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CDFA Texas Conference
April 5, 2017
Dallas, TX


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Join the CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable, in partnership with TEDC, on April 5, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at the Dallas County Community College District. 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 Texas economy going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the 2017 CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Conference.



2017 CDFA Texas Conference Agenda

Wednesday April 05, 2017

Wed 08:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Registration Opens
Wed 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
The CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA President & CEO Toby Rittner will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Wed 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Texas Economy Market Watch
    How is Texas’ economy fairing? What economic development trends are economists, bankers and other professionals experiencing throughout the state? Join industry experts and top development finance leaders as the Roundtable discusses the state’s economic development finance climate, access to capital opportunities and the prospect for economic advancement.
  • Mark Hays, Vice Chacellor of Workforce and Economic Development, Dallas County Community College District
  • Daniel Sanabria, Senior Economist, Comerica Bank
  • Wed 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
    State Programs and Legislative Update
    This session will feature a discussion on the latest legislative updates, alongside a variety of financing programs available from the state. What development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry?
  • Carlton Schwab, President & Chief Executive Officer, Texas Economic Development Council
  • Wed 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Networking Break
    Wed 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Bonds 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 with a special focus on bond financing programs in Texas. Presenters from bond agencies and capital market firms will walk through bond deals and explore strategies for maximizing the tool throughout the state.
  • Seth Crone, Vice President of Client & Business Development, The Bank of New York Mellon
  • Lee McCormick, President, Community Development Associates, LLC
  • Wed 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
    Lunch Session: Financing Programs to Support Rural Development
    Urban communities like Austin and Dallas are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Texas 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 such as downtown revitalization, food systems, infrastructure and energy finance. A number of creative and important financing tools exist to assist rural and small town development, and this session will explore the cutting-edge strategies driving development in the state, and how to access them.
  • Doug Dowler, Executive Director, Mathis Economic Development Corporation
  • Allen Lambright, Area Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Rick Rhodes, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Wed 01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
    Networking Break
    Wed 01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
    Creative Financing Strategies in Texas
    Unique development financing solutions are increasingly sought after to complete projects of all sizes, and it is often necessary to find creative approaches that involve combining multiple financing tools. This session will explore recently financed projects in Texas and outline the structuring and layered capital stacks with a focus on the creative methods that can be employed for future projects.
  • Roy Alston, Manager, The Valued Advisor Fund, LLC
  • David Hawes, Senior Partner, Hawes Hill Calderon LLP
  • Sue Hounsel, Senior Coordinator, City of Dallas
  • Anthony Michael, Project Manager, AngelouEconomics
  • Wed 03:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Closing Remarks
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • -Location

    The 2017 CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the Dallas County Community College District.

    Dallas County Community College District
    Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development
    1402 N Corinth St Road
    Dallas, TX 75215
    Phone: 214-860-5900

    A parking garage is attached to the Bill J. Priest building.


    To register for the 2017 CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

    TEDC members may attend the 2017 CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Conference using the CDFA member rate. Please indicate that you are a TEDC member in the "Comments/Questions" box during registration.

    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


    Roundtable Partner

    Texas Economic Development Council

    Premium Sponsor

    Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

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