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Course: Development Finance Toolbox

  • Program Management Team Lead
    School of Government

    Seats are still available in this year’s Development Finance Toolbox.  We will accept registrations through December 5, 2018. 

    Development Finance Toolbox (Rescheduled dates)      

    December 11-12, 2018

    School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill 

    What tools are available to local governments to help stimulate private investment and assist Main Street businesses?

    What tools are available to local governments to help stimulate private investment for development and revitalize Main Street? North Carolina communities can select from a wide array of financing tools in their efforts to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets. In order to select the right approach for your development project, it helps to understand the options. Participants in this course will learn the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals. 

    Program Topics:

    • NEW Opportunity Zones and the Local Government Role
    • Federal financing programs and tax credit financing
    • Local government capital financing
    • Tax increment financing (TIF) and synthetic TIF
    • Business improvement districts
    • Attracting private investment to Main Street
    • Public-Private Partnerships for Redevelopment
    • Pre-course workshop: Fundamentals of Developer Real Estate Financing
      The pre-course workshop is included in the registration fee. The workshop content lays the foundation for the rest of the course, so attendance is strongly encouraged.

    Who Should Attend:

    Elected officials; city and county managers, assistant managers, and clerks; and community and economic development professionals seeking a greater understanding of the development finance options available to North Carolina local governments.


    Thanks to the generous support of Duke Energy, a limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded to managers who attend the entirety of the Development Finance Toolbox program together with an elected official from the same jurisdiction. See the course registration page for details.


    To see the course agenda and to register online visit

    NOTE:  We are testing a new online registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. When you go to the course page above to register, if you encounter any issues, you will see a “Frequently Asked Questions” link or you can contact registration directly.

    For more information:

    Contact Susan Jensen, program manager, at / 919.962.0940

      December 4, 2018 1:04 PM EST