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Foundations of Local Government Finance in the United States

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This online, self-paced course provides an overview of how local governments in the U.S. raise and spend money. It illuminates the often-misunderstood system by which communities pay for public services and infrastructure—from schools to clean water to sidewalks—that are foundational to a high quality of life.

This course is intended for urban planners and other local government staff, real estate professionals, employees of nonprofit organizations, and anyone interested in how local governments pay for public goods. In nine modules led by top experts, the course explains the structure of different levels of government in the U.S., delves into the revenue sources and financial instruments available to local governments, and explores other topics related to the fiscal health of communities and regions.

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