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CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Forecasting the Bond Market in 2017
January 24, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse
January 25-26, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

Learn More About CDFA's Free Technical Assistance for Brownfields
February 1, 2017
1:00 pm Eastern

Intro Tax Credit Finance WebCourse
February 15-16, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Online Brownfields Project Marketplace
February 24, 2017
12:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern

Intro Bond Finance WebCourse
March 1-2, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Financing Brownfields with Private Activity Bonds (PABs)
March 9, 2017
2:00 pm Eastern

Intro Incentives WebCourse
April 5-6, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00pm Eastern

CDFA Missouri Conference
St. Louis, MO
April 20, 2017

Intro Tax Increment Finance WebCourse
May 10 - 11, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm

CDFA Colorado Conference
Denver, CO
May 16, 2017

CDFA Texas Webinar: Financing Programs to Support Rural Development
May 17. 2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Eastern

CDFA Georgia Conference
Atlanta, GA
June 7, 2017

Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
June 6 - 7, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Summer School
Minneapolis, MN
August 7-11, 2017

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 7, 2017

Intro Bond Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 8-9, 2017

Intro Brownfields Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 8-9, 2017

Intro Energy & Water Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 10-11, 2017

Intro Revolving Loan Fund Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 10-11, 2017

Intro Brownfields Finance Course
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The Intro Brownfields Finance Course is the industry’s only comprehensive training curriculum that helps economic developers, policy makers and real estate professionals understand and master the financing strategies for the lifecycle of a brownfield property. During this course, attendees will walk through the entire brownfields redevelopment process from understanding the basics of brownfields and legal and regulatory challenges to unearthing the myriad financing tools available to both clean-up and build-up these contaminated or polluted sites.

Brownfields pose both perceived and real threats to the health, safety and economic future of many communities. These sites often come with lingering legal, regulatory and site control challenges on top of the underlying environmental hurdles and can become major roadblocks to economic development. Economic developers, policy makers and real estate professional from all sizes of communities are encouraged to attend to explore the financing tools available to projects as small as a gas station clean-up to larger adaptive reuse case studies of major legacy site contamination sites.

It qualifies 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 Minneapolis, and start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

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 7, 2016
Tuesday & Wednesday
August 8-9, 2016
Thursday & Friday
August 10-11, 2016

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By attending, you will:
  • Understand the basics of brownfields
  • Learn the history of contamination, brownfields development and redevelopment, and the clean-up movement
  • Examine the legal and regulatory landscape
  • Discuss barriers to clean-up, including financial, environmental, planning, site control, liability, etc.
  • Discover essential financing sources for clean-up and redevelopment, including tax credits, TIF, bonds, RLFs, and more
  • Evaluate the potential financing tools available and why they may or may not work
  • Consider build out strategies that incorporate image, community buy-in, developers, and land control
  • Discuss case studies from urban, suburban, rural, adaptive reuse, creative reuse, and historic developments
You will learn through:

  • Lecture
  • Real life case studies
  • Presentations from industry experts
Topics covered include:

  • Definitions, descriptions and terms in brownfield redevelopment
  • The basics and history of brownfield clean-up
  • Environmental, legal and regulatory barriers to clean-up and redevelopment
  • Clean-up financing programs, tools, resources and mechanism
  • Post clean-up financing methods, tools, programs and partnerships
  • Addressing misperceptions and image challenges
  • Layered financing models
  • Case studies – urban, suburban, rural, legacy, adaptive reuse and public-private partnerships
Who should attend?

  • Bond issuers
  • Economic development professionals
  • Community development professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Government and nonprofit finance officers
  • Corporate trustees
  • Legal counsel
  • Underwriters
  • Commercial bankers
  • Accountants
  • Financial advisors
  • Policy makers
Course Advisor:

Emily Moser serves as the Course Advisor for the Intro Brownfields Finance Course. Emily is a Program Manager for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), in which she manages CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, which provides financing technical assistance to brownfield redevelopment projects. The program offers free online resources via the Brownfields Financing Toolkit, a Brownfields Financing Webinar Series, and a monthly newsletter. Technical Assistance opportunities include the Brownfields Project Marketplace and on-site technical assistance offered via Project Response Teams.

Prior to joining CDFA, Emily worked for Homeport, a non-profit housing developer, where she managed the redevelopment of single family housing for a neighborhood revitalization project. Emily has a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English from Hillsdale College.

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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 amBreakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:00 amWelcome & Overview

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

Emily Moser, Course Advisor
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

9:00 – 10:15 amBrownfields 101

At the start of the Intro Brownfields Finance Course, we will introduce basic terms, discuss the various players involved in a brownfields project, and provide an overview of the clean-up and redevelopment philosophies. With an estimated 500,000+ brownfields sites in the United States, nearly every state and communities of all sizes have been effected. This session will outline some of the important economic and political benchmarks for why these sites became contaminated and explain the steps that government and industry have taken to address clean-up and establish environmental controls.

10:15 – 10:30 amBreak

10:30 am – 12:00 pmUnderstanding Brownfields Redevelopment

One of the most important steps in a successful brownfields redevelopment is knowing your remediation and financing strategies, and how the two inform each other. In fact, these strategies often work in tandem in order to see a project to completion. During this session, we will consider the necessary components of an effective redevelopment strategy. Topics covered include the players involved, identifying partners and finding developers, land control, public buy-in, and addressing the needs of the community.

12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch

1:30 – 3:00 pmBrownfields Legal and Regulatory Landscape

Understanding the legal and regulatory environment surrounding brownfields sites is critical to seeing success in the clean-up and redevelopment phases. During this session, learn about the various environmental and tax laws governing brownfields clean-up and the role that federal, state, and local governments play in the regulatory process. We will also outline some of the most common barriers to clean-up, including financing, environmental, planning, site control, and who carries the liability.

3:00 – 3:15 pmBreak

3:15 – 4:30 pmFederal Funding Sources for Brownfields

This session will focus on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for brownfields clean-up and redevelopment. A variety of federal agencies will be on-hand to discuss their programs, explain how to use them, and help you consider which financing strategies to employ given certain types of brownfields sites.


8:00 – 8:30 amBreakfast

8:30 – 8:45 amRevisiting Day One

Emily Moser, Course Advisor
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

8:45 – 10:15 am Financing Tools for Brownfields Redevelopment

Several tools exist in the development finance toolbox for brownfields redevelopment. During this session, we will consider how bonds, tax increment financing, tax credits, and loan programs can be applied to various brownfields redevelopment projects. This session will set the stage for the final phase of the course as we look at how these financing tools are layered to address the entire financing needs of a project’s capital stack.'

10:15 am – 10:30 amBreak

10:30 am – 12:00 pmState and Local Financing Strategies for Brownfields

The Intro Brownfields Finance Course will close with a showcase of how communities across the country have financed brownfields redevelopment. Several different types of projects will be presented, including urban, suburban, and rural projects, along with creative approaches for adaptive reuse, historic developments, and more. Discussion will focus on the various state and local financing resources, how the capital was assembled, and important items to consider when layering tools given the scope of the project.

12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch

1:30 – 3:30 pmBrownfields Projects in Context
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CDFA Summer School will be held at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. Located in the Gateway District, this hotel is at the center of downtown Minneapolis' most exciting new neighborhood.

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-375-1700

>>>Reserve Your Room

CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $199.00 (plus tax) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). A select number of hotel rooms are available from August 7-12, 2017 at the reduced rate if reservations are made before July 13, 2017. 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 612-375-1700 and reference CDFA Summer School.

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This course will be offered at CDFA Summer School. 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 Minneapolis, MN 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 July 14, 2017 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 each course is displayed below. Click the Register button to view the total fees and discounts available for CDFA Summer School.

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