The Intro Rural Finance WebCourse focuses on how the development finance toolbox can be structured to support rural communities and help them with strategies to invest in infrastructure, redevelopment, and job creation.

Leaders in rural and agricultural development finance will discuss how to develop and establish long-term financing within rural communities. In addition, the course will highlight successful programs that are working throughout the country in communities with varying levels of capacity and size. Topics discussed during the Intro Rural Finance WebCourse include:

  • Rural financing programs from federal, state, and local sources
  • Applying development finance tools for rural projects
  • Financing solutions for agriculture, infrastructure, energy, food systems, manufacturers, small businesses, and other rural businesses.
  • Identifying local financing partners, including CDCs, CDFIs, MEPs, developers, banks, and service providers
  • Understanding risk and long term financing strategies unique to rural communities
  • Case studies focused on structuring and layering financing sources together

This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.


How a WebCourse Works:

The Intro Rural Finance WebCourse will be presented via the web over two days and will include lecture and presentations from speakers throughout the country. Attendees will be asked to log into the WebCourse from 12-5pm Eastern on each day of the course and will be able to raise their hands, ask questions, comment on presentations, and take interactive polls during the sessions.

Participants must have access to a computer and phone to attend the WebCourse. Participants will receive instructions for logging into the WebCourse in a follow-up email after registering.