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Basic Finance Course

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The Tennessee Economic Development Basic Finance Course is a one and a half day hands-on course which focuses on the variety of development finance tools available in Tennessee, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, revolving loan funds, and access to capital lending resources. 

Course participants will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity. Participants will also learn how to determine the viability of a project and calculate the potential impacts on your community.

The class is one of a series of economic development courses, provided by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders, and elected officials.​

Date and Location:
February 8-9, 2018
UT Conference Center
Knoxville, TN
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Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which includes management of a 32 member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA's highly acclaimed Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University teaching planning for sustainable economic development. 

Rittner is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). Rittner has also advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy.

Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs and former Director of Training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, Community and Economic Development Department as a Senior Program Coordinator for Economic Development and as an Associate Planner for the City of Gahanna, Ohio.

Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I, LLC and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Heritage Ohio. Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. Mr. Rittner was awarded the Ohio State College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016. 

Course Fee:
$345 by January 31, 2018
$395 after January 31, 2018
The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses.
Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first come-first served basis.
Course Times:
February 8: Check-in 9:15am
10:00am - 5:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
February 9: 8:00am - 3:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
How to Register:
Click here to register online for the 2018 TN Economic Development Basic Finance Course.
You will be prompted to login to the Solution Point System to complete your registration. New customers can create an account by following the link below the login. If you have forgotten your password, you can follow the link to enter your email address and your password will be sent to you. If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371​​
You may also register for the TN Basic Economic Development Finance Course by submitting a 2018 Course Registration Form.pdfCourse Registration Form by fax, email, or post. Please register using the pap​er registration form​ if you need to be invoiced for the course fee. 
Registration questions:
Please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371​​

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class.  No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class but credit may be applied towards another UT CIS course.​​

Hotel Accommodations​:
Holiday Inn Knoxville
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 
Dress Code:
The attire for the course is business casual.
A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here TCED Scholarship Application 12.16.pdfScholarship Application pdf
Scholarships cover $270 of the $345 course tuition cost, and do not include hotel, travel, or meals. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $75 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by January 20, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship.
Questions or More Information about TCED program:

Contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director (865) 974-8464​ 

or email at​ ​​​​


Other TCED Economic Development Courses:
To view other economic development courses offered by The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), please visit