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Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course
November 15, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Alaska Industrial Development and Export AuthorityBaker Tilly Virchow KrauseBallard Spahr LLPBNY MellonBricker & Eckler LLPBryan Cave LLPBusiness OregonCohnReznickFBT Project Finance Advisors LLCFrost Brown Todd, LLCHawkins Delafield & Wood LLPIce Miller LLPKeyBanc Capital MarketsKutak Rock LLPMB Financial Bank, NAMcCarter & English, LLPMcGuireWoodsMiles & Stockbridge P.C.NW Financial Group, LLCSB Friedman Development AdvisorsSquire Patton BoggsStern Brothers & Co.Stifel NicolausU.S. BankWells Fargo SecuritiesWilmington TrustZ. The Bond Buyer


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CDFA's Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course builds upon CDFA's Intro TIF Course by focusing more concretely on structuring the deal and developing short- and long-term policies. You will also learn about performance monitoring, feasibility analysis and using TIF in conjunction with other development finance tools.

This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

2017 National Development Finance Summit

This year, the Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course will be held in conjunction with the 2017 CDFA National Development Finance Summit which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDFA National Summit brings together the leaders and dealmakers in the development finance industry to discuss best practices, trends, and project financing solutions.

The CDFA National Summit is a dealmaking event at its core with a program built to encourage networking and individualized learning about all types of development finance tools and programs. At the CDFA National Summit, you will meet industry experts, connect with financing, learn about the latest approaches, and discover development finance solutions to bring to your local community.


Course Objectives

  • Gain a greater understanding of the complexity of TIF projects
  • Break down and evaluate complex TIF concepts and project pro-formas
  • Review common components of model state TIF statutes
  • Examine critical TIF public policy elements for ensuring maximum program success
  • Understand the typical challenges faced when managing and monitoring active TIF districts
  • Discuss your TIF projects with industry experts
  • Receive a copy of CDFA's Advanced Tax Increment Finance Reference Guide

Topics Covered

  • Model Policies, Guidelines & Procedures
  • Understanding Your TIF Statute
  • TIF Process From A to Z
  • Assessing Project Feasibility
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Managing Active TIF Districts
  • Maximizing TIF By Combining Tools

Who Should Attend?

  • Bond issuers
  • Economic development professionals
  • Community development professionals
  • Broker, dealers and underwriters
  • Elected officials
  • Government and nonprofit finance officers
  • Corporate trustees
  • Legal counsel
  • Underwriters
  • Commercial bankers
  • Accountants

Course Advisor


Tuesday November 14, 2017

Tue 07:30 AM - 08:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration
Welcome participants, introduce CDFA and set the stage for the course.
Tue 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Understanding You TIF Statute
Understanding your state’s TIF statute is essential to mastering the use of TIF as an economic development finance tool. We’ll look at common components of model TIF statutes from a variety of states. In addition, we’ll discuss issues related to the political process and recommended practices for formulating or revising a TIF statute.
Tue 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Model TIF Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures
Ideally, TIF policies should be proactive but flexible. This session will cover the process of establishing a sound TIF policy and typical elements of effective guidelines and procedures. We’ll discuss what should and shouldn’t be included in TIF guidelines, consequences of not following guidelines, and issues related to transparency, due diligence and accountability.
Tue 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Tue 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
TIF Feasibility Analysis and Underwriting
This session will cover three distinct but related elements of project feasibility and underwriting: a) Reviewing real estate market feasibility of a proposed TIF-funded project; b) Developing sound, conservative TIF revenue projections for use in sizing and structuring the transaction; and c) Assessment of the project “financing gap” to determine how much TIF is needed, and what deal structure is most appropriate. Speakers will discuss the technical issues of modeling TIF revenue and pro forma-based gap analysis.
Tue 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Lunch Session: TIF and the Project's "Capital Stack"
This session will focus on how TIF can fit into the overall financing structure of a project. Topics will include up-front versus “back ended” TIF funding arrangements, and the various methods of packaging TIF funding, including bonds, notes, and “pay as you go.” This session will wrap up with an overview of term sheets and development agreements—the key documents defining the TIF deal.
Tue 01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
Tue 01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
TIF and Capital Markets
Bonds are one of the most important methods by which TIF funds are made available to fund public and private improvements. This session will focus on the major types of TIF bonds, outline key considerations in successful TIF bond issuance, discuss bond market dynamics, and describe how the feasibility of TIF bonds can be enhanced by other tools such as backup special assessments.
Tue 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Tue 03:15 PM - 04:30 PM
Performance Monitoring & Managing Active TIF Districts
It is important to understand the typical challenges faced when managing and monitoring active TIF districts. This session will address what you should expect once a TIF deal has been completed and why it is critical to maintain communications with bond investors and the community.
Tue 04:30 PM


The CDFA National Development Finance Summit will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center overlooking the vibrant streets of Midtown Atlanta. Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square - the heart of Midtown Atlanta's thriving retail neighborhood - the hotel is only moments from the city's best restaurants, coolest shops and most fascinating attractions.

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-347-9440

Reserving a Room

CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $179.00 (plus tax and service fees) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). Hotel rooms are available from November 14 to November 17 at the reduced rate if reservations are made before <b>October 24</b>. This rate is not guaranteed if reservations are made after the cut-off date or if the hotel is sold-out. Please reserve your room early.

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The Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

Register before September 15, 2017 for Early-Bird Rates.
Early Bird Rates
CDFA Member: $400
Non-Member: $550
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $450
Non-Member: $600