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CDFA Illinois Roundtable - Opportunity Zones & Development Finance
July 25, 2019
Chicago, IL


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Join the CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable, on July 25, 2019 for a special one-day conference hosted at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing Opportunity Zones and the development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Illinois economy going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the 2019 CDFA Illinois Roundtable - Opportunity Zones & Development Finance.



CDFA Illinois Roundtable - Opportunity Zones & Development Finance - Agenda

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thu 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
The CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the annual CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Tim Fisher, Director, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Thu 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Opportunity Zones Fundamentals & the Latest Updates in Illinois
Industry experts from around the state will discuss the latest development finance legislation and their potential effects on the economic development industry. This session will feature a discussion on the new tax law, its implications on development finance, with a special focus on Opportunity Zones and their potential impact in underserved communities.
Thu 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Highlighting P3 Projects in Opportunity Zones
Public Private Partnerships are used pervasively in Illinois and been a critical asset to funding necessary infrastructure and transportation improvements. During this session, panelists will examine case studies and explore some targeted tactics for implementing P3 structures to successfully finance a project in Opportunity Zones.
Thu 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Networking Break
Thu 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Developing a Local Opportunity Zones Strategy
During this session, a panel of experts will walk through best practices in building an asset map and outreach plan when developing your community’s local Opportunity Zone strategy. This plan will also include business development and real estate strategies and outline how to identify potential investors given local opportunities.
Thu 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Luncheon Session: Where are Opportunity Zones? Perspectives from State & Local Agencies
Opportunity Zones have been designated in numerous distressed communities throughout the country. During this session, leaders of state and local agencies will discuss the demographics of their Opportunity Zones and how they are aligning their designations with economic development and financing strategies. Participants will hear from different perspectives, including urban, suburban, and rural, and will learn about how Opportunity Zones strategies are taking shape across the country.
  • Mohammed Elahi, Deputy Director - Economic Development, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Tim Fisher, Director, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Thu 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Using Opportunity Fund Capital with Bonds
During this session, speakers from bond agencies and capital market firms will describe the current bond market in Illinois and explore bond financing case examples which prove their effectiveness in addressing critical infrastructure needs. In addition to infrastructure, bonds should be used to support affordable housing projects and small business development in Opportunity Zones.
Thu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Opportunity Zones in Conjunction with Brownfields & Redevelopment
Brownfields redevelopment financing solutions are increasingly sought after to restore contaminated sites and/or to return abandoned industrial land to productive use. Since a number of Illinois Opportunity Zones are located in brownfields, speakers will explore best practices for financing brownfields redevelopment in an Opportunity Zone.
  • Eugene Goldfarb, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jon Grosshans, Chief, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Thu 3:30 PM


The 2019 CDFA Illinois Roundtable - Opportunity Zones & Development Finance will take place at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP on July 25 at 9:00 am.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
233 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 8000
Chicago, IL 60606

Tower Self Park
211 W. Adams  
Additional entrance on Franklin
Contact 312-782-5570 for information and rates
Getting to Seyfarth Shaw at Willis Tower

1. Enter from either Franklin Street or Adams Street entrances. Please note that the usual Wacker Drive entrance is currently under construction.

2. Proceed to security desk with valid Photo ID to receive a visitor pass. You will be directed to the visitor’s security entrance.

3. Proceed to the 80th Floor:
- Follow the signage to the 66-102 elevator bank
- Proceed to the 66th floor Sky Lobby
- Follow the signage to the 66-81 elevator bank. Press “80” on the elevator monitors and proceed to the designated elevator number shown on the screen.
- Proceed to the 80th floor


To register for the 2019 CDFA Illinois Roundtable - Opportunity Zones & Development Finance, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $175
Non-Member: $225


Roundtable Partner

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Illinois Finance Authority

Venue Sponsor

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Premium Sponsor

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Fifth Third Bank Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets SB Friedman Development Advisors

Supporting Sponsor

Reyes Kurson

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