Required Course Text

Buy at Amazon Seidman, Karl F. Economic Development Finance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004. ISBN: 0761927093.

Readings by Session

SES # TOPICS Readings
Part I: Course Introduction
1 Course Overview

Definition of Economic Development

Role of Finance in Economic Development
Seidman. Chapter 1, pp. 3-7.
Part II: Business Financing
2 Business Finance Needs

Business Financing Instruments
Seidman. Chapter 2.

Berger, and Udell. "The Economics of Small Business Finance." Journal of Banking and Finance 22 (1998): 613-673.
3 Analyzing Finance Needs I: Introduction to Accounting
and Financial Statements
Seidman. Chapter 3.


Buy at Amazon Anthony, Hawkins, and Merchant. Accounting: Text and Cases. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill, 2004, pp. 25-44, 51-74. ISBN: 0072819502.
4 Analyzing Finance Needs II: Evaluating Firms for Financing
Financial Statement Analysis
Seidman. Chapter 4.
5 Working Capital Finance Seidman. Chapter 5.
6 Fixed Asset Financing Seidman. Chapter 6, pp. 111-123.

———. "Cambridge Biotechnology Corporation Fixed Asset Financing Case Study." Unpublished Case Study. Cambridge, MA.
7 Real Estate Financing Seidman. Chapter 7.
8 Analyzing Business Financing Needs III Seidman. Chapter 6, pp. 123-132.
Part III: Program Models and Federal Resources
9 Introduction to Capital Markets, Capital Market Imperfections and Financing Gaps Seidman. Chapter 1, pp. 7-19.

Yago, Zeidman, and Schmidt. Creating Capital, Jobs and Wealth in Emerging Domestic Markets. Milken Institute Research Report. Santa Monica, CA, 2003, pp. 1-18.
10 Private Market Interventions I: Guarantees and Credit Enhancement Seidman. Chapter 8.
11 Private Market Interventions II: Community Reinvestment Act, Bank CDCs Seidman. Chapter 9, pp. 184-205.

Immergluck, and Weinstein. "Mellon Bank Profile." In Small Business Lending for Economic Development. Vol 2. Chicago, IL: Woodstock Institute, 1995, pp. 35-38.

Buy at Amazon Lowe, and Metzger. "A Citywide Strategy: The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group." In Organizing Access to Capital. Edited by Squires. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2003. ISBN: 1592130267.

Seidman, Karl F. "Bank of America Merger Case." Unpublished Case Study. Cambridge, MA.
12 Private Market Interventions III: Community Development Banks, Bank Holding Companies Seidman. Chapter 9, pp. 205-211.

Buy at Amazon Taub, R. Community Capitalism. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2004, chapters 1, 2, and 5-8. ISBN: 0875845533.
13 Program Models I: Revolving Loan Funds, Plans for Field Work Seidman. Chapter 10, pp. 406-410.

Burchell, Robert. EDA RLFs: Planning, Local Structural Change and Overall Performance. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research, 2002.
14 Program Models II: Venture Capital Seidman. Chapter 11.

Buy at Amazon Hebb, and Mackenzie. "Canadian Labour-sponsored Funds: A Model for the U.S. Economically Targeted Investments." In Working Capital: The Power of Labor's Pensions. Edited by Fung, et al. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2001. ISBN: 0801439019.
15 Project Work Session Project Team Field Reports
16 Program Models III: Community Development Credit Unions, Community Development Loan Funds Seidman. Chapter 12.

Kolodinsky, Jane, Sue Holmberg, Caryl Stewart, and Antonia Bullard. Vermont Community Development Credit Union: A Community Program that Works. Burlington, VT: Vermont Development Credit Union, 2002.

Opportunities Credit Union 2004 Annual Report.

Immergluck, and Weinstein. "Center for Community Self-Help." In Small Business Lending for Economic Development. Vol. 2. Chicago, IL: Woodstock Institute, 1995, pp. 51-54. (PDF)
17 Program Models IV: Microenterprise Development Seidman. Chapter 13.

Taub, R. "Making the Adaptation Across Cultures and Societies: A Report on an Attempt to Clone the Grameen Bank in Southern Arkansas." Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 3, no. 1 (Summer, 1998)

Servon, Lisa. "Microenterprise Development as an Economic Adjustment Strategy." New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research, 1998, pp. 37-51. (PDF)


Edgcomb, and Klein. Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership. FIELD Report, February 2005, chapter 5, pp. 79-106. (PDF - 1.2 MB)
18 Federal Programs: SBA Programs, CDFI Fund, HUD 108 Program, Office of Community Services, New Market Tax Credits Seidman. Chapter 14.

New Markets Tax Coalition. New Markets Tax Credits: A Progress Report. Washington, DC, May 2005. (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF - 1.6MB)


Taylor, B. "Investor Perspective: How to Evaluate the Purpose, People and Projects for NMTC Investments." Community Development Investments Review 1, no. 1 (2005): 33-36.

Bystry, D. "Case Study from Application to Construction: Clearinghouse CDFI Puts NMTC to Work." Community Development Investments Review 1, no. 1 (2005): 37-42.

Wells, J. "Case Study from Application to Construction: Lenders for Community Development Puts NMTC to Work." Community Development Investments Review 1, no. 1 (2005): 43-48.
Part IV: Program Management
19 Issues in Program Management: Program Planning and Design Seidman. Chapter 16.
20 Issues in Program Management: Marketing and Origination, Underwriting and Structuring Investments, Servicing and Portfolio Management Seidman. Chapter 17.
21 Issues in Program Management: Capital Management and Recapitalization Seidman. Chapter 18.

Robinson, Kelly. Structured Finance for Economic Development Loan Funds. Newark, NJ: Rutgers University Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Seidman, Karl. "Case Study: South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation." Unpublished Case Study. Cambridge, MA.


Bullard, A. "High-Impact Capital: Using Secondary Capital to Expand Community Development Credit Union Capacity." Community Investments Online 16, no. 2 (September 2004).
22 Term Project Presentations  
23 Term Project Presentations (cont.)  
Part V: Municipal Financing Tools
24 Municipal Finance Tools I: Municipal Debt Industrial Development Bond

Guest Speaker: Tobias Yarmolinski, RBC Dain Rauscher
Seidman. Chapter 15, pp. 341-348.
25 Municipal Finance Tools II: Tax Increment Financing Assessment Districts and BIDS Seidman. Chapter 15, pp. 348-361.

Buy at Amazon Johnson, C. L. "The Use of Debt in Tax Increment Financing." In Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development. Edited by Johnson and Man. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2001, pp. 71-86. ISBN: 0791449769.

Mitchell, J. "Business Improvement Assessment Financing Districts and the New Revitalization of Downtown." Economic Development Quarterly 15, no. 2, 115-123.

Kildee, Dan. "Genesee County Land Bank Initiative." (DOC)
26 Course Conclusion Seidman. Chapter 19.

Pinsky, Mark. "Taking Stock: CDFIs Look Ahead After 25 years of Community Development Finance." Capital Xchange (December 2001). (PDF)
27 Wrap Up