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CDFA Maryland Conference
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Baltimore, MD


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Join the CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable for the first annual conference on October 11, 2016. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Maryland economy going forward.

The conference will take place at the offices of World Trade Center Tower in Baltimore and is supported by dozens of the state's finest development finance leaders. Register today to reserve your spot at the 2016 CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference.



8:30 amRegistration Opens

9:00 - 9:30 amWelcome & Overview of the Development Finance Industry

The CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable is dedicated to developing a sustainable economic development finance industry for the state of Maryland. The Roundtable beings together development finance leaders from around the state to educate participants on important news and research from the field. Join CDFA in an overview of the roots and basic principles of the development finance industry with a discussion on the concepts behind building a comprehensive financing strategy. The 2016 Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference marks the first annual event in the state.


Emily Moser
Brownfields Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Greg Cole
Program Director
Council of Development Finance Agencies

9:30 - 10:00 amLegislative Outlook from Annapolis

What development finance topics are being discussed on the state and federal levels? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry? This session will feature a discussion on the latest from Annapolis and Washington, DC.


Odette Ramos
Executive Director
Community Development Network of Maryland

Greg Cole
Program Director
Maryland Department of Commerce

10:00 - 11:00 amBonds as a Bedrock of Development Finance

Bond financing remains the bedrock development finance tool for economic development. This session will focus on how this long-standing tool can be used today to provide a significant portion of a project’s capital stack. Presenters from bond agencies and capital market firms will walk through bond financing deals and explore strategies for maximizing the tool in Maryland.


Kevin Quinn
Wye River Group

Jeff Wilke
Assistant Director
Maryland Economic Development Corporation

Clinton Randolph
McGuire Woods LLP

11:00 - 11:15 amNetworking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pmTargeted Financing Strategies

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Special Assessment Districts have become powerful financing mechanisms which are available to help communities concentrate development opportunities into targeted locations. Within this session, presenters will discuss the latest on TIF in Maryland and share their experience using these tools to catalyze public improvements that spur private investment.


Anita Morrison
Partners for Economic Solutions

Alan Sun
McGuire Woods LLP

Steve Kraus
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Baltimore

12:15 - 1:30 pmLunch Session: Keynote from Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill

1:30 - 1:45 pmNetworking Break

1:45 - 2:45 pmAccess to Capital for Small Businesses

Maryland’s small businesses are essential to the state’s well-being, but often times overlooked and underutilized in many economic growth strategies and financing programs. This session will focus on how small businesses are financed and the various access to capital challenges they face. In addition, speakers will showcase a variety of small business financing solutions and explore how they work for different types of businesses.


Lauren Burnhill
One Planet Ventures


Shelly Gross-Wade
President & CEO
Prince George's Financial Service Corporation

Greg Cole
Program Director
Maryland Department of Commerce

Michael Haloskey
Director of Small Business Lending
Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

2:45 - 3:00 pmNetworking Break

3:00 - 4:00 pmThe Latest on P3 in Maryland

New public-private partnership (P3) deals in Maryland have expanded the infrastructure investment in state. While P3s can be a powerful development finance tool, practitioners must use great care in structuring and pricing projects appropriately. During this session, presenters will examine the latest P3 projects in the state, how to broker successful P3s, and the opportunities for making the most of this financing tool.


Jodie Misiak
Senior Advisor & Implementation Project Manager
The Build America Bureau
U.S. Department of Transportation


Steve Park
Ballard Spahr LLP

Melissa Messina
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Tom Halloran
Purple Line Program Control Manager
Maryland Transit Administration

4:00 pmThe Future of Development Finance in Maryland

There are hundreds of resources in the development finance toolbox, yet economic developers continue to rely on a select few. As we wrap up the 2016 Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference, attendees will get a brief overview of the resources, tools, strategies and opportunities for supporting development finance in the state.

4:00 - 5:00 pm2016 Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference Reception


The 2016 CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference will take place in the Maryland Room on the 21st Floor of the World Trade Center Tower in Baltimore.

World Trade Center Baltimore
401 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-385-4720


From the North:
Via I-95 South: Follow I-95 South through Fort McHenry Tunnel (toll) to exit 52 (I-95 North Downtown). After exiting, bear left, following signs to Inner Harbor. Continue in the left or center lane. At the third light make a right onto Pratt Street. Follow Pratt Street four (4) blocks to the Inner Harbor, which is on your right.

Via I-83: Follow I-83 South to the merger of I-83 South and I-695 West. Continue on I-695 West/I-83 South about one (1) mile to Exit 23A (I-83 South, Downtown). Proceed on I-83 South until the expressway ends at Exit 1 (Fayette Street), at which point becomes President Street. At the next light, Lombard Street, turn right. Follow Lombard Street six blocks to light Street. Turn left onto Light Street and travel one (1) block to Pratt Street. Turn left onto Pratt Street. The Inner Harbor is on the right.

From the South:
Via I-95: Follow I-95 North to Exit 53 (I-395) North, Downtown. Continue in the left center lane. At the third light make a right onto Pratt Street. It will be four (4) blocks to the Inner Harbor, which will be on your right.

From the West:
Via I-70 East: Take I-70 East to Exit 91 (I-695, Glen Burnie). Take I-695 to Exit 11A (I-95 North Baltimore). Proceed on I-95 North to Exit 53 (I-395 North, Downtown). Continue in the left or center lane. At the third light make a right onto Pratt Street. Follow Pratt Street four (4) blocks on the Inner Harbor, which will be on your right.

From the East:
Take Route 50 to Route 97. Traveling North on Route 97, follow signs to Baltimore. Continuing on Route 97 to I-695. Take I-695 West to I-95. Turn North following signs to Baltimore on I-95 to Exit 53 (I-395 North Downtown). Continue in the left or center lane. At the third light, make a right onto Pratt Street. Follow Pratt Street four (4) blocks to the Inner Harbor, which willl be on your right.


Approximately 150+/- parking spaces are available at 400 East Pratt Street directly across the street from the World Trade Center Tower. Numerous additional public parking facilities along Pratt Street and the surrounding area are available at market rates.

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To register for the 2016 CDFA Maryland 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, Presented by PFM and submit your application today.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $145
Non-Member: $195

CDFA would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring the 2016 CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference.

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