2019 Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance – Chicago

March 13, 2019 - March 15, 2019

Chicago, IL United States

Offered in English

Events in Detroit, Stockton, Flint, and Puerto Rico highlight the severe challenges related to fiscal systems that support public services and the continued stress they face given local governments’ shrinking revenue streams.

Whether you want to better understand public-private partnerships, new approaches to debt and municipal securities, or leading land-based finance strategies to finance infrastructure projects, this Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance will give you the skills and insights you need as you advance your career in urban planning, real estate, treasury, or economic development.


Created by Harris Public Policy’s Center for Municipal Finance and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, this three day program provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance with a focus on urban planning and economic development. This course will include modules on the following topics:

  • 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 Public Finance Instruments
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis

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 Certificate in Municipal Finance.

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 treasury, economic development, and land development industry at large.
  • Relevant job titles include:
    • Urban Planners
    • Community and Economic Development staff
    • Developers and real estate professionals
    • Real Estate Attorneys
    • Treasury and Finance professionals

Space is limited.


March 13, 2019 - March 15, 2019
Application Period
October 8, 2018 - January 25, 2019
Course Type
In-Person Courses
The University of Chicago
Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL United States
Number of Credits
Educational Credit Type
AICP CM credits
Related Links


Economic Development, Infrastructure, Land Use, Local Government, Municipal Fiscal Health, Planning, Property Taxation, Public Finance