2019 TCED Course Schedule

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Deep Dive on TIFs & PILOTs - February 12, 2019

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax (PILOT) are two of the most common economic development public financing tools used in Tennessee.  Tax Increment Financing is a public financing method used to promote redevelopment, infrastructure and other community improvement projects based on the property tax increment within a designated TIF District. Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax (PILOT) is also a popular public financing method used to promote new development where a payment in lieu of tax is made ta a government entity to compensate for some or all of the property tax revenue lost.

The Deep Dive on TIFs & PILOTs TCED Program elective will enable participants to learn step-by-step processes for these two key economic development financing tools.  Cast studies and group projects will allow for a fun, interactive session that will promote a better overall understanding of the mechanics of TIFs and PILOTs.

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TN Basic Economic Development Course - May 6-9, 2019

This four-day comprehensive course, accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), focuses on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to be successful in today’s complex economic environment.

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TN Economic Development Advanced Finance Course - June 19-20, 2019

The TN Economic Development Advanced Finance Course is a one and a half day hands-on training that takes a more in-depth analysis of the economic development finance tools than our Basic Finance Course. The tools covered in this course include PILOT, TIF and industrial revenue bonds, as well as access to capital, revolving loan funds and federal financing programs. The course will include team exercises and case studies to help participants apply these financial concepts.

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TN Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course - July 24-25, 2019

The Tennessee Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course is a one-and-a-half day course that covers the steps to successfully implement a strategic planning process for your organization, your geographic area, or project. Course topics include consensus building; understanding and applying economic data; developing mission, vision, and goals; and measuring progress.

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TN Marketing & Attraction Course - August 27-28, 2019

This one-and-a-half-day, hands-on course will review the basics of developing and implementing a high-impact marketing and attraction plan. While this course emphasizes business attraction, new business development, existing business and community development are included as a part of a comprehensive approach.

Course participants learn how to craft their community's message by reviewing online marketing fundamentals, GIS technologies, website design and current trends in site selection. Participants also will explore prospect management and various mediums of communication, including how to best utilize social media and online technologies as an economic development marketing tool. Case studies and sample plans will highlight the do's and don'ts of economic development marketing and attraction.

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TN Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development Course - September 18-19, 2019

Promoting entrepreneurship and small business development is a growing strategy for job creation and economic development in Tennessee communities. The one-and-a-half day Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course will explore the economic impact of small businesses on local and regional economies; needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and available resources to assist them; effective networks and strategies to support entrepreneurship and small business development.

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TN Business Retention & Expansion - November 6-7 2019

On average, 80% of new jobs and capital investment in a community are generated by its existing businesses.  The Tennessee Business Retention and Expansion Course is a one-and-a half-day course that focuses on how to develop, implement and evaluate an effective retention and expansion program. Course topics include how to promote existing businesses, how to address sudden and unexpected losses of major employers, and the importance of retooling both the workplace and workforce.

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