UNC School of Government - Upcoming Courses

January 06, 2023 1:00 PM | Ashley Pendley (Administrator)

UNC School of Government is offering THREE continuing education courses for community and economic development practitioners!   

Development Finance Toolbox

January 23-25, 2023 | Online

9:00am-2:30pm | Course Cost: $360


How do local governments use public-private partnerships for development? What finance tools are available to local governments to 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.

This course is intended for elected officials; city and county managers, assistant managers, clerks; and community and economic development professionals who want to learn the basics and understand the options of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments.

What You'll Learn:

  • Federal financing programs and tax credit financing
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Redevelopment
  • Opportunity Zones and the Local Government Role
  • Local government capital financing
  • Tax increment financing (TIF) and synthetic TIF
  • Business improvement districts
  • Attracting private investment to Main Street
  • Workshop: Fundamentals of Developer Real Estate Financing


Affordable Housing Seminar: Tools, Strategies, and Case Studies for Local Government Leadership

February 28,  2023 | New Bern

Course Cost: $240

This interactive in-person seminar is designed for elected and appointed officials from county, municipal and tribal governments who are setting strategic direction around affordable housing. The seminar will focus on local government support and public-private partnerships for workforce residential housing.

This class is a part of the LELA curriculum and is open to all local elected officials, including all county, municipal, school board and tribal council officials.

What You'll Learn:

  • Strategic approaches to affordable housing
  • Affordable housing tools and financing mechanisms
  • How to assess local housing needs
  • Case studies and exercises
  • Immediate next steps


Community Development Academy

March 21 - April 20, 2023 | Chapel Hill

Course Cost: $915


Community development practitioners will benefit from this intensive course, which is designed for community development practitioners and covers the concepts, methods, and strategies of community economic development. The course provides practitioners with perspectives and practical skills surrounding community development in North Carolina.

What You'll Learn:

  • Community development finance
  • Affordable housing strategies and tools
  • Role of economic development
  • CDBG and related grant programs
  • Environmental finance
  • Visioning and citizen participation
  • Tools for group decision-making
  • Purchasing and contracting
  • Measuring success
  • Grants management


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P. O. Box 1851, Wilson, NC 27894

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