The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) partners with local governments to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.

We partner with communities on projects including master-planned developments, urban infill redevelopment, downtown revitalization, and neighborhood redevelopment.

Developers who are interested in partnering with local governments can contact DFI to find upcoming investment opportunities with a variety of scopes and focus areas.

We offer fellowships in real estate and community economic development. Fellows join multi-disciplinary teams that work with faculty, staff, and local government clients on projects in North Carolina communities.

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