​Basic Finance Course

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The Tennessee Economic Development Basic Finance Course is a one and a half day hands-on course which focuses on the variety of development finance tools available in Tennessee, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, revolving loan funds, and access to capital lending resources. Course participants will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity. Participants will also learn how to determine the viability of a project and calculate the potential impacts on your community.

The class is one of a series of economic development courses, provided by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders, and elected officials.​

Date and Location:

Next Course in 2019

Course Agenda:

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Course Fee:

Early Registration $345
Regular Registration $395
The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Times:

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How to Register:

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If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371 Carol.Jones@tennesseee.edu

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class, but credit may be applied towards another UTCIS course.

Hotel Accommodations :

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This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 

Scholarships:

A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Scholarships cover $270 of the $345 course tuition cost, and do not include hotel, travel or meals. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $75 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by TBA to be considered for a scholarship.

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

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The Instructor Toby Rittner

Instructor:

Toby Rittner

Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which includes management of a 32 member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA's highly acclaimed Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University teaching planning for sustainable economic development. 

Rittner is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). Rittner has also advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy.

Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs and former Director of Training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, Community and Economic Development Department as a Senior Program Coordinator for Economic Development and as an Associate Planner for the City of Gahanna, Ohio.

Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I, LLC and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Heritage Ohio. Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. Mr. Rittner was awarded the Ohio State College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016.