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Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
August 3-4, 2020
Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

-Overview

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The Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course helps attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.

The Fundamentals Course is based on CDFA's Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance, the only comprehensive reference guide dedicated to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox. The Practitioner’s Guide provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies and techniques used to build strong communities.

All courses at CDFA Virtual Summer School qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for one, two, three, or four courses during this two-week-long event. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program. Join us online, and start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

The schedule for CDFA Virtual Summer School is outlined below. Click on the course name to learn more about the topic and agenda:

CDFA Virtual Summer School: Week 1 Course Schedule

Monday & Tuesday
August 3-4, 2020
Wednesday & Thursday
August 5-6, 2020


CDFA Virtual Summer School: Week 2 Course Schedule

Monday & Tuesday
August 10-11, 2020
Wednesday & Thursday
August 12-13, 2020


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Course Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of development finance
  • Interact with leading development finance professionals from around the country
  • Discuss best practices and case studies that can be implemented in your community
  • Gain a greater understanding of the diversity of development finance tools
  • Establish a foundation for attending future in-depth financing courses
  • Receive a copy of the Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance

Topics Covered

  • Understanding development finance
  • The financing spectrum
  • Building the development finance toolbox
  • Bedrock tools: bonds and the basics of public finance
  • Targeted tools: tax increment and special district financing
  • Investment tools: tax credits, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
  • Access to capital lending tools: revolving loan and mezzanine funds, loan guarantee, innovation finance and microenterprise programs
  • Support tools: federal, state, incentive and grants programs
  • Implementing the toolbox approach
  • Trends in development finance
  • Development finance challenges and policy considerations

Who Should Attend?

  • Bond Issuers
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Community Development Professionals
  • Broker/Dealers and Underwriters
  • Elected Officials
  • Government and Nonprofit Finance Officers
  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Financial Advisors
  • Policy Makers

Course Advisor

Toby Rittner Toby Rittner
Council of Development Finance Agencies
President & CEO
Toby Rittner is the President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most... (More)

-Agenda

Monday, August 3, 2020

Mon 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Welcome & Overview
Welcome participants, introduce CDFA and set the stage for the course
Mon 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Understanding Development Finance & the Toolbox Approach
This session will set the stage for attendees to build their core knowledge base of the roots and basic principles of development finance. Attendees will also learn about the fundamentals and concepts of building a comprehensive financing strategy.
Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bedrock Tools
Bonds are the bedrock of development finance and are the cornerstone of most development finance projects. This session will address the basics of bond finance including the various types of bonds, what they can finance, how they are issued and important legal elements to be considered
Mon 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Break
Mon 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Targeted Tools
Targeted financing programs are the most popular form of development finance. Attendees will learn the basics of several financing tools including tax increment financing, special improvement districts/business improvement districts, special assessment districts, and tax abatements as well as how they can be used to meet economic development goals and objectives.
Mon 5:00 PM
Adjourn

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tue 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Investment Tools
In this session, attendees will learn about the investment tools available for catalyzing job growth, real estate development, community revitalization and entrepreneurial development. Presentations will cover several highly successful federal tax credit programs and how to effectively apply these programs to development opportunities. Speakers will also cover the new Opportunity Zones program that emerged as a new catalyst for supporting localized economic development investment efforts.
Tue 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Break
Tue 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Access to Capital Tools
Important components in any development finance toolbox are tools that address access to capital concerns such as revolving loan funds, mezzanine finance, credit enhancement models, linked deposit programs, and loan guarantee programs. Furthermore, the use of innovation finance mechanisms such as seed, venture and angel funds for encouraging local growth will be discussed by the speakers in this session.
Tue 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Federal Support Tools
The next session of the Fundamentals WebCourse will demonstrate the power of federal support tools and present the multitude of programs that exist within the various federal agencies. Attendees will learn about these programs and how to effectively apply them to development opportunities.
Tue 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Implementing the Development Finance Toolbox
Development finance agencies throughout the country are implementing the toolbox approach. This final session of the course will focus on case study examples of successful agencies utilizing the toolbox model and strategies for putting the toolbox in place at your agency.
Tue 5:00 PM
Adjourn

-Location


CDFA Virtual Summer School will meet each day from 12:00-5:00 pm (Eastern) online. You must have access to a computer and phone to attend.

-Registration

This course will be offered at CDFA Virtual Summer School, a 2- week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. Participants may register for one, two, three, or four courses during CDFA Virtual Summer School.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.

When you register for four courses during CDFA Summer School, you will receive a $100 discount off the total registration fee.

Click the Register button to view the total fees and discounts available for CDFA Virtual Summer School.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $300
Non-Member: $450


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CDFA National Sponsors

  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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