Welcome from the Interim Director

Maggie Reeves, Interim Director

The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) is a policy think tank within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. CSLF was created in 2014 to showcase the school’s nationally-ranked public finance faculty and share its expertise with policymaker and practitioner communities. CSLF produces innovative, applied research to inform data-driven policymaking in the public sector and hosts top-notch executive education courses to train the next generation of government finance leaders.

CSLF’s economists and public policy experts specialize in four areas of public finance: economic development and urban policy, education finance, fiscal health and management, and tax policy and reform. Much of our research is rooted in our home state of Georgia, but our findings have implications nationally. Utilizing academic literature and methods, we produce nonpartisan research that policymakers and practitioners can use to improve communities.

Our executive education program gives finance directors and government CFOs the breadth and depth they need to lead cities, counties, school districts, public utilities, and state agencies. Our courses are organized around the pillars of government finance; each goes beyond the basic terms and concepts to dig into the complexities and importance of financial decision-making in the public sector. The Andrew Young School’s faculty, renowned guest speakers, and experts with 30-40 years in the field create a unique experience for those seeking professional growth.

We are a forum for the people and ideas of next generation public finance. As we continue to grow, we hope you will use us as a resource and join us in the conversation.



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