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CDFA California Conference
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Los Angeles, CA


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Join CDFA and CALED for the fourth annual California Financing Roundtable on November 15, 2016. This one-day event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing new development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these methods can affect the California economy going forward.



Monday, November 14

5:00 - 7:00 pmCalifornia Conference Kickoff Reception

Come enjoy drinks and networking with fellow conference attendees at our California Roundtable Kickoff Reception hosted at the office of Nixon Peabody LLP. If you are interested in participating in the reception, please contact Candace Frank at cfrank@cdfa.net. Keep in mind that you must be registered for the conference in order to attend the reception.

Tuesday, November 15

8:30 amRegistration Opens

9:00 - 9:30 amWelcoming Remarks

Welcome to the 2016 California Financing Roundtable Conference. The CDFA California Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off this year’s California Financing Roundtable, CDFA and CALED will deliver welcoming remarks.


Emily Moser
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Gurbax Sahota
President & Chief Executive Officer
California Association for Local Economic Development

9:30 - 10:00 amMarket Watch - The Economic Development Finance Climate in California

How is California’s economy fairing? What economic development financing trends are economists, bankers and other professionals experiencing throughout the state and the nation? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry? Join industry experts and top development finance leaders as the Roundtable discusses the state’s and nation’s economic development finance climate, development realities, access to capital opportunities and the prospect for economic advancement.


Jeree Glasser-Hedrick
Executive Director
California Debt Limit Allocation Committee

10:00 - 10:15 amNetworking Break

10:15 am - 11:15 amUtilizing Resilience Bonds in California

Aging and failing infrastructure due to increasingly frequent and severe weather patterns in California leave local governments and public utilities exposed and underinsured. Resilience bonds not only increase insurance against disasters but protect cash-strapped local governments across the state. During this session, bond experts will explain how this tool works, present case studies and explore important tactics for utilizing resilience bonds.


Dan Bronfman
Growth Capital Associates, Inc.

Jamie Rhodes
Senior Fellow
re:focus partners

11:15 - 12:00 pmSmall Business Financing Solutions

The diversity of small businesses in California requires diverse financing programs as well. Programs ranging from working capital and women and minority-owned business financing to equipment and facility loans are essential to supporting the continued growth and expansion of jobs in the state. Hear from the City of Los Angeles and other industry experts as they explain the unique small business financing programs they use to support local businesses.


Keith Rogers
Senior Loan Consultant

Alex Lakshtanov
Finance Officer
City of Los Angeles

12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch - State of the PACE Market & PACE Expansion across California

With over 12 PACE programs operating in California, the Golden State leads the nation in PACE financing and distribution. During this keynote luncheon presentation, hear what’s next for PACE in California as our industry experts consider regulations, local consumer protection, and expanding commercial and residential programming in the Golden State.


Laura Franke
Managing Director
PFM Financial Advisors LLC

1:30 - 2:15 pmFinancing Brownfields Clean-Up & Build-Up

Brownfields redevelopment financing solutions are increasingly sought after to restore contaminated sites and/or to return abandoned industrial land to productive use. The cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites can advance a region’s economy, restore the local environment, and ultimately lead to permanent job creation and greater attraction of external capital to the community. During this session, speakers will explore best practices for financing brownfields redevelopment and examples of recent projects in the state.


Emily Moser
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Ignacio Dayrit
Director of Programs
Center for Creative Land Recycling

Sandra Rahimi
Los Angeles Development Fund

2:15 - 2:30 pmNetworking Break

2:30 - 3:30 pmEIFDs and CRIAs: Do They Fill the TIF Void?

In 2015, Governor Brown signed into effect Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) and Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities (CRIAs) to invest in disadvantaged communities. What does 2016 have to hold for EFIDs and CRIAs? Will EFIDs work hand in hand with CRIAs moving into the future or will there be a battle over available funds? Join industry experts as they explain the latest on EIFDs and CRIAs and creative ways to maximize these tools moving forward.


Larry Kosmont
President & CEO
Kosmont Companies


Ellen Martin
Executive Vice President
Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.

Jon Goetz
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Aaron Laurel
Economic Development & Housing Director
City of West Sacramento

3:30 - 4:30 pmThe Latest on EB-5 in the Golden State

California is recognized as being the largest desired destination within the United States for Foreign Direct Investment, and the EB-5 Program is one of the most effective approaches to attracting foreign investors. Join development finance professionals for a timely discussion about the life of the EB-5 program and how it is used in various regions of the state.


Lincoln Stone
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Peter Joseph
Executive Director
Invest in the USA

4:30 pm


Emily Moser
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Closing Remarks


The 2016 CDFA California Financing Roundtable Conference Reception will take place at Nixon Peabody LLP on November 14, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Nixon Peabody LLP
One California Plaza
300 South Grand Avenue

41st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The 2016 CDFA California Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the Los Angeles City Hall in the Tom Bradley Tower Room on November 15, 2016 at 8:30am.

The Tom Bradley Tower Room
200 N Spring Street
27th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

From the North or East: Take the 101 Freeway towards downtown, exit on Los Angeles Street, turn right, and then make another right onto 1st Street. Soon after, take a right on Main Street where you will find City Hall on your left.

From South or West: Take the 110 Freeway north to the 5/101 freeways going south. Exit on Los Angeles Street, continue south to 1st street, and then make a right on Main Street where you will find City Hall on your left.

Parking is at the City Hall East Parking Garage located at 201 N. Los Angeles Street, on the west side of Los Angeles Street between Temple and 1st Street (across the street from Parker Center). Included in your registration is free parking at City Hall. We will send you a "Print and Present" pass that will only be accepted at the parking structure specifically identified on the parking pass.

Entrance to City Hall
The public entrance to City Hall is on Main Street not Spring Street. After you park, enter the building (City Hall East) through the doors located in the center of the parking lot. Do not use the perimeter doors, which lead to the L.A. Mall. Take the elevators to the 3rd floor of City Hall East. Go to the Bridge and check in with security. Please bring photo I.D. when entering City Hall. Cross the Bridge and take the express elevators to the 26th floor where you will pick up your materials for the conference and sign in.

If you end up in the Mall, go up the escalator at the south end of the Mall and walk across Main Street to enter the main City Hall building on the west side of the street and go through the security check point.


To register for the 2016 CDFA California Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member. Members of CALED are eligible for the CDFA member-rate.

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


For information about sponsoring the 2016 CDFA California Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.