Economic Development for Finance Officers: January 13-14, 2014

Group-live course
Prerequisites: None
Course level: Intermediate   
CPE credits: 16
Time: 2 Days, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (both days)

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Who Will Benefit

This seminar is designed for finance directors, assistant finance directors, and other financial staff who work on or will work on economic development projects. There is no prerequisite for this seminar, which is intended to be an introduction to the various types of involvement a finance professional may have in economic development efforts.



Given that increasing the tax base and attracting jobs are high priorities for most local governments, finance officers need to speak the language of economic development. Even though most government finance professionals are not trained in this area, they are frequently being called upon to evaluate economic development projects. This seminar will help equip finance officers with the basic knowledge and skills they need to effectively participate in economic development activities through class discussion, case studies, and practical examples.


Seminar Objectives

Those who successfully complete the seminar should be able to:

  • Identify common economic development tools and incentives used by local governments.

  • Identify various participants and understand their roles in economic development.

  • Evaluate strategies for basic economic development and impacts of subsidies.

  • Assess financial and risk aspects of incentives.

  • Analyze term sheets and development agreements.

  • Evaluate pro formas.

  • Measure and monitor economic development projects.

  • Examine accountability and strategy issues.


Registration Fees

GFOA member:  $580     Nonmember:  $790