Infrastructure, urban planning, and property taxes: learn the latest approaches to public finance.

“We need to rethink the practices and techniques of contemporary municipal finance to provide government services more efficiently and to manage pressing problems related to the public sector.”

Christopher Berry, Harris Public Policy Professor and Academic Director, Center for Municipal Finance

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.


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. For planners maintaining their AICP credentials, this course provides Certification Maintenance (CM) credits from the APA.

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


In 2019, we are offering a program in Chicago, IL, March 13-15, and a program in Dallas, TX, May 8-10.

Apply now or request more information and we will contact you to assist with your application process. Admissions decisions will be released on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply early to secure your seat. 


The Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance is an ongoing executive education program created by the Center for Municipal Finance at Harris Public Policy.

Lincoln InstituteThis course has been developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide.

Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019
Municipal Finance Exec. Ed. Chicago 2019