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Tyler Mulligan - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Tyler Mulligan Tyler Mulligan

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Development Finance Initiative | UNC-Chapel Hill


Tyler Mulligan is an Associate Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.





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Tyler Mulligan joined the School of Government in 2007, where he counsels state and local government officials and their partner organizations regarding development finance, community economic development, and revitalization efforts. Mulligan launched the School's Development Finance Initiative, which assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative development projects, and now serves as faculty advisor for the initiative. Prior to joining the School of Government, he practiced law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Raleigh, where he represented investors and syndicators in structuring investments in real estate and related investment funds, and he represented corporations and local governments in site location and economic development incentive matters. Prior to private practice, Mulligan served as a Navy diver and JAG Corps officer. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. He earned a BA in public policy studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Yale University Elm-Ivy Award.

Areas of Expertise (11)

Affordable Housing

Code Enforcement (Minimum Housing Codes)

Community Development

Development Finance

Downtown Revitalization

Economic Development

Finance (Economic Development and Redevelopment)

Property Disposal (Economic Development)

Public-Private Partnerships (Economic Development and Redevelopment)

Public Records (Economic Development)


Accomplishments (2)

Launched the Development Finance Initiative (DFI)


Distinguished Term Professor


Education (2)

Yale Law School: J.D., Law

Duke University: B.A., Public Policy Studies

Affiliations (2)

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Master of Public Administration Program at UNC-Chapel Hill

Courses (3)

Development Finance Toolbox

A survey of local government financing tools for community and economic development What tools are available to local governments to help stimulate private investment for development and revitalize Main Street? North Carolina communities can select from a wide array of financing tools in their efforts to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets. In order to select the right approach for your development project, it helps to understand the options. Participants in this course will learn the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals.

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Community Development Academy

Community development practitioners will benefit from this intensive 6-day course, which is designed for community development practitioners and covers the concepts, methods, and strategies of community economic development. The course provides community development practitioners with significant perspective and practical skills surrounding community development in North Carolina.

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Community Revitalization Applied

Interdisciplinary teams of students in this workshop-style course will engage in intensive experiential learning while assisting NC communities to achieve their community and economic development goals.

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Articles (5)

"Financing and Public-Private Partnerships for Community Economic Development"

School of Government (2014)

In Introduction to Local Government Finance (Kara A. Millonzi, ed., 2d ed., Chapel Hill

Economic Development Incentives Must Be “Necessary”: A Framework for Evaluating the Constitutionality of Public Aid for Private Development Projects

Harvard Law & Policy Review (2013)

C. Tyler Mulligan

A familiar scene unfolds in communities across the country. A for-profit company approaches a local government and seeks a discretionary1 economic development incentive—often in the form of a direct subsidy such as a cash grant—for the company’s proposed development project in the community. The project may involve redevelopment of a historic building on Main Street; perhaps construction of a new retail center off the highway; or maybe job creation at a manufacturing facility. When the company requests a direct public subsidy for the project, a crucial constitutional question must be answered: Would the subsidy be an unlawful gift under the state constitution?

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"Economic Development Incentives and North Carolina Local Governments: A Framework for Analysis,

North Carolina Law Review , Vol 91, No. 6 (2013)


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Housing Codes for Repair and Maintenance

School of Government (2011)

Using the General Police Power and Minimum Housing Statutes to Prevent Dwelling Deterioration

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Toward a Comprehensive Program for Regulating Vacant or Abandoned Dwellings in North Carolina: The General Police Power, Minimum Housing Standards, and Vacant Property Registration

Campbell Law Review (2009)

ABSTRACT: Part I of this Article provides a brief introduction to North Carolina's experience thus far with the foreclosure crisis and introduces the broad array of statutorily granted tools local governments might employ to deal with vacant or abandoned dwellings in varying stages of neglect. Part II discusses the general police power that serves as the first line of defense against the decline of vacant or abandoned housing, as well as how that power is limited by state statutes governing minimum housing standards. Part III then turns to those minimum housing statutes to examine their operation and limitations. Part IV analyzes the authority of local governments in North Carolina to implement a policy tool used in other states; namely, a vacant property registration program. Part V concludes by reflecting on the limitations of North Carolina's complex web of code enforcement mechanisms and proposes some ways in which the North Carolina General Assembly could enhance local governments' authority to regulate vacant and abandoned dwellings.

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