Upcoming School of Government Courses for Community Development Practitioners!

October 27, 2023 8:30 AM | Ashley Pendley (Administrator)

UNC School of Government is offering THREE continuing education courses for community and economic development practitioners!   

Historic Resilience Workshops

November 8, 2023 | Biltmore Village, Asheville

November 14, 2023 | Revolution Mills, Greensboro

November 30, 2023 | Rocky Mount Mills, Rocky Mount

December 7, 2023 | Downtown, New Bern

December 14, 2023 | Online

9:00am-4:00pm | Course Cost: $25


This one-day workshop seeks to find common ground between historic preservation, hazard mitigation, private ownership, and public regulation--worlds that are sometimes at odds despite common goals.

It will help build an understanding around natural hazards in North Carolina and how to mitigate their impacts in historically appropriate ways. You will be introduced to a suit of Historic Resilience resources. Additionally, you will be introduced to each other through structured discussions, case study problems, and open dialogue. 

What You'll Learn:

The workshop provide context and answers to questions like these:

  • What are the risks for our historic properties, and how do we find out? 
  • What steps should our community take to protect our treasured cultural sites from natural hazards? 
  • What is wet floodproofing, and how does it work? 
  • How do we align our historic preservation regulations and our hazard mitigation priorities? 

Who Should Attend:

Anyone interested in resilience-focused adaptation strategies for historic properties, specifically to help mitigate the impacts of natural hazards like hurricanes, severe storms, and flooding. Communities are encouraged to bring participants from multiple perspectives. It is not solely for preservationists, emergency managers, or property owners.



  • Elected Officials
  • Historic Preservation Commissioners
  • Local Government Managers

Community Members and Property Owners

  • Historic Property Owners & Businesses
  • Historic Site Operators
  • Religious, High Education, & Other Institutional Leaders

Preservation Advocates and Design Professionals

  • Preservation Nonprofits & Consultants
  • Community Cultural Advocates
  • Architects, Engineers, & Other Designers

Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management Officials

  • Emergency Management Officials
  • Floodplain Managers
  • Hazard Mitigation Planners

Local Planning and Preservation Officials

  • Preservation Planners
  • Land Use Planners
  • Development Planning Officials
Historic Resilience Workshops | UNC School of Government

Development Finance Toolbox

December 5 - 7,  2023 | Online

10:00am - 2:30pm Course Cost: $360

How do local governments use public-private partnerships for development? What finance tools are available to local governments to revitalize Main Street? North Carolina communities can select from wide array of financing tools in their efforts to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets.

This course is intended for elected officials; city and county managers, assistant managers, clerks; and community and economic development professionals who want to learn the basics and understand the options of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments.

What You'll Learn:

  • Federal tax credit financing
  • Public-private partnerships for redevelopment
  • Local government capital financing
  • Tax increment financing (TIF) and synthetic TIF
  • Business improvement districts
  • Attracting private investment to Main Street
  • Grant identification and management
  • Fundamentals of developer real estate financing

Development Finance Toolbox | UNC School of Government

Community Development Academy

February 1 - April 25, 2024 | Online

9:00am - 12:15pm Course Cost: $915


Community development practitioners will benefit from this weekly intensive course that meets on Thursday mornings. It is designed for community development practitioners and covers the concepts, methods, and strategies of community economic development. The course provides practitioners with perspectives and practical skills surrounding community development in North Carolina. 

What You'll Learn:

  • Community development finance
  • Affordable housing strategies and tools
  • Role of economic development
  • CDBG and related grant programs
  • Environmental finance
  • Visioning and citizen participation
  • Tools for group decision-making
  • Purchasing and contracting
  • Measuring success
  • Grants management
Community Development Academy | UNC School of Government

***Scholarships Available for January to March 2024 courses: Apply by December 1, 2023 for a Civic Local Foundation Scholarship.*** 

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