Short Course Webinars

Municipal and Development Finance for Planners

This timely, relevant six-hour course in finance is taught by experienced faculty in five segments. Gain perspective on how finance works and how it is being affected by the current economy. 

This course was recorded live at the APA National Planning Conference on April 10-11, 2011.

CM | 6.25

How this Works


You will stream the recorded audio, PowerPoint, and video presentation from a URL that will be sent to you via e-mail once you register.

Your single user registration covers access for one person.

The group rate is for agencies, firms, and university planning programs. If you registered for the group rate, you may share the access URL with your colleagues within the agency, firm, or university planning program (including students) to play the webinar on multiple computers or project the program from one computer in a conference room. You are not permitted to share the URL with anyone outside the agency, firm, or planning program.

Registration includes access to a special conference website with supplemental reading materials.

You have access to the program for one year from the date of purchase and may claim CM credit until that date.

What Technology Is Required?

You will need:

  • A computer
  • Internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones to listen to the audio
  • Microsoft Silverlight (you will be prompted if you don't already have this free software installed)

Please note: In order to deliver this program at a lower cost, this technology is self-guided. Follow the instructions provided via the program links.


Registration is non-refundable. Please review the course outline below before registering for this course.

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You may also register for this webinar together with one on Water. Learn more about the Water webinar.

Register for Municipal Finance Webinar plus Water Webinar

Course Outline

View a detailed outline of the course (pdf)

Contents of the Course

Budget and an Explanation of Revenue

Begin with an overview of taxes, fees, and debt. Learn how funding sources are used and what affects their use. 
CM | 1.25

Speaker: Jeff Chapman, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

Municipal Debt and Public and Private Financing

Examine the role debt plays in the overall financing of municipalities, capital projects, infrastructure, and development. Find out why it is affecting the economy in such far-ranging ways.
CM | 1.25

Speaker: Ron Coan, Council for Community Economic Research

Demographics and Other Larger Changes Affecting Municipal Finance

Demographics play a role in  the overall finance picture . Population shifts bring both serious challenges and some unexpected opportunities. Examine the critical role of housing.
CM | 1.25

Speakers: Stephen Friedman, S.B. Friedman & Co.; Robert Burchell, Co-Director, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University

How Do We Cope

In this new financing reality, how should planners respond? Explore the relationship of planning to economic development and take a hard look at policy assumptions.
CM | 1.25

Speakers: William Anderson, Planning Director, City of San Diego; Stephen Friedman, S.B. Friedman & Co.

Federal Programs and the Economy

Presenters provide insights into new programs and legislation aimed at rebuilding the economy, furthering sustainability goals, and investing infrastructure. Hear about actual funded projects.
CM | 1.25

Speakers: Jason Jordan, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, American Planning Association; Cara Camacho, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch; Cooper Martin, Manager, Federal Relations, American Institute of Architects; Jonathan Stevens, Policy Director, Office of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee

Speaker Bios

Jeffrey I. Chapman is a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. In addition to four books, he has published in such journals as Land Economics, Public Administration Review, The Journal of Urban Economics, Public Budgeting and Finance, National Tax Journal, and Public Finance Quarterly. His research focuses on state and local public finance.

Ron W. Coan is the editor for the Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development and an adjunct research fellow for the Center of Regional Economic Competitiveness. He has held numerous positions as an economic development professional. Coan possesses a PhD from Miami University of Ohio in Political Science and Public Administration. Since his retirement in 2005, he taught full time (one year) as a member of the graduate faculty at Marist College in New York City and currently teaches as an adjunct in the Anne Arundel Community College outside of Annapolis, Maryland/Washington, D.C.

Stephen B. Friedman, AICP. President of S. B. Friedman & Company, a development advisory and planning firm specializing in public-private partnerships for the past 20 years. Prior employment as principal of real estate advisory services in a national accounting and consulting firm, with a national real estate consulting firm, APA, and the State of Wisconsin

Robert Burchell
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William Anderson is the former Director of the City Planning and Community Investment Department in the City of San Diego, overseeing planning, urban form, economic development, redevelopment, and facilities financing. He also serves as a Board Member of SanGIS and the Public Facilities Financing Authority and is Chair of SANDAG's Technical Advisory Committee. Previously, he was Senior Vice-President at Economics Research Associates, in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Diego offices as well as the Economic Planning Practice Group Leader specializing in market research, urban economics analysis, and advisory services to governments and private clients in 20 states and seven foreign countries.

Cooper Martin
Click on Cooper Martin's name to view his bio.

Jonathan Stevens has served in a number of positions in local, state and federal government, including stints as Legislative Director in Senator Chafee's Washington office, Office Director of Senator Chafee's Newport office, Congressional Liaison to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Planning Director for the City of Warwick, Director of Economic Development for the City of Newport and District Press Secretary for US Rep. Claudine Schneider. He held senior staff positions on both of Chafee's campaigns for U.S. Senate, as well as his campaigns for Mayor of Warwick. Stevens holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree in Community Planning from URI. He has been an adjunct lecturer at Brown University.