Technical Assistance

CDFA Colorado Conference
May 16, 2017
Denver, CO


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Join the CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable, in partnership with EDCC, CHFA and DCI on May 16, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch. 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 Colorado economy going forward.

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



2017 CDFA Colorado Conference Agenda

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mon 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Special Colorado Reception
Make plans to attend a special reception with the 2017 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable on Monday, May 15 from 5:00-7:00pm. The reception will be hosted by Colorado Lending Source at their downtown Denver office. Come network and engage with other development finance professionals across the state.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tue 8:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration Opens
Tue 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
The CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. Join us as CDFA, EDCC, CHFA, and DCI kick off the third annual CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference with welcoming remarks.
  • John Hall, EDCC Chair & Economic Development Director, City of Westminster
  • Wyatt Jones, Senior Commercial Lender, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
  • Toby Rittner, President and CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Colorado Legislative Update
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 Colorado.
  • Jeff Kraft, Director of Business Funding and Incentives, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • Toby Rittner, President and CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Dee Wisor, Partner, Butler Snow LLP
Tue 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Winter Park: Mixed-Use Development Strategies
Since 2013, the Town of Winter Park has been approved to develop three unique properties aimed at increasing attractions for the community. The three plans call for dedicated investment in mixed-use redevelopment including an ecological and community center, a market, parking garage, retail space, Town owned attainable housing, and a permanent outdoor stage. During this session, experts will discuss their progress four years in and outline the various financing strategies used to make this redevelopment become a reality.
Tue 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
Tue 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Mesa County: Rural Development through the Jump-Start Zone Program
Mesa County is the first county in Colorado to be designed as a Jump-Start Zone, bringing specific tax relief to new businesses and new hires in the regions. In the last year, several businesses have taken advantage of the opportunity to locate or expand in Mesa County because of the tax advantages. What has this meant for the county and how are these businesses helping to “jumpstart” the economic growth in the area. Hear from Mesa County as they discuss the work they’ve done to build this program.
  • Kim Woodworth, Operations Director, Economic Development Council of Colorado
  • Ken Jensen, Senior Manager of New Program Development, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • Kristi Pollard, Executive Director, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Tue 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch - Durango & Alamosa: Revolving Loan Funds at their Best
Durango and Alamosa are two model success stories for using targeted revolving loan funds to promote, create, and assist businesses in their communities. During lunch, the Roundtable will showcase some selected business investments that have been made and outline how the RLFs work to generate economic activity and promote continued investment. Learn about program management as well as tips for outreach and ongoing communications with the business community.
  • Justin Fazzari, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Patrick Waggoner, Revolving Loan Fund Administrator, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Kevin Wilkins, Executive Director, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group
Tue 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Arvada: Tax Increment Financing in Action
Tax increment financing is a flexible and creative financing tool that can help support development projects throughout Colorado. The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority will share their successes of using TIF for a number of different projects including housing, retail, and historic preservation.
Tue 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Networking Break
Tue 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Longmont: Financing Brownfields Clean-Up and Build-Up
The cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites can advance a region’s economy, restore local environment, and ultimately lead to permanent job creation and greater attraction of external capital to the community. During this session, the city of Longmont will feature best practices for financing brownfields redevelopment and what they are doing to make specific sites productive again.
  • Jesse Silverstein, Director, Real Estate Economics, Development Research Partners
  • David Starnes, Redevelopment & Revitalization Manager, Executive Director, City of Longmont
Tue 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Brownfields Project Marketplace
CDFA is bringing a unique technical assistance opportunity to Colorado in conjunction with this year’s Colorado Financing Roundtable. During the Brownfields Project Marketplace, communities will be presenting their current brownfield redevelopment projects to our audience and advisors in exchange for financing recommendations specific to their projects. Roundtable attendees are encouraged to listen to the community presentations and engage in constructive discussions and networking. The Brownfields Project Marketplace is a component of CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During this session, hear about up and coming redevelopment projects including:

City of Sheridan, Sante Fe Business Park
Steelworks Center of the West, Museum Project in Pueblo, CO
Rio Grande County, Veteran's Water Waste Treatment Facility in Monte Vista, CO

Communities that would like to enroll a project in the Marketplace should contact CDFA to discuss how they can be involved.
  • Danny Heffernan, Assessment & Revitalization Program, U.S. Environment Protection Agency
  • Emily Moser, Development Analyst, Ohio Capital Finance Corporation
  • Jesse Silverstein, Director, Real Estate Economics, Development Research Partners
Tue 3:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Closing Remarks


The 2017 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference Reception will take place at Colorado Lending Source on May 15, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

Colorado Lending Source
1441 18th Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-657-0010


From I-25 S
From I-25 South, take exit 213 toward 38th Avenue/ Park Avenue and keep left at the fork. Follow signs for park Avenue/Downtown and merge onto Fox street/Park Avenue West. Then, continue onto 22nd Street and turn right onto Larimer Street. Take another right onto 18th Street and Colorado Lending Source will be on the right located on the corner of 18th and Blake Street in the Blake Street Building.

From the I-25 N
From I-25 North, take exit 210B for the Auraria Parkway and continue onto Market Street for a half mile. Then, turn left onto 18th Street and Colorado Lending Source will be on the right located on the corner of 18th and Blake Street in the Blake Street Building.


There is street-side metered parking available around the Blake Street Building. Parking is also available on the corner of 20th and Market Street for $7 daily.

Room Location
The reception will take place in the Centennial Room located on the main floor of the building. Colorado Lending Source will have people available to direct attendees to the right place.

The 2017 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch in Denver.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch
1020 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-572-2300


The Federal Reserve Bank does not have personal parking. However, there is metered parking available around the bank. The Denver Performing Arts Complex has parking space available in the their garage that is located two blocks from the bank at the corner of Arapahoe and 14th Street.

Room Location
The main entrance for the bank is located on Curtis Street between 15th and 16th Street. Registrants will be directed toward the conference room upon entering the bank.

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 Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

EDCC and DCI members may attend the 2017 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference using the CDFA member rate. Please indicate that you are EDCC or DCI member in the "Comments/Questions" box during registration.

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

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Downtown Colorado, Inc. Economic Development Council of Colorado

Principal Sponsor

Florida Development Finance Corporation
For information about sponsoring the CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.