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CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 14-15, 2020
Washington, DC


Register for the CDFA Federal Policy Conference

The federal government plays a critical role in driving private and public investment in innovation, job creation, infrastructure, and community development. With the 2020 presidential election quickly approaching, development finance will be a key policy issue across the nation. The 116th Congress will also play a major role in shaping our country’s economic development policy going forward. It's up to the development finance community to focus the national discussion on smart federal policy, and CDFA is the voice of the economic development finance community on Capitol Hill. For these reasons, we invite you to join us for the CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 14-15 in Washington, DC.

The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will highlight policies and programs at the federal level. These include programs for supporting small business development, affordable housing, clean energy finance, brownfields redevelopment, water systems, infrastructure, food systems, and of course, the Opportunity Zones incentive. The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will feature development finance experts and practitioners from key federal agencies, congressional offices, and policy organizations. The conference will also feature an opportunity for attendees to network with a dozen federal agencies through interactive roundtable discussions and will include a kickoff workshop focused on federal grant application writing.

The event will be held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, and space is limited to the first 250 attendees – register early to secure your seat!

Note: CDFA will hold its spring Capitol Hill Day on April 16. Attendance for Capitol Hill Day is optional, but all participants in the CDFA Federal Policy Conference are encouraged to attend.


CDFA Federal Policy Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tue 12:30 PM
Registration Opens
Stop by the CDFA Registration Desk to pick up your conference materials and name badges. Attendees, speakers, and guests need to check-in before entering the CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
Tue 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch with Federal Agencies
Join CDFA and financing experts from throughout the federal government for a working lunch. Representatives from federal agencies will be on hand and seated at tables according to specific development finance topic areas. Table topics will include affordable housing, rural development, small business, brownfields, broadband, historic rehabilitation, water infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy, and more.
  • Matthew Dalbey, Director, Office of Community Revitalization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rosemarie A. Drake, Chief, 7(a) Loan Division, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • David Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chad Parker, Deputy Administrator, Community Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Linda Reilly, Chief, 504 Loan Divison, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Edward Rios, Senior Investment Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy
Tue 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Tue 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Federal Grant Writing Workshop
The federal government offers funding and financing for countless project types across the development finance spectrum. Unfortunately, many businesses and communities lack the education or capacity to access the capital they need from the federal government. During this workshop, federal grant writing experts will share their tips and tricks for writing successful grant applications.
  • Darnell Moses, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Modernizing the Federal Economic Development Delivery System
Federal agencies are actively considering ways they can improve upon the federal financing delivery system, from improving funding mechanisms, easing application and reporting burdens, to being more flexible with program terms. We invite you to be a part of this discussion on how to best modernize the federal government’s economic development delivery platforms.
  • Toby Rittner, President and CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Federal Policy Conference Reception
In typical CDFA fashion, the CDFA Federal Policy Conference will kick-off with some great food, tasty drinks, and exciting entertainment. Whether you attended the earlier sessions or are just looking for a great evening, you can join your fellow CDFA friends and colleagues for a drink in the festive atmosphere.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wed 8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast Opens
Stop by the CDFA Registration Desk to pick up your conference materials and name badges. Attendees, speakers, and guests need to check-in before entering the CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
Wed 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Impact of Opportunity Zones: Two Years Out
Now that the Opportunity Zones regulations are finalized, community leaders are wondering what they can do to create projects in their own zones, as well as incentivize investments from Opportunity Funds. In this session, you'll hear from top administration officials on how Opportunity Zones have revolutionized the economic development landscape across America, and you’ll gain insight on how to take advantage of this powerful incentive.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Wed 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Wed 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Analyzing the Final Opportunity Zones Regulations
With the final regulations in place, investments are now flowing into Opportunity Zones across the country. Federal agencies are actively considering ways they can further support projects in Opportunity Zones. During this panel, we will explore the important points of the Opportunity Zones regulations, and learn how various branches of the government are tailoring policies and collaborating to leverage further investment into Opportunity Zones.
Wed 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Congressional Development Finance Policy Luncheon
This special lunch will highlight the economic development finance plans for the 116th Congress. Congressional leadership and policymakers in the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees regularly debate the merits of legislation with the potential to strengthen economic development finance. This luncheon conversation will highlight current legislative initiatives with real opportunities to drive economic investment and growth nationwide.
Wed 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Reviving American Manufacturing through Development Finance
Strong manufacturing innovation built a powerful economy and a prosperous middle class. Now, the federal government has the opportunity to revitalize this critical economic sector by adopting sensible policies and investing in industrial sites to attract next-generation manufacturing. This session will discuss how bedrock investment tools, innovative development finance techniques, and smart policies can spur industrial redevelopment and job creation.
Wed 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Wed 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Financing Sustainable Infrastructure Today
What does the national movement toward more sustainable, resilient infrastructure entail, and how it can be financed in your community? Representatives from federal agencies will highlight the financing and funding tools available to support sustainable infrastructure projects, while project finance experts will discuss the ways to assemble a capital stack for non-traditional infrastructure projects.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Capitol Hill Day
Join CDFA and our members and partners as we head to Capitol Hill to conduct legislative briefings and visit with Congressional leaders to reinforce the importance of federal economic development finance solutions and proactive approaches. Capitol Hill Day is an optional event, and anyone attending must register in advance with CDFA.


The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel on April 14-15.

Washington Marriott Georgetown

1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 872-1500

CDFA has not secured a specific hotel room block for this event. However, many attendees qualify for either the federal or governmental rates at many local hotels. Hotels are typically willing to honor this rate if requested. Suggested hotels include:

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1250 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 857-3388

The St. Gregory Hotel Dupont Circle
2033 M St. NW,
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-3600

Hyatt Place
2121 M St. NW
Washington DC 20037
(202) 838-2222

Fairmont Washington DC, Georgetown
2401 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400

If you have any problems securing a hotel, please do not hesitate to contact CDFA.


To register for the CDFA Federal Policy Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $245
Non-Member: $345