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CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Opportunities and Advancements in Water Finance
February 21, 2017
1:00 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

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Exploring the Impact of GASB 77
March, 14, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern

2017 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Webinar
March 22. 2017
1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

2017 CDFA Michigan Financing Roundtable Webinar
March 23, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

CDFA Texas Conference
Dallas, TX
April 5, 2017

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

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Is There a New Markets Tax Credit Surplus?
April 18, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern

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

CDFA South Carolina Conference
Columbia, SC
April 25, 2017

CDFA Illinois Conference
Chicago, IL
May 2, 2017

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

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 7 - 8, 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

CDFA Ohio Conference
Columbus, OH
September 7, 2017

CDFA Florida Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 28, 2017

CDFA National Development Finance Summit
Atlanta, GA
November 15 - 17, 2017

Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse
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 NW Financial Group, LLC Squire Patton Boggs Stern Brothers & Co. Stifel Nicolaus S.B. Friedman & Company U.S. Bank Wells Fargo Securities Wilmington Trust
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The Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse examines the basic statutes and regulations governing the EB-5 Program. Topics covered include direct EB-5 vs. EB-5 Regional Center programs, minimum investment requirements, securities regulations, and business plans and economic reports. Plus several case study examples will be discussed to showcase the variety of economic development projects that can benefit from this form of capital.

The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Globalization has spurred an unprecedented rise in wealth overseas, as well as increased the speed of capital between nations. By building immigration benefits into investment incentives, the EB-5 Program provides a welcome avenue for overseas wealth to be delivered to the U.S. economy – tapping into new opportunities and opening a new frontier of development finance programs.

Join CDFA and its strategic partner, Invest In the USA (IIUSA), for a two-day WebCourse designed for all levels of expertise. IIUSA, the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, has brought together a diverse panel of EB-5 experts to review the various aspects of this interdisciplinary program. Attendees should be prepared for an in-depth look at the basic requirements of the EB-5 Program and its components on the first day, followed by a more practical focus and “big picture” analysis on the second day.

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.

By attending, you will:
  • Learn the basics of the EB-5 Program
  • Understand the many components to the EB-5 industry
  • Review various successful business models
  • Study industry best practices
  • Get access to the latest EB-5 data and statistics
  • Discuss the latest trends and developments
  • Hear first-hand reports on advocacy efforts
  • Know what to take into account when considering utilization of EB-5
You will learn through:

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

  • Overview of EB-5 statutes, regulations, and administrative policies
  • Jobs requirements related to EB-5 investments
  • EB-5 immigration law and process
  • Applicable securities laws
  • Recruiting investors
  • Working with regional centers
  • Various investment models, including equity and loans
  • Case studies of economic development projects that have used EB-5
  • Domestic and international EB-5 data and statistics
  • Legislative and federal updates related to EB-5
Who should attend?

  • EB-5 practitioners
  • Regional Center managers and operators
  • 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:

Peter D. Joseph serves as the Course Advisor for the Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse. Peter D. Joseph has served as Executive Director of the Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA) – the not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Economic Development Program (the “Program”) - since December 2010. He oversees all day-to-day operations of IIUSA and its efforts to make the Program a permanent and effective tool of economic development in US public policy. He is a passionate advocate of the Program and effective leader, having overseen a long period of organizational growth to match that of the Program. IIUSA continues to be the voice of the Program and industry as a whole through effective representation in public and government affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the EB-5 Program from a macro perspective.

Prior to his position Executive Director, Mr. Joseph oversaw IIUSA’s administrative affairs since February 2008 – after years of substantive experience in the legal and private sectors of the Program. Mr. Joseph studied Social Studies and Spanish at Ithaca College for his Bachelor’s degree and received his Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies from DePaul University in November 2012. He is an active member in the American Society of Association Executives and Chicago Council of Global Affairs.

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


12:00 – 12:30 pmWelcome & Overview

Welcome to the Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse. During this time, we will introduce CDFA and IIUSA, explain how to use the online software, and discuss the framework for the two-day course.

12:30 – 1:15 pmEB-5 Basics

The EB-5 Program has a robust history dating back over 20 years. This first session will explore the origins of the program and development of governing public policy and administrative procedures. Basic terms and structures will be introduced.

1:15 – 2:00 pmUnderstanding EB-5 Immigration Laws

The immigration laws surrounding the EB-5 Program are multi-faceted and complex. During this session, we will explain the various forms that are used within the program, including DS-230, I-485, I-526, I-829, I-924, and I-924A. In addition, the purpose of each form and their functions within the program will be explained.

2:00 – 2:15 pmBreak

2:15 – 3:30 pmUnderstanding EB-5 Securities Laws

EB-5 investment opportunities must be offered in compliance with U.S. securities laws. This session will discuss in detail Regulation D and S, broker/dealer vs. finder’s issues, and the unique risks associated with EB-5 investments.

3:30 – 3:45 pmBreak

3:45 – 5:00 pmFinding Investors

One of the first steps to successfully using EB-5 as a form of financing is identifying potential investors. During this session, learn about industry best practices for building credible relationships with overseas partners and develop a better understanding of the motivations behind investors’ decisions to put their personal wealth and immigration status at risk to move to the U.S.

5:00 pmAdjourn


12:00 – 12:15 pmRevisiting Day One

The first day of the Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse looked at the basics of the EB-5 Program and the various laws and policies governing its use. 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 the program including deal structuring, working with regional centers, and understanding EB-5 trends and statistics.

12:15 – 2:00 pmWorking with Regional Centers

Working with Regional Centers is critical to accessing EB-5 investments. This session will focus on various ownership and administration models for Regional Centers, ranging from public ownership-administration to public-private partnerships to purely privately owned-operated. We will outline the different models and how each works in practice.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 4:00 pm

EB-5 as a Component of the Capital Stack

Financing economic development projects requires a careful structuring of several sources, often including bonds, tax credits, loan funds, and other sources. As EB-5 becomes a more prevalent financing source, understanding how this investment works within the overall capital stack is critical to seeing a project move forward. This session will explain various structures using EB-5, look at how to balance equity vs. loan models, and how the jobs requirement fits into the overall planning process.

4:00 – 5:00 pmCase Studies: When Things Go Right…and When They Go Wrong

Investments succeed and fail every day. When a project using EB-5 investments is realized, foreign investors receive immigration benefits and financial dividends, U.S. businesses grow, and U.S. jobs are created. When things go wrong, the ripple effect is equally powerful. This session will review both sides of the story and provide some case study examples of projects across the country.

5:00 pmAdjourn
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The Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

CDFA permits only one person to login and participate in the course. If multiple people are accessing the course without paying to attend, we will terminate your connection and access to GoToWebinar. CDFA offers group discounts for organizations that wish to register multiple people.

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