Courtney Tobin, Esq. J.D.

Courtney Tobin is a Public Service Associate at the Fanning Institute, where she focuses on community economic development initiatives. She designs and executes public participatory processes for communities, diverse stakeholder groups and public agency rule-making initiatives, primarily in the environmental and sustainable resources areas.

Ms Tobin provides technical assistance and creates educational opportunities for neighborhoods and communities on reuse opportunities, including brownfield redevelopment and related economic development initiatives.  Ms. Tobin is responsible for planning the Georgia Brownfields Academy, a semi-annual educational initiative aimed at city, county, development authority and chamber of commerce professionals, RDC and state agency staff and others interested in brownfield redevelopment strategies.

Ms. Tobin also worked with Georgia EPD on the statewide comprehensive water management plan, designing facilitation for nearly 70 public meetings during development of the plan. She co-teaches a law school course, Public Finance and the Law, and is a certified mediator. She is Vice Chair of the Athens Navy School Local Redevelopment Authority, which is developing the reuse plan for the 58 acre property in Athens under the BRAC process.

Prior to coming to Georgia, Courtney was appointed by Indiana’s governor to lead the Indiana Development Finance Authority, a quasi-public agency dedicated to economic development finance. She managed Indiana’s capital access, industrial development bond, and brownfield redevelopment programs and served on the lieutenant governor’s management and legislative teams. She wrote legislation resulting in Indiana’s first land use council and helped develop the state’s first brownfields initiative, a $10 million revolving loan fund.

Ms. Tobin earlier served as general counsel for the Indiana Department of Commerce and the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture, where she helped interpret and develop policy for the state’s economic, community, and rural development programs. Before entering public service, Ms. Tobin was a lawyer and lobbyist for one of Indiana’s largest law firms. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law.

Courtney Tobin, Esq. J.D. Public Service Associate,  Fanning Institute, University of Georgia

Courtney Tobin, Esq. J.D.

Public Service Associate, Fanning Institute, University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia, United States

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