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CDFA New England Conference
December 14, 2017
Boston, MA


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Join the CDFA New England Financing Roundtable on December 14, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusestts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont discussing 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 2017 CDFA New England Financing Roundtable Conference.



2017 CDFA New England Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thu 8:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration Opens
Thu 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
The CDFA New England Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the region's development finance industry. To kick off the CDFA New England Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Toby Rittner, President and CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Successful Bond Financing Strategies throughout New England
Bond financing remains a bedrock development finance tool for economic development. This session will focus on how New England’s bond and economic development agencies work together to provide capital to existing businesses and critical infrastructure. Presenters from bond agencies and capital market firms will walk through bond financing deals and explore strategies for maximizing the tool in New England.
Thu 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
Thu 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use Development
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 for major mixed-use developments. This session will explore recently financed projects in New England and outline the structuring and layered capital stacks that used sources including EB-5, tax credits, and special assessments. The panelists will showcase creative methods that can be employed for future projects in the region.
Thu 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch Session - Energy Finance: The Green Bank Model in New England
As federal and state support of clean energy development loses stability and dwindles, the development finance industry is given the task of creating financing vehicles that allow the sector to keep its momentum and scale up growth. These new opportunities have been met by public and private sector entities facilitating sound investment in new and established finance strategies that are helping New England flourish in this industry. During this session, panelists will explore the Green Bank Model for clean energy investment as well as opportunities to expand the use of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to both the commercial and residential sectors.
  • Jeffrey Diehl, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
  • Bert Hunter, Chief Investment Officer, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Brian McCarter, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions
Thu 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking Break
Thu 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Strengthening Access to Capital Programs
During this session, the Roundtable will explore the most innovative and effective strategies for evaluating the efficiency of programs and delivery of loans, guarantees, and other forms of capital to support small business investment. Presenters will discuss the benefits of leveraging public sector support for even greater private sector investment and explore a variety of programs available in the region.
Thu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Catalytic Investments for Urban Development
New England’s development finance agencies are behind some of the most proactive and catalytic investments driving urban development and renewal. The final session of the day will highlight a few project examples and discuss the impact that these projects are making in their community. Financing tools such as tax increment finance (TIF), Massachusetts’ Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), mission related investments, and predevelopment assistance strategies will be showcased as a way to drive development and neighborhood sustainability.
  • George Durante, Transformative Development Fellow, MassDevelopment
  • Jeff Miller, Executive Vice President Investment, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Thu 3:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Closing Remarks


The 2017 CDFA New England Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
New England Room
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 2017 CDFA New England Financing Roundtable 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, Presented by PFM and submit your application today.

Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $145
Non-Member: $195



Connecticut Green Bank Finance Authority of Maine MassDevelopment New Hampshire Business Finance Authority Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Vermont Economic Development Authority
For information about sponsoring the CDFA New England Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.