The Chicago program takes place at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy (The Keller Center).

This three day program provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance with a focus on urban planning, economic development, and potential funding models.

The program includes the following modules:

  • 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
  • How Do You Pay For Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation?

Program Agenda

The program has been postponed to a later date to be determined. We will share the program agenda when the new program dates are confirmed.

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

Benefits of the Program

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 Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance. 

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

Cost and Logistics

See the cost and logistics of the Chicago program.