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CDFA Brownfields Project Marketplace
Daily: 1-5pm (EDT)
July 27-30, 2015

CDFA Florida Conference
Lake Buena Vista, FL
August 5-6, 2015

CDFA Summer School
St. Louis, MO
August 10-14, 2015

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
St. Louis, MO
August 10, 2015

Intro Public-Private Partnership (P3) Finance Course
St. Louis, MO
August 11-12, 2015

Intro Tax Increment Finance Course
St. Louis, MO
August 11-12, 2015

CDFA In-Person Rural Project Marketplace
August 12, 2015
2:00 - 4:30pm (EDT)

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar Series: New Investments With New Markets Tax Credit
2:00pm (EDT)
August 13, 2015

Intro Bond Finance Course
St. Louis, MO
August 13-14, 2015

Intro Rural Finance Course
St. Louis, MO
August 13-14, 2015

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Framing the National Incentives Discussion
1:00pm (EDT)
August 18, 2015

CDFA Kentucky Webcast: Understanding the EB-5 Model in Kentucky
11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT)
August 19, 2015

CDFA Ohio Conference
Columbus, OH
September 1, 2015

CDFA New York/New Jersey Conference
Newark, NJ
September 17, 2015

CDFA Wisconsin Conference
Madison, WI
September 30, 2015

CDFA Michigan Conference
Detroit, MI
October 7, 2015

CDFA Washington Conference
Seattle, WA
October 13, 2015

CDFA Oregon Conference
Portland, OR
October 15, 2015

CDFA Kentucky Conference
Lexington, KY
October 22, 2015

CDFA South Carolina Conference
Charleston, SC
November 3, 2015

CDFA National Development Finance Summit
Charleston, SC
November 3-6, 2015

Intro Brownfields Finance Course
Charleston, SC
November 4, 2015

CDFA Arizona Conference
Phoenix, AZ
November 17, 2015

The IED Annual Conference 2015
CDFA California Conference
Sacramento, CA
November 19, 2015

Intro Bond Finance Course
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Ballard Spahr LLP Bank of America, Merrill Lynch BNY Mellon Bricker & Eckler LLP Bryan Cave LLP Business Oregon CohnReznick Frost Brown Todd, LLC Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets Kutak Rock LLP MB Financial Bank, NA McGuireWoods LLP Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. 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 offered during CDFA Summer School, a week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. The schedule for CDFA Summer School is outlined below. Click on the course name to learn more about the topic and agenda:

CDFA Summer School: Course Schedule

August 10, 2015
Tuesday & Wednesday
August 11-12, 2015
Thursday & Friday
August 13-14, 2015
    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:

    Brian Cooper, Principal at Umbaugh, serves as CDFA's Bond Finance 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, including income tax revenue, non-tax revenue and special revenue bonds. Mr. Cooper serves as financial advisor to several municipalities and development authorities in Ohio. Previously, he served as Director of Public Finance at Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc., a global firm specializing in private wealth management, equity capital markets, fixed income capital markets and public finance. In his career, Mr. Cooper has completed over 120 distinct project financings representing over $2.75 billion in financing. Mr. Cooper graduated from the Ohio State University and is registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).

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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

    Continental Breakfast & Registration
    8:30 – 9:00 amWelcome & Overview

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

    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 amThe 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.

    James Hamill
    Bridge Strategic Partners

    12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own

    1:30 – 3:15 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.

    Gregory Jordan
    Managing Director
    U.S. Bank

    Christopher Burnham
    Development Finance Authority of Summit County

    James Snyder
    Ice Miller

    Richard Raphael
    Managing Director & Head, Public Finance
    Fitch Ratings

    Johan Rosenberg
    Blue Rose Capital Advisors

    Ron Braun
    Senior Vice President
    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.

    Greg Daniels
    Squire Patton Boggs LLP

    4:30 pmAdjourn


    8:00 – 8:30 am
    Continental 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.

    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.

    Linda Schakel
    Ballard Spahr LLP

    Jeff DeMondrun
    Vice President
    Gates Capital Corporation

    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

    12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch On Your Own

    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.

    Jeff DeMondrun
    Vice President
    Gates Capital Corporation

    Rick Palank
    Senior Vice President
    St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

    2:30 am – 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.

    3:30 pmAdjourn


    CDFA-PGAV Deal Room
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    5:00 - 7:00pm

    CDFA and PGAV will be hosting a special reception and interactive deals room during CDFA Summer School for any interested communities, businesses, or projects looking to obtain financing or advising. Eight 20-minute sessions are available to communities or project financiers looking for creative financing solutions for projects. Experts from the banking, legal, and advising fields will be on hand to review the scope of the project, discuss financing scenarios, and provide expert assistance in understanding best practices. Deals of all sizes and geographic locations are welcome! Register today to secure one the eight spots for your project!

    This Deal Room is generously sponsored by:

    CDFA Rural Project Marketplace
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    2:00 - 4:30pm

    As a special opportunity for summer school participants, CDFA will host a unique, interactive forum for rural projects and private sector investors to connect rural projects with financing and funding. Communities and small businesses interested in finding financial support for rural projects and private sector investors and other service providers interested in facilitating financing for rural development should participate. Interested financiers, funders, and technical assistance providers should contact CDFA directly at 614-705-1308 or to participate.

    Cardinals Baseball Game - SOLD OUT
    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Join CDFA for a night at the ballpark with an exclusive opportunity to watch a game in a suite at Busch Stadium on Thursday, August 13th at 6:15pm. Watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates from right alongside the first baseline. Complimentary buffet and beverages will be provided as well as transportation on the metro to and from the game. Tickets are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

    This exciting opportunity is generously sponsored by:

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    CDFA Summer School will be held at the St. Louis Union Station. Located in the center of St. Louis, this historic hotel is within walking distance to Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, Busch Stadium, and Ballpark Village.

    St. Louis Union Station
    1820 Market Street
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $169.00 (plus tax) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). Hotel rooms are available from August 9 - 14, 2015 at the reduced rate if reservations are made before July 17, 2015. 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 877-845-7354 and reference CDFA Summer School.

    >>>Reserve Your Hotel Room

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    CDFA Summer School is a week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. These courses qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for one, two, or three courses during CDFA Summer School. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program. Join us in St. Louis, MO for CDFA Summer School, and 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 June 30, 2015 for Early-Bird Rates.

    When you register for three courses during CDFA Summer School, you will receive a $200 discount off the total registration fee.

    The registration fee for the Intro Bond Finance Course is displayed below. Click the Register button to view the total fees and discounts available for CDFA Summer School.

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