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Georgia Tech Professional Education

Iedc Economic Development Finance

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The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private-sector investment. You will discover ways to produce results in the creation of permanent, private-sector jobs, increased productivity, and improvement in the local tax base. This course meets the professional development elective requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam.

What You Will Learn

  • Current debt
  • Equity
  • Grant
  • Incentive-based financing programs
  • Debt and service ratios calculation
  • Cash-on-cash rate of return
  • Capitalization rates
  • How to underwrite ratios
  • Debt-coverage ratios

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn financial tools used to identify project feasibility.
  • Understand how potential investors measure return on investment (ROI) and how lenders evaluate risk.
  • Work through multiple case studies in order to solidify your knowledge of the finance programs.

Who should attend

This course is designed for economic development professionals pursuing their Certified Economic Developer Accreditation, accredited Certified Economic Developers, or planners accredited through the American Institute of Certified Planners who are seeking continuing-education units.


Leigh is a project manager with Startup Ecosystems group at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Leigh worked in private consulting on planning and community development projects and in the public sector as a senior urban planner for the City of Atl...

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