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CDFA Arizona Conference
October 12, 2017
Tucson, AZ


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Join the CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable, in partnership with AAED and The Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima, on October 12, 2017 for a special one-day conference at Hotel Tucson City Center. 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 Arizona economy going forward.

Members of AAED are eligible for the CDFA member-rate. Plus, this event is recognized by the Economic Development Academy of Arizona as a professional development event that counts towards credit of completion of one Module 3 course. Once registered for the event, visit the AAED Academy of Arizona WebPage to register for your academy credits.

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



2017 CDFA Arizona Conference Agenda

Thursday October 12, 2017

Thu 08:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Registration Opens
Thu 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
The CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Sharon Bronson, Supervisor, Pima County, AZ
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Frank Valenzuela, Board Member, Industrial Development Authority of Pima County
  • Heath Vescovi-Chiordi, Economic Development Specialist, Town of Marana
  • Thu 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Arizona Legislative Update & Market Watch
    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. In addition, find out what development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse, and how the political environment on Capitol Hill might affect the industry in Arizona.
  • Mark Collins, Attorney, Gust Rosenfeld, PLC
  • Marcus Osborn, Government Affairs Specialist, Kutak Rock LLP
  • Mark Reader, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
  • Thu 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
    IDAs and the Latest in Bond Financing across Arizona
    Bond financing remains the bedrock development finance tool for economic development. This session will focus on the strength of industrial development authorities in Arizona. How can IDAs in Arizona play a role in economic growth in the state and what can we expect for overall trends in issuance and performance? Our panel will explore these questions along with how bond financing capacity can be maximized across the state.
  • Jay Berens, Executive Director, Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority
  • Pat Ray, Managing Member, Arizona Industrial Development Authority
  • Michael Slania, Attorney, Industrial Development Authority of Pima County
  • Thu 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    Thu 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Financing for Workforce Housing
    Arizona teachers, firefighters, nurses and other important contributors to a community's workforce are in need of affordable housing close to their jobs. Workforce housing produces a more sustainable local economy which allows workers to afford to live near their place of employment. During this session, hear how this movement is building in Arizona and learn about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing available.
  • Corky Poster, Architect and Principal Planner, Poster Frost Mirto
  • Brian Swanton, Arizona Market President, Gorman & Company, Inc.
  • Marcos Ysmael, Housing Program Manager, Pima County Housing Center
  • Thu 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
    Lunch Session - Economic Development at the Border
    Approximately $30 Billion of imports and exports cross through Arizona ports every year, making the economic development opportunities at the border, and especially in and around the ports, an important growth strategy in the state. The lunch session will survey the economic activity along the U.S. - Mexico border and look at strategies for maximizing the financing sources needed to help trade and border-related businesses thrive.
  • Teresa Bravo, Economic Development & International Projects Coordinator, Pima County
  • Speaker(s)
  • Juan Cordero, Director of Economic Development, City of Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico
  • J. Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President, Visit Tucson
  • Juan Padres, Economic Development Specialist for International Trade, City of Tucson
  • Guillermo Valencia, President, Valencia International, Inc.
  • Thu 01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
    Networking Break
    Thu 01:45 PM - 02:15 PM
    Financing Mixed-Use Development - The Latest Trends
    Mixed-use development financing solutions are increasingly sought after to complete large projects, and they often require multiple financing tools in order to be viable. This session will explore unique case studies and look at the latest trends in the Tucson region and across the state.
  • Aaron Cooper, Executive Director, International Sonoran Desert Alliance
  • Gary Molenda, President, Business Development Finance Corporation
  • Thu 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
    Access to Capital for Native Communities in Arizona
    Arizona is home to 22 sovereign American Indian communities, and they are an important economic driver in the region. Assembling capital for Native communities to invest in infrastructure, housing, and community development is a complex undertaking often requiring creative approaches. This final session of the day will look at financing programs and strategies for Native communities and consider how to leverage the available capital for even greater investment.
  • Clinton Kaasa, Business & Cooperative Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Joan Timeche, Executive Director, Native Nations Institute
  • Thu 03:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Closing Remarks


    The 2017 CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at Hotel Tucson City Center.

    Hotel Tucson City Center
    475 N Granada Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Phone: (520) 622-3000

    Parking is available in the main lot.


    To register for the 2017 CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member. Members of AAED are eligible for the CDFA member-rate.

    This event is recognized by the Economic Development Academy of Arizona as a professional development event that counts towards credit of completion of one Module 3 course. Once registered for the event, visit the AAED Academy of Arizona WebPage to register for your academy credits.

    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

    Arizona Association for Economic Development Pima IDA
    For information about sponsoring the CDFA Arizona Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.