Development Finance Initiative

The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) at the School of Government partners with local governments in North Carolina to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.

DFI partners with communities on projects including:

•   Building reuse and downtown revitalization 

•   Master planning and execution 

•   Community and neighborhood development 

•   Economic development including small business finance programs and assessment of underutilized assets 

The Race is On for Local Government Leadership

Anticipated NC local government retirements: 50% of senior managers over the next few years
Emerging leaders trained via the LGFCU Fellows program: 147 and counting

Abuse, Neglect, Dependency, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in North Carolina, 2015 Edition

View this manual for free on the microsite created especially for the manual. Once at the microsite, you will be able to select and read individual chapters and move easily between chapters. You also can download the entire manual at no charge.

A Legal Guide to Construction Contracting with North Carolina Local Governments, Fifth Edition, 2014

For North Carolina local governments and private sector contractors, architects, engineers, and others interested in the legal requirements for local government construction and professional design services contracting, this loose-leaf book provides the guidance you need. Each chapter provides a summary of the legal requirements for various aspects of the construction contracting process, and every topic is accompanied by frequently asked questions and answers.


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Your gift represents a commitment to excellence and innovation. It will help us prepare leaders for public service, find solutions to complex public problems, and improve the quality of life in our communities. The School of Government is proud to serve the people of North Carolina, and with your help we can accomplish much more together.

Local Elected Leaders Academy

About the Local Elected Leaders Academy

Effective government is critical in this "new economy." Public officials must be ready to lead strategically, think creatively, and act collaboratively in order to deal with today's serious governing challenges.

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation

This is a two day basic introduction to planning and development regulation offered annually in the fall. The overlapping core topics from both the former Intro to Zoning and the former Intro to Planning have been combined into the new Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation. 

Essentials of Human Services: What Every County Commissioner Needs To Know

This program is designed to offer newly-elected county commissioners the opportunity to learn more about the three primary county human services program areas: (1) public health, (2) social services, and (3) mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. For each of these three areas, School of Government faculty members will explore the following questions: What do the local agencies do? How are the local agencies organized and governed? What are the county commissioners’ roles with respect to these agencies and services?