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Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England (2019)
October 22, 2019
Boston, MA


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Join CDFA for the Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments conference in New England on October 22, 2019 for a special one-day event hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont discussing Opportunity Zones and the development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the New England economies going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England conference.



Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England -Agenda (2019)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tue 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Breakfast & Registration
Tue 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
The CDFA New England Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the region’s development finance industry. To kick off the first CDFA New England Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Opportunity Zones Fundamentals & The Latest Updates in New England
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.
Tue 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Networking Break
Tue 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Where are Opportunity Zones? Perspectives from State & Local Agencies
Opportunity Zones have been designated in numerous distressed communities throughout the country. During this session, leaders of state and local agencies will discuss the demographics of their Opportunity Zones and how they are aligning their designations with economic development and financing strategies. Participants will hear from different perspectives, including urban, suburban, and rural, and will learn about how Opportunity Zones strategies are taking shape across the country.
  • Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • James Key-Wallace, Executive Director, New Hampshire Business Finance Authority
Tue 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Luncheon Session: Developing a Local Opportunity Zones Strategy
During this session, a panel of experts will walk through best practices in building an asset map and outreach plan when developing your community’s local Opportunity Zone strategy. This plan will also include business development and real estate strategies and outline how to identify potential investors given local opportunities.
Tue 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Opportunity Funds to Support Rural Development
Urban communities are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. New England is filled with rural communities and small towns that are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique development financing challenges and needs as many communities have experienced significant disinvestment leading to failing infrastructure. The Opportunity Zones incentive, along with a number of other creative and important financing tools exist to assist rural and small-town development, and this session speakers will explore the cutting-edge strategies driving rural development throughout the region.
Tue 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Networking Break
Tue 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Energy Financing in Opportunity Zones
Developers are eager to expand the usage of renewable energy in the New England region, and the Opportunity Zones incentive offers a viable tool to support renewable energy projects. Listen as this panel discusses how PACE, bond financing, and state and federal tax credits can be layered with Opportunity Fund equity to support clean energy projects.
Tue 3:30 PM


The Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England conference will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Connolly Center
4th Floor
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Parking and Visitor Information

Important Security Information
All registrants will be required to provide either a valid drivers license or passport in order to enter the bank. The name on the ID must match the name in CDFA's registration database. Registrants will also be asked to go through a metal detector and have their bags screened. Last minute registrants may require additional security screening since your name won't be pre-approved. Please register 2-3 days before the conference to assist CDFA with the security requirements.


To register for the Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England 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: $175
Non-Member: $225


Roundtable Partner

Connecticut Green Bank Finance Authority of Maine MassDevelopment New Hampshire Business Finance Authority Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Vermont Economic Development Authority

Premium Sponsor

McCarter & English, LLP

For information about sponsoring the Catalyzing Opportunity Zone Investments in New England conference, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.