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This series of short lectures is designed to acclimate you as a local elected officials to some of the more complex issues you face in your communities, and to help you become more aware of personal leadership behaviors that support your transition from campaigning to governing. It is recommended that Firefox or Internet Explorer search engines be utilized for playing these modules.  Modules 1 – 3 are offered free of charge.  Module 4 can be accessed by registering at the linked page.

Module 4: Economic Development Tools and Strategies

This module features faculty members Jonathan Q. Morgan, Professor of Public Administration and Government, and C. Tyler Mulligan, Professor of Public Law and Government and Director of the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative. Morgan and Mulligan discuss Economic Development tools and strategies used by local governments in North Carolina. Mulligan discusses the array of Public Private Partnership tools available to local governments in North Carolina; Morgan discusses how local governments in North Carolina employ specific tools as part of their broader strategies to support private investments and job creation. He also talks about the various options for organizing and structuring delivery of economic development programs and services.

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Module 3: Understanding and Developing a Capital Improvement Plan

Developing and managing a Capital Improvement Plan and a Capital Budget can help your local government meet future needs and protect current assets, regardless of economic ups and downs.  In this two part module, SOG adjunct faculty member Renee Paschal defines a capital budget, describes the many elements that can be financed as a part of a capital project, and discusses successful practices for developing and sustaining a capaital plan and budget over time.

Understanding and Developing a Capital Improvement Plan – Part Iexplains a Capital Plan and defines Capital Projects.

Understanding and Developing a Capital Improvement Plan – Part II – discusses best practice processes for developing and implementing a Capital Plan.


Module 2: Revenue Sources










Module 1: Wicked Problems