2020 TCED Course Schedule

Deep Dive on TIFs & PILOTs  /  February 13  /  Jackson

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 Managing Economic Development Course  /  June 24-25 / ONLINE

The Tennessee Managing 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 Basic Finance Course / July 22-23  / ONLINE

The Tennessee Basic Finance Course is a one-and-a-half-day, hands-on course that focuses on the variety of development finance tools available in Tennessee, from bonds, tax credits, PILOT and TIF, to federal financing programs, revolving loan funds and access to capital lending resources. Through case studies, course participants will explore the pros and cons of utilizing the various tools in the economic development finance toolbox.  

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TN Basic Economic Development Course  /  August 24-27 / Nashville

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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Proposing to Win  /  September 30 / Nashville

The Proposing to Win TCED elective is being offered in conjunction with TVA.  This 5-hour session is packed with practical tools for planning and crafting RFPs that get noticed and help sell your community.  Expert marketer Heidi Smith, General Manager Global Business for TVA will outline powerful tips to help you compete for jobs and investment at the RFP stage of a project.  Do not miss this effective, interactive session!

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TN Workforce Development Course  /  November 12-13 / Jackson

Workforce and talent development are the top challenges in economic development today. The Tennessee Workforce Development Course is a hands-on course covering pertinent topics and trends such as the widening skills gap, the multigenerational workforce, the changing nature of the workplace and the importance of collaboration among allies. The one-and-a-half-day course is designed to help economic development practitioners, government officials and other community leaders at state, regional and local levels understand best practices, available resources and partnership approaches to building a competitive workforce.

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TN Marketing & Attraction Course  /  Q1 2021 / Chattanooga

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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