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CDFA Summer School
Baltimore, MD
August 8-12, 2016

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
August 8, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course
August 9-10, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Intro Bond Finance Course
August 9-10, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Advanced Bond Finance Course
August 11-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Intro Tax Credit Finance Course
August 11-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Manufacturing Finance: Bonds & Tax Increment Supporting the Industrial Renaissance
August 16, 2016
1:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Minnesota Conference
Minneapolis, MN
August 25, 2016

CDFA Wisconsin Conference
Milwaukee, WI
August 30, 2016

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Strategic TIF Structuring for Redevelopment
September 1, 2016
2:00pm Eastern

CDFA Texas Webinar: Tax Incentives: Exploring New Reporting & Disclosure Standards for Texas
September 9. 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern

Intro Energy & Water Finance Course
September 13-14, 2016
New York, NY

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Retail as Economy: The Math Behind Financing Retail Development
September 20, 2016
1:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Ohio Conference
Columbus, OH
September 21, 2016

CDFA North Carolina Conference
Research Triangle Park, NC
September 22, 2016

Intro Public-Private Partnership (P3) Finance Course
September 27-28, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

CDFA Kentucky Conference
Lexington, KY
October 4, 2016

CDFA Michigan Conference
Grand Rapids, MI
October 6, 2016

CDFA Maryland Conference
Baltimore, MD
October 11, 2016

CDFA Washington Conference
Seattle, WA
October 11, 2016

Intro Rural Finance WebCourse
October 12-13, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

CDFA Arizona Conference
Phoenix, AZ
October 13, 2016

CDFA Louisiana Conference
New Orleans, LA
November 1, 2016

CDFA's 30th National Development Finance Summit
New Orleans, LA
November 2-4, 2016

Intro Food Systems Finance Course
November 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance Course
November 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA

CDFA California Conference
Los Angeles, CA
November 15, 2016

CDFA Oregon Conference
Portland, OR
November 17, 2016

Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse
December 14-15, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

Intro Bond Finance Course
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Ballard Spahr LLP Bank of America, Merrill Lynch BNY Mellon Bricker & Eckler LLP Bryan Cave LLP Business Oregon CohnReznick FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC Frost Brown Todd, LLC Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets Kutak Rock LLP MB Financial Bank, NA McGuireWoods LLP NW Financial Group, LLC Seyfarth Shaw LLP Squire Patton Boggs Stern Brothers & Co. Stifel Nicolaus S.B. Friedman & Company U.S. Bank Wells Fargo Securities
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Bonds are the bedrock of development finance and are used to help build roads, bridges, sewers, city halls, hospitals and thousands of public and private projects. For over a century, bonds have been spurring development and redevelopment and are a major driver for job creation and economic growth.

CDFA’s highly acclaimed Intro Bond Finance Course provides an in-depth look at governmental and qualified private activity bonds, with a focus on industrial development bonds (IDBs), 501(c)(3) non-profit bonds, exempt facility bonds, and other special bond programs authorized by the federal government.

The Intro Bond Finance Course will address the basic requirements for issuing a bond, the rules and regulations that govern tax-exempt and taxable bonds, the major players involved in a bond transaction, and the roles and responsibilities of both public and private sector participants. Plus, learn about the tax-exempt bond market, the ratings process, how to buy and sell bonds, and ongoing continuing disclosure.

This course is essential for public leaders, economic development professionals, financial experts and anyone working to address local economic challenges. Learn how to bring economic growth to your community by utilizing the vast resources of the development bond finance industry.

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.

The Intro Bond Finance Course is a part of Summer School, which is a week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. Held this August, CDFA Summer School will offer courses in the fundamentals of economic development finance, bonds, tax increment finance and tax credits. Participants may register for one, two, or three courses during CDFA Summer School. Click on the course names below to learn more about the specific topics and agendas:

CDFA Summer School: Course Schedule

August 8, 2016
Tuesday & Wednesday
August 9-10, 2016
Thursday & Friday
August 11-12, 2016
    By attending, you will:
    • Discuss the difference between governmental and private activity bonds and when to use them.
    • Learn which projects qualify for financing using industrial development bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds, and other forms of private activity bonds.
    • Discover best practices employed by successful issuing authorities from across the country.
    • Gain a greater understanding of the various players involved in a bond transaction and why each of their roles is important.
    • Examine the bond transaction process from start to finish.
    • Review federal tax rules and filing requirements.
    You will learn through:

    • Real life case studies
    • Interactive, online discussions
    • Presentations from industry experts
    Topics covered include:

    • Governmental and Qualified Private Activity Bonds
    • Small Issue and 501(c)(3) Bonds
    • Internal Revenue Code Rules
    • Roles of Bond Counsel, Underwriters and Trustees
    • Bond Ratings and Credit Analysis
    • Structuring and Sizing Bond Issues
    • How Bonds are Sold
    • Ongoing Continuing Disclosure
    Who should attend?

    • Bond Issuers
    • Economic Development Professionals
    • Community Development Professionals
    • Broker/Dealers and Underwriters
    • Elected Officials
    • Government and Nonprofit Finance Officers
    • Attorneys
    • Accountants
    • Financial Advisors
    • Policy Makers
    Course Advisor:

    A twelve year veteran to the Public Finance and Economic Development arena Brian specializes in general obligation and revenue based project and public finance. Mr. Cooper financial matters that range from credit strategy, debt issuance and management, financial operations, capital planning and support, management review and budgeting and forecasting.

    Brian serves the Ohio public finance market and has worked with issuers large and small including the City of Akron, Development Finance Authority of Summit County, City of Wadsworth, the City of Grandview Heights and City of Tallmadge and the City of Cuyahoga Falls. Brian has also worked with regional authorities such as the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and State level issuers including the State Treasurer and the Ohio Public Facilities Commission. Mr. Cooper has completed over 120 distinct project financings representing over $2.75 billion in financed projects.

    Mr. Cooper graduated from the Ohio State University in 2001 and is registered as a municipal advisor with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mr. Cooper serves as a board member to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority and a trustee to the Worthington Education Foundation.

    Cooper joined Umbaugh in 2015 when his practice, ACI Advisors, LLC, merged with Umbaugh. He is based in Umbaugh’s Columbus, Ohio, office and lives in Worthington, Ohio with his wife Patty and their three boys, Alex, Calvin and Ivan.

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    The following is the preliminary agenda for this course. This agenda will be updated and modified slightly to accommodate speakers and content. However, the main areas of content as outlined in this agenda will be covered.


    8:00 – 8:30 am EasternContinental Breakfast & Registrations

    8:30 – 9:00 amWelcome & Overview

    Welcome participants, introduce CDFA, and set the stage for the course.

    Brian Cooper, Course Advisor

    9:00 – 10:00 amWhy Bond Financing?

    Tax-exempt bonds help stimulate public and private investment in job creation, business and industry expansion, economic and physical redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, and renewable energy production, among many other projects. In fact, tax-exempt bonds are issued by over 50,000 state and local governments and authorities representing a three trillion dollar industry. To begin the course, we will look at the importance of tax-exempt bonds, the types of projects and businesses they support, and discuss why tax-exempt bonds are one of the nation’s most critical economic engines.

    Toby Rittner, DFCP, EDFP
    President & CEO
    Council of Development Finance Agencies

    10:00 – 10:15 amBreak

    10:15 am – 12:00 pmThe Basics of Bond Finance

    Bonds are the bedrock of development finance and are the cornerstone of most development finance projects. This session will introduce the basics, including the various types of bonds (both tax-exempt and taxable), the general process for issuing bonds, important terms, and key players in the transaction. A case study will be introduced.

    12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch

    1:30 – 3:41 pmThe Partners Involved

    Every bond transaction requires the careful involvement of many players. This session will look at the roles that the issuer, underwriter, financial advisor, bond counsel, trustee, and rating agencies play in a bond transaction. We will discuss the responsibilities of each player, selecting the right team of partners, and any special documents that need to be produced. We will also look at the case study and consider the role that each partner would play.

    Greg Jordan 
    Managing Director
    U.S. Bank

    Chris Burnham 
    Development Finance Authority of Summit County

    Richard Raphael 
    Long View Consulting

    James Snyder
    Ice Miller

    Dane Lee 
    Vice President

    Bob Swanger 
    Managing Director
    Stern Brothers & Co.

    3:15 – 3:30 pmBreak

    3:30 – 4:30 pmTypes of Tax-Exempt Bonds

    Knowing the differences between governmental and private activity bonds is an essential element of issuing bonds. This session will explain the key differences, and then outline the variety of tax-exempt bonds available, focusing primarily on industrial development bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds for non-profits, exempt facility bonds, among others. We will discuss the types of projects that may qualify for this form of financing, and the caveats for their use. The type of bond that would be the best fit for the case study will be determined.

    Joel Swearingen 
    Squire Patton Boggs

    4:30 pmAdjourn


    8:00 – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast & Registration

    8:30 – 8:45 amRevisiting Day 1

    The first day of the Intro Bond Finance WebCourse looked at bonds from a global perspective and introduced the basic concepts and players involved. At the start of Day 2, we will review some important terms and set the stage for the remaining sessions focused on the more technical aspects of bond financing, including the rules and structuring the bond issue.

    Brian Cooper, Course Advisor

    8:45 – 10:15 amIssuing Bonds - The Rules

    Tax-exempt bonds are governed by a series of strict rules depending on the type of project and bond being used. This session will discuss the basic rules for issuing tax-exempt bonds, including the private business use test, alternative minimum tax, volume cap, use of proceeds, TEFRA hearings, and other important rules from the federal government. We will also look at post issuance compliance policies and provide a brief overview of the important items to monitor during compliance, including bond proceeds and arbitrage and rebate. We will discuss the rules applicable to the case study as well.

    Kimberly Betterton 
    Ballard Spahr LLP

    10:15 – 10:30 amBreak

    10:30 am – 12:00 pmStructuring the Deal

    The structure of a bond issue will influence several other decisions, including the size and borrowing costs. This session will look at the sources and uses of funds and explain how best to structure a bond to meet the needs of the borrower. We will consider the variety of tools that could be combined with bonds when structuring a deal, including loan funds, tax credits, tax increment financing, credit enhancement, and others. The panel will also address repayment, maturity schedules, legal limitations, market conditions, how bonds are sold, and the process of bringing a bond deal to market. Discussion of the case study will continue.

    Brian Cooper, Course Advisor

    Dane Lee 
    Vice President

    12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch

    1:30 – 2:30 pmBond Financing Case Studies

    Bond financing is a source of capital for businesses of all sizes and from several different types of industries. This session will look at a few exemplary bond financing deals across the country to put the themes of the two-day course in context.

    Dennis Enright 
    NW Financial Group

    William Liggins 
    Director, DC Revenue Bond Program
    Government of the District of Columbia

    2:30 – 3:30 pmClosing the Deal

    A bond issue can only be successful if it is closed properly. This session will pull all of the themes of the course together and explain the final important steps to closing the deal. Case study examples of deals will be presented, as well as lessons learned, potential continuing disclosure requirements, and last-minute problem solving techniques.

    Kimberly Magrini Rhodes
    Ballard Spahr LLP

    3:30 pmAdjourn
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      CDFA Summer School will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Steps away from the city's storied waterfront, this hotel is at the center of downtown Baltimore's most exciting district.

      Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
      202 East Pratt Street
      Baltimore, MD 21202
      Phone: 410-547-1200

      >>>Reserve Your Room

      CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $189.00 (plus tax) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). A select number of hotel rooms are available from August 7-12, 2016 at the reduced rate if reservations are made before July 23, 2016. This rate is not guaranteed if reservations are made after the cut-off date or if the hotel is sold-out. Please reserve your room early. For individual reservations call 410-547-1200 and reference CDFA Summer School.

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

      Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, Presented by PFM and submit your application today.

      Register before July 8, 2016 for the Early-Bird Rates.

      Participants can register for one, two or three courses throughout the week. When you register for three courses during CDFA Summer School, you will receive a $200 discount off the total registration fee.

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      Register Today!
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