BC Ministry of Environment and Former Director, BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs

The program comprises 3 courses/books +
42 tests totaling
750 questions.  Complete it in 2 weeks, 2 months…or 2 years.

You can become a RE Facilitator at whatever speed suits you.
If you take one Test per day, it will take 42 days to complete the Program. If you take an entire Course’s Tests per day, it takes 3 days to complete the Program (not including the time it takes to read the 3 books, which total about 1000 pages).
IN A HURRY TO GET CERTIFIED? Take the Tests as you read the books. The Tests and Questions appear in the same order as the information in the books, so you can learn and progress through the testing simultaneously to save time!

Each of the 42 Tests is based on a book chapter, so Test lengths vary with the chapter lengths.
Some Tests only have a few Questions, others have dozens. You’ll be told at the beginning of each Test how many Questions (mostly multiple choice, some true/false) it has, so you’ll know if you have sufficient time to take it.
If you fail a Test (passing grade is 70%), you can retake it as many times as needed, since the goal is learning, not attrition.

If you’re already enrolled, and are logged-in, you’ll see a blue “Enrolled” tag on your course below.  Click it to take your tests.
(Don’t worry: there’s a MUCH easier way to find and take your tests once you’re enrolled.
There’s even a “resume” button that takes you to where you left off, in case you get interrupted.)
If you’re NOT yet enrolled, see below to learn more.

What the RE Facilitator Program is NOT

This certification is about the process of achieving crisis recovery, inclusive economic growth and community resilience simultaneously.

It’s NOT about “how to do a redevelopment project”, or “how to be an urban planner” etc. Those practices vary with the laws, economies and cultural norms from state to state, nation to nation. What’s more, they are only small parts of what’s needed to improve a place.

How does the RE Facilitator Program differ from other certification programs? Here’s one example:

Main Street America Revitalization Professional
One of the few other certification programs related to community revitalization is offered the Main Street America Institute (MSAI), a program of the National Main Street Center.

If your only interest is in revitalizing commercial historic districts, and you work primarily in the United States, the MSAI program might be a better fit for you. Like our program, the MSAI training comprises over 40 tests. Unlike our program, it requires two days of in-person classroom work, which is impractical for many of our students, who are all around the globe.

Our Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RE) training is far more comprehensive in scope. It includes resilience goals, not just economic revitalization. It includes regional revitalization, not just downtowns.

It includes natural resources restoration, brownfields remediation, regenerative agriculture and infrastructure renewal, not just historic buildings. And our RECONOMICS Process is applicable in any nation, not just in the USA.

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