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Join CDFA and Business Oregon for the third annual CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable on October 15, 2015. This one-day event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing new development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these methods can affect the Oregon economy going forward. 

CDFA is thankful to have the support of Business Oregon as a partner and the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) as an endorser to host this specialized initiative for the economic development and project finance professionals in Oregon. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown Hotel and is supported by dozens of the commonwealth's finest development finance leaders. Register today to reserve your spot at the 2015 CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Conference.



The agenda is subject to change. Check this page regularly for confirmed speakers and other updates.

8:30 amRegistration Opens

9:00 - 9:15 amWelcoming Remarks

The CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the third annual CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA Vice President Katie Kramer will deliver welcoming remarks.


Katie Kramer
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

9:15 - 9:50 amCrowdfunding Takes Shape in Oregon

While only 5% of all crowdfunding nationally is equity-based, new Oregon rules have made securities crowdfunding investments easier for the entrepreneur and more attainable for investors. It is quickly becoming a new tool to stimulate communities and raise more money faster from a larger audience. Join panelists in this session for a discussion about the latest in crowdfunding efforts, including the strengths and challenges that exist, and whether development financing agencies have a role to play.


Noah Brockman
Oregon SBDC Network Capital Access Team Lead
PCC Small Business Development Center

Amy Pearl
Founder & Executive Director
Hatch Innovation

9:50 - 10:00 amBus Loading for Mobile Tour

10:00 am - 12:00 pmOregon Economic Development Mobile Tour

The discussion will continue on a tour of development projects that are driving the economy in Oregon coordinated by the Portland Development Commission (PDC). Attendees will visit the Broadway Corridor using the Portland light rail, locally called MAX. This area was identified in the City of Portland’s Central City 2035 West Quadrant Plan as a key opportunity site for high-density employment and signature city attractions, connecting the Old Town/Chinatown and Pearl District neighborhoods. The Broadway Corridor has an area of approximately 24 acres and includes Union Station – Portland’s most multi-modal transportation hub. Historic Union Station is an active Amtrak passenger rail terminal, and PDC aims to further activate the station as a gateway to the city and surrounding neighborhood. During this exciting tour, you will visit the a newly renovated Post Office Building obtained from the federal government and converted into an expansion for the 116 year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art walk around the corridor and hear from PDC staff and their area partner PNCA about completed catalytic projects and the framework for further redevelopment.


Lisa Abuaf
Central City Manager
Portland Development Commission

Bruce Wood
Real Estate & Construction Services Manager
Portland Development Commission

Gus Baum
Director of Institutional Research & Planning
Pacific Northwest College of Art

12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch- Infrastructure Finance for a Sustainable Future

Just as infrastructure development acts as a catalyst for economic growth, it is also changing the landscape for potential investors and the expanding field of infrastructure finance. Infrastructure systems for transportation, utilities, and public works are essential for economic growth and have quickly developed into an emerging alternative asset class. This session will be an opportunity to look at ways to leverage resources to finance infrastructure projects.


Jonathan Trutt
Program Manager
West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

1:00 - 2:30 pmFinancing Improvements for Energy Efficiency

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is being implemented by communities across the nation as a powerful tool to drive the installation of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems. Experts will discuss what this financing mechanism entails and how it operates.


Shelly Haack
Business Opportunity Officer
Portland Development Commission

Sam Baraso
Senior Policy Analyst
Multnomah County

Sam Walker
Senior Commercial Project Manager
Energy Trust of Oregon

2:30 - 2:45 pmNetworking Break

2:45 - 4:00 pmSmall Business Financing Solutions in Oregon

Oregon’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, it will showcase a variety of small business financing solutions and explore how they work for different types of businesses.


Jennifer Fern
VP & Senior SBA Specialist

Kedma Ough
Director of Small Business Development Center
Mt. Hood Community College

3:30 pmClosing Remarks


Katie Kramer
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

3:30 - 4:30 pmCDFA Excellence Awards Presentation & Networking Reception

The CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable is as much about education as it is about networking and engagement. Stay after the conference to honor our award winners for the CDFA Oregon Roundtable Excellence Awards while enjoying drinks with fellow colleagues, sponsors and CDFA staff.


The 2015 CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the Embassy Suites in Portland.

Embassy Suites Portland Downtown Hotel
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-279-9000


From the Airport:
Airport way to I-205 S. Go 3 miles to I-84 West. Go 6 miles and take the Portland exit. Follow City Center signs, stay in right lane and go over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at the first light onto 2nd Avenue. Go 4 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block to 3rd and turn left. Go 1 block to Pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right-hand side.

From the North:
I-5 South to exit 302A (Rose Quarter). Follow City Center signs over the Broadway Bridge. Stay in the left lane, this will put you onto Broadway. Go 8 blocks to Burnside and turn left. Go 4 blocks to 3rd and turn right. Go 2 blocks to Pine and turn right. The hotel is on the right hand side.

From the South:

I-5 North. Stay in the Center lane when approaching the City, and take the Exit 1A Naito Parkway. Turn right onto Naito Parkway. Go 13 blocks to Pine Street. Turn left onto Pine Street. Go up 3 blocks and the Hotel Entrance will be on your right hand side.

From the East:

I-84 West. Follow the City Center signs over the Morrison Bridge. Turn right at the first stop light onto 2nd Avenue. Go 4 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block and turn left. Go 1 block to pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right hand side.

From the West:
Hwy 26 East. Follow Market Street signs (center land). Take Market Street all the way to 2nd. Turn left onto 2nd. Go approximately 14 blocks to Ash Street and turn left. Go 1 block to 3rd and turn left. Go 1 block to Pine and turn right. The hotel entrance will be on the right hand side.


Self parking is is located on 4th Avenue, between Oak and Pine Street for $5 with event voucher.


Registration rates vary depending on whether you are a CDFA member or non-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: $125
Non-Member: $175

CDFA would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring the 2015 CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Conference.

For information about sponsoring the CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement or contact CDFA.