This elective (graduate level) course will focus on the various financial programs, strategies and tools used by communities to stimulate private sector investments (i.e. attract, expand and retain businesses) resulting in creation of new job opportunities, enhancement of the local tax base and community building. Specifically, the course will include a review and the use of incentive-based programs including; tax increment financing, business development districts, enterprise zones, tax abatements, credits and exemptions, etc. Furthermore, the course will cover state and federal programs that are commonly used to promote and enhance economic growth and development.
Students in the course will have the opportunity to interact with a number of practicing professionals engaged in economic development and local government, who will serve as guest lecturers. This is a “hands on” course in which students will work both in-class and outside of class on assignments including multiple case studies designed to build-on and solidify their knowledge of finance programs and course subject matter.