Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance

Harris School of Public Policy

Harris School of Public Policy

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Who should attend

Those with the following experience will be given preference for admission:

  • New to senior-level urban planners who work in both the private and public sectors as well as individuals in the land development industry at large.
  • Job titles including:
    • Urban Planners
    • Community and Economic Development Staff
    • Developers and real estate professionals
    • Real Estate Attorneys

About the course

Events in Detroit, Stockton, Flint, and Puerto Rico highlight the severe challenges related to fiscal systems that support public services and the continued stress they face given the shrinking revenue streams facing many local governments.

Whether you need to better understand how to finance new infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, land use optimization strategies, or new approaches to debt and municipal securities, Harris Public Policy’s Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance will give you the skills and insights you need as you advance your career in urban planning, real estate, or economic development.

Overview This program enables professionals to engage the major financial issues facing state and local governments in the United States and around the globe.

Created by Harris Public Policy's Center for Municipal Finance in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, this three day program provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance with a focus on urban planning and economic development. It will be led by Michael Belsky, Executive Director, of the Center for Municipal Finance and feature noted guest speakers.

This course will include modules on the following topics:

  • Urban Economics and Growth
  • Intergovernmental Fiscal Frameworks, Revenues, Budgeting
  • Capital Budgeting/Accounting and Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Debt/Municipal Securities
  • Land-Based Finance/Land Value Capture
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Cost Benefit Analysis – Across Instruments
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis

Participants will learn how to effectively apply tools of financial analysis to make strategic decisions and gain an improved understanding about the interplay among finance, urban economics and public policy as it relates to urban planning and economic development.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate in Municipal Finance.

Experts

Paula Worthington

Paula R. Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also serves as academic director of the School’s Policy Labs program and faculty lead on its MPP program. At Harris, Worthington teaches courses in state and local government a...

Michael Belsky

Michael D. Belsky is the Executive Director of the Center for Municipal Finance at Harris and teaches a course on the fundamentals of municipal bonds as part of the Municipal Finance Certificate Program. Mr. Belsky has over 30 years of experience in the Municipal Bond Industry. Mr. Belsky spent ...

Lourdes Germán

Lourdes Germán is Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she is helping to advance the Institute’s global municipal fiscal health campaign and its work as a co-lead organization for the municipal finance policy unit of the United Nat...

George McCarthy

Dr. George “Mac” McCarthy is President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Lincoln Institute seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1...

John E. Anderson

Dr. John Anderson is the Baird Family Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is also the Executive Director of the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC), part of the federal statistical research data network, located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earn...

Tom Morsch

Tom is the Founder and President of Morsch Expeditions. His approach combines decades of expertise with innovative public finance strategies. Prior to forming the company, Tom was a partner and Managing Director of Public Finance Management (PFM), the largest US public finance advisory firm, wh...

Stephen B. Friedman

Steve brings more than 40 years of experience in real estate and development advisory services. He leads SB Friedman in providing a broad range of services from visioning and feasibility analysis to financing, strategy and implementation. Steve works closely with public, private and institutional...

Luis Bettencourt

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is the Inaugural Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, as well as an External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtaine...

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