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Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance 3rd Edition

About the Practitioner's Guide

The Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance is the only comprehensive resource dedicated to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox. The Practitioner's Guide provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies, and techniques used to build strong communities. From bonds, tax increment finance, and special districts to tax credits, seed and venture capital, revolving loan funds, and much more, this book outlines the financing tools required for succeeding in today's competitive economic development climate.

By utilizing the toolbox approach, economic development practitioners, public officials, and private sector leaders can harness the full spectrum of the development finance industry to support business growth, build public financing capacity, increase investment, secure redevelopment and development projects, and promote social equity. Backed by a series of finance agency case studies, the Practitioner’s Guide demonstrates how communities are capitalizing on this toolbox approach and successfully employing the economic development finance concepts and practices found in this book.

The Practitioner's Guide is the primary curriculum for CDFA's Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course.

Chapter 1: Understanding Development Finance

Covering: What is Development Finance, What is a Development Finance Agency, Trends in the Industry, and the Future of Development Finance

Chapter 2: Building the Development Finance Toolbox

Covering: The Toolbox Approach, The Finance Spectrum, and Types of Project Financings

Chapter 3: Bedrock Tools

Covering: The Basics of Bonds and Public-Private Partnerships

Chapter 4: Targeted Tools

Covering: Tax Increment Finance, Special Assessment Districts, Brownfields Finance, PACE, and Tax Abatements

Chapter 5: Investment Tools

Covering: Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones, and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Chapter 6: Access to Capital Lending Tools

Covering: Revolving Loan Funds, Mezzanine Funds, Loan Guarantees, Micro-Enterprise Finance, Seed and Venture Capital, and Angel Funds

Chapter 7: Federal Support Tools

Covering: Federal Economic Development Programs

Chapter 8: Implementing the Development Finance Toolbox

Covering: Assembling Development Finance Teams, Sharing Risk, Program Sustainability, Best Practices, and Case Studies of Agencies Utilizing the Toolbox Approach



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