DFI is a program of the School of Government that provides specialized finance and development expertise to local governments in connection with the educational and public service mission of the School. DFI shares the same mission as the School, which is to provide North Carolina’s local and state government officials with nonpartisan legal, public administration, management, and financial expertise. DFI also shares the School’s values, which is to be nonpartisan, policy-neutral, and responsive. For more, visit sog.unc.edu.
DFI staff teach local government practitioners through the School of Government’s continuing education programs as well as graduate students from several degree-granting programs at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In Tyler Mulligan’s course on community revitalization, graduate students analyze local development projects for communities at no charge, simultaneously educating the next generation of local government development officials and putting energetic learners to work on projects in underserved areas.
Additionally, DFI recruits graduate fellows from a variety of programs. These fellows are able to perform high-level analysis and contribute to high-level strategic thinking about DFI’s projects. The fellows also mentor students. Graduating fellows make for highly qualified DFI real estate development analysts and project managers, and, at times, project workflows seamlessly when a student graduates and joins the DFI team in a permanent role.