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CDFA Illinois Conference
May 24, 2018
Chicago, IL


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Join the CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable on May 24, 2018 for a special one-day conference hosted at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing tax reform, public private partnerships, interest rates and more, and how these can affect the Illinois economy going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the 2018 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference.



2018 CDFA Illinois Conference Agenda

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Wed 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The Changing PACE Forefront: New Legislation for PACE Financings in Illinois
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 525 West Monroe Street 19th Floor Chicago, IL 60661
Katten Muchin Rosenman partners, along with special guest from the Illinois Finance Authority and Inland Green Capital LLC, will discuss the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing structure and the status of amendments to the Illinois PACE statute designed to kick start commercial PACE financings in the state.
  • Brad Fletcher, Assistant Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority
  • Michael G. Melzer, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Mark Pikus, President, Inland Green Capital LLC
  • Thursday May 24, 2018

    Thu 08:30 AM - 08:30 AM
    Registration Opens
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP 233 S. Wacker Drive Suite 8000 Chicago, IL 60606 
    Thu 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
    Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
    The CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the annual CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Steven R. Meier, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Thu 09:15 AM - 10:30 AM
    State Programs & Legislative Update
    Industry experts from around the state will discuss the latest development finance legislation and their potential effects on the economic development industry. This session will feature a discussion on the new tax law, its implications on development finance, with a special focus on Opportunity Zones and their potential impact in underserved communities.
  • Adam Blair, Senior Analyst, Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
  • Mischa Fisher, Advisor to the Governor, Bruce Rauner & Chief Economist, State of Illinois
  • Stanley Luboff, Vice President of Loans and Guarantees, Illinois Finance Authority
  • Sean McCarthy, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Victor Narusis, Deputy Director of Business Development, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
  • Thu 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Dynamics Impacting Today’s Interest Rates
    What dynamics are impacting today’s interest rates? What trends are economists, bankers and other professionals experiencing throughout the state? Join industry experts and top development finance leaders as the Roundtable discusses the underlying forces impacting today’s rates.
  • John Piemonte, Municipal Advisor, Ehlers, Inc.
  • Speaker(s)
  • Craig Elder, Director, Senior Fixed Income Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
  • Kevin R. Holme, Managing Director, MB Financial Bank, NA
  • Michael Miller, Associate Professor, DePaul University
  • Thu 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    Thu 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Marketing Deals Effectively
    At the Illinois Roundtable, we routinely discuss the financing mechanisms behind successful development projects. A less-commonly discussed component of this process is how to market effectively. When a company is deciding on a location, incentives alone don’t always move the needle; marketing plays a large role. During this session, we will discuss thoughts and perspectives from the marketing side of development finance projects.
  • Mark S. Peterson, President & CEO, Intersect Illinois
  • Thu 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
    Luncheon Session: The State of Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure in Illinois
    Just as infrastructure development acts as a catalyst for economic growth, it is also changing the landscape for potential investors and the expanding field of infrastructure finance. As budgets are stretched and new rules are created, it can be difficult to pull together funding for necessary infrastructure improvements and community facilities. Join industry experts from around Illinois as they present case studies and explore proven approaches for implementing a successful P3 project.
  • Jeffrey Lewis, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  • Thomas Mulvihill, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Johan Rosenberg, Chairman, Blue Rose Capital Advisors, Inc.
  • Thu 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
    The Latest on Tax Increment Financing in Illinois
    TIF is perennially one of the nation’s most effective and popular development finance tools, but also one of its most misunderstood and controversial. The types of projects that TIF supports in Illinois are diverse, making TIF a very flexible financing tool. During this session, speakers will discuss the findings of the TIF Reform Task Force, interactions between cities and other taxing bodies when putting together a TIF district, as well as explore creative ways to maximize this tool going forward.
  • Adam Stroud, Project Planner, Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc.
  • Speaker(s)
  • Thomas Henderson, Executive Director, Illinois Tax Increment Association
  • Herb Klein, President, Jacob & Klein; Economic Development Group
  • Fran Rood, Senior Vice President, SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • -Location

    Pre-Conference Reception:

    The 2018 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference Reception will take place at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on May 23 at 5:00 pm.

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
    525 W. Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL 60661
    Phone: 312-902-5200

    A parking garage is located behind the building on Clinton Street. Another garage is located across the street on Monroe.


    The 2018 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP on May 24 at 9:30 am.

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    233 S. Wacker Drive
    Suite 8000
    Chicago, IL 60606

    Tower Self Park
    211 W. Adams  
    Additional entrance on Franklin
    Contact 312-782-5570 for information and rates
    Getting to Seyfarth Shaw in Willis T
    Enter from either Franklin Street or Wacker Drive entrances.  Please note that due to construction, the Wacker Drive entrance is via Adams Street.
    Proceed to security desk with valid Photo ID to receive a visitor pass. You will be directed to the visitor’s security entrance. To proceed to the 80th Floor:

    -Follow the signage to the 66-102 elevator bank

    -Proceed to the 66th floor Sky Lobby

    -Follow the signage to the 66-81 elevator bank

    -Proceed to the 80th floor


    To register for the 2018 CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

    Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.
    Standard Rates
    CDFA Member: $145
    Non-Member: $195


    Roundtable Partner

    Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Illinois Finance Authority

    Venue Sponsor

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Principal Sponsor

    Ehlers Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Premium Sponsor

    Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets MB Financial Bank, NA Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. SB Friedman Development Advisors

    Supporting Sponsor

    Illinois Tax Increment Association Jacob & Klein Ltd. Reyes Kurson

    Reception Sponsor

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    For information about sponsoring the CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.