Get certified as a Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RE Facilitator)!

Get certified to help places create resilient prosperity.

Which of Your Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates Has Helped You Get Hired, Promoted or Elected Lately?
If you’re an entrepreneur or consultant—anywhere in the world—are your current credentials growing your business?

You might have valuable skills already.  But are you positioned to help communities, regions, or nations address the urgent,
vital challenges at the top of today’s agendas, such as economic recovery, community revitalization and climate resilience?
RE FacilitatorTM certification does exactly that.  It can be a stand-alone credential, or a strategic enhancement of professions such as
law, architecture, engineering, public policy management, project management, economic development or municipal management.


The COVID-19 economic crisis struck just as two other global crises were coming to a head.
Climate crisis-related catastrophes show most places doing well with disaster response, but poorly with disaster recovery and resilience enhancement. A less visible crisis is loss of confidence in local governance, as social justice issues (racial, economic & environmental) come to the fore.  Most places have long suffered broken revitalization promises, such as  displacement and never-implemented plans. Citizens are starving for a reliable process to deliver resilient prosperity. 
If citizens can’t trust their leaders, they should at least be able to trust the process.

“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.

Are you currently seeking employment?  Or running for office?  Or competing for consulting contracts?
It will take weeks—maybe even months—for you to get certified, depending on how fast you read.
But you can start enjoying career benefits today.  As soon as you enroll, you can state on your resume that you are “currently enrolled to become a certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator.”  Your competition probably can’t say that.

3 Steps to Online Certification: Enroll. Read. Test.

01. Enroll in the Complete Program

Or—if you prefer one course at a time—enroll in Course 1 (then Courses 2 & 3, as each is completed) at $125 each. Enrollment makes you a RECONOMICS Institute member, with access to the 5-year archive of 7800+ articles in REVITALIZATION, our journal.  SAVE $76: Enroll in the Complete Program now for just $299.
Need tuition help in this crisis economy? Scroll down for info on hardship discounts and scholarships.

02. 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 ideal reading list. It's the same three books that are relied on by hundreds of government agencies and universities worldwide: The RE Trilogy. It comprises The Restoration Economy (Course One), Rewealth (Course Two) and RECONOMICS (Course Three). If you don’t already own these three acclaimed books, you can obtain them (print or e-book, new or used) from Amazon, or from bookstores worldwide.

03. 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 brief online tests. Do it in a few weeks, or many months (enrollment doesn't expire). To get certified even faster, take the tests as you read the books: the questions (all are multiple choice or true/false) are in the same order as the book text. When you finish Course Three, you’ll receive your diploma as a certified RE Facilitator, and can proudly put RE after your name, as in Clark Kent, RE. Upon graduation, you'll enjoy 12 months of RE Facilitator Hotline support service, FREE: email us any "re" question that comes up in your work, and we'll quickly advise you.

For over 20 years, our network of NGOs has improved the well-being of communities worldwide.
So, we’re very happy to see our members enrolling in RECONOMICS Institute’s excellent program to get certified as RE Facilitators.

Dr. Taj Hamad, Chairman, World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

We are recommending that having a certified RE Facilitator on staff be added to our eligibility criteria for projects and programs
soliciting funding for climate-smart disaster recovery / resilience, urban redevelopment and rural revitalization.
World Bank Group

INCOME-BOOSTING BONUS:  Enroll now and—upon graduation—you’ll receive a world-class 100-slide PowerPoint presentation, so you can immediately start doing professional talks and seminars. You can add, delete and edit slides as needed, customizing it to the unique focus and priorities of any client or audience.

This is the same slide deck that RECONOMICS Institute uses to do our keynotes and workshops, for which we charge up to $12,000.  It’s for your use only, and can’t be sold or given away. You’ll also receive a link to a recording of an actual keynote done in July of 2020 via Zoom, so you can see & hear how to use it effectively.


COMPLETE PROGRAM: Enroll in all 3 courses and save.

The Revitalization & Resilience (RE) 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 (RE) Facilitator program covers "History, Taxonomy & Principles."
It comprises 15 online tests.
Tuition for Course One is $125.
The required reading & entire course content is the classic 2002 book, The Restoration Economy (Berrett-Koehler). 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 (RE) Facilitator program covers "Early Practices & Problems."
It comprises 15 online tests.
The required reading & entire course content is the groundbreaking 2008 book, reWealth (McGraw-Hill). NOT included in tuition.
Tuition for Course Two is $125.
Course One is a prerequisite of enrolling in Course Two.


Course Three of the Certified Revitalization & Resilience (RE) Facilitator program covers "Current Practices & Trends."
It comprises 12 online tests. The required reading & entire course content is the revolutionary 2020 book, RECONOMICS (the online version is available FREE to members & REVITALIZATION subscribers).
Tuition for Course Three is $125.
Courses One & Two are prerequisites of enrolling in Course Three.

These are tough economic times for many.  Our scholarship program can help.
Email us at to request a significant reduction in your tuition (up to 100%).
Include a sentence explaining your hardship (student, loss of job, living in lesser-developed nation, etc.).
SAVE $100 RIGHT NOW: The COVID-19 economic crisis has affected everyone.  We can help.
For a limited time, you can use this coupon code, COVID100, to save $100 on your tuition.  It expires soon, so act now.

The program comprises 3 courses/books +
42 quick online tests.
Complete it in a couple of weeks, or take as long as you want.

If you take an entire Course’s Tests per day, it takes 3 days to complete the Program (not including the time to read the 3 books).
NOTE: The 3 books of required reading are NOT included in your tuition. Our students are worldwide, making book delivery problematic. (Besides, most enrollees already possess one or more of the RE Trilogy books.)

Take the Tests as you read the books.

The Tests and Questions appear in the same order as the book text, so you can learn and get certified simultaneously to save time.
Each of the 42 Tests is based on a book chapter, so Test lengths vary with the chapter lengths.
You’ll be told at the beginning of each Test how many Questions 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.

COMING SOON!  3 Advanced Certifications.
Thanks in part to cooperation from three highly-respected non-profit institutions that have led responsible, sustainable development for decades,
RECONOMICS Institute will (in 2021) offer three new Advanced Certification Programs.  They are for certified RE Facilitators (that’s a pre-requisite) who wish to specialize in specific kinds of revitalization and resilience work: urban, environmental and disaster.

RE-U (urban)   RE-E (environment & agriculture)  RE-D (disaster prevention, recovery & reconstruction)
If you’re an enrolled member, or you’ve signed up for our Update emails, you’ll be notified when the Advanced programs are open for enrollment.


Required reading in local governments and universities around the globe, these 3 books also guide national program & policy development.
U.S. federal agencies using the RE Trilogy include: Dept. of Commerce; Dept. of State; Dept. of Defense; EPA; FEMA; HUD; NOAA and USAID.

“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’s the perfect next step in my career growth!”
 – Julia Oxarango-Ingram, PCED
CEO, CrossRoads Concepts & Consulting; former Director, Southern Idaho Rural Development

Starting with the 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. Despite their importance, they are fun to read; written in a very accessible, conversational style.

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

"Storm Cunningham is so far ahead of the community revitalization game, I'm in awe.” - Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling


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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 of Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, Director, BC Ministry of Environment and Director, BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs

RECONOMICS distinguishes Storm from other development experts in its comprehensive understanding of systems. He underscores the importance of process in achieving revitalization and resilience, which is crucial in this time of upheaval.” -- Rev. Dr. Steven E. Berry; Solarfest Trustee, former Vermont State Representative (July 2020)

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.

The RE Facilitator program is NOT just about resilience.
There are hundreds of resilience-oriented degrees, diplomas and certifications these days. But few recognize that resilience comes primarily from regenerative, revitalizing activities.
Trying to increase resilience without revitalization is like
trying to reduce bodily pain without improving one’s health.

So, the RE Facilitator certification is about 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 planner” etc. Those practices vary with legal, economic and cultural norms from state to state, nation to nation. What’s more, they are only small parts of what’s needed to cultivate resilient prosperity.

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 districts and restoring historic buildings—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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