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CDFA Georgia Conference
June 7, 2017
Atlanta, GA


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Join the CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable, in partnership with GEDA, on June 7, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. 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 Georgia economy going forward.

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



2017 CDFA Georgia Conference Agenda

Wednesday June 07, 2017

Wed 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Registration Opens
Wed 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
The CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Tim Fisher, Legislative and Federal Affairs Coordinator, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Wed 09:15 AM - 10:00 AM
    State Programs and Legislative Update
    This session will feature a discussion on the latest legislative updates, alongside a variety of financing programs available from the state. What development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry?
  • Tim Fisher, Legislative and Federal Affairs Coordinator, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Daniel McRae Esq, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Wed 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Small Business Financing Solutions
    Georgia’s small businesses are essential to the state’s well-being, but often times overlooked and underutilized in many economic growth strategies and financing programs. This session will focus on how small businesses are financed and the various access to capital challenges they face. In addition, changes in the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) will be explored.
  • Holly Hunt, SSBCI Program Manager, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
  • Tony O'Reilly, President, Small Business Assistance Corporation
  • Wed 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
    Networking Break
    Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Tax Allocation Districts in Georgia
    Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) are established to propel investment by financing redevelopment in blighted areas. In Georgia, these districts have catalyzed innovative growth and groundbreaking projects throughout the state. This session will explore unique case studies and complex approaches to these projects.
  • Courtney Knight, Director, Public Financial Management
  • Speaker(s)
  • Jennifer C. Fine, Vice President, Planning & Strategic Initiatives, Invest Atlanta
  • Charles Whatley, Managing Director, UrbanIS USA LLC
  • Wed 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
    Financing Programs to Support Rural Development
    Urban communities like Atlanta and Savannah are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Georgia is filled with rural communities and small towns that are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique development financing challenges and needs such as downtown revitalization, food systems, infrastructure and energy finance. A number of creative and important financing tools exist to assist rural and small town development, and this session will explore the cutting-edge strategies driving development in the state, as well as important programs that have been cut.
  • Evette Jones, Area Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Will Lambe, Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • John VanBrunt, Economic Development Field Representative, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
  • Wed 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Wed 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM
    Financing Solutions for the Georgia Housing Market
    The changes and trends in the affordable housing industry have a large impact on Georgia communities. Continuing to provide an adequate number of homes affordable to low and moderate income households is increasingly difficult. Luckily, there are a number of financing strategies for these developments. This session will discuss the latest in the Georgia housing market, and how agencies are responding to low income housing tax credit market changes.
  • Catherine Buell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Robert Hoskins, Managing Principal, The NuRock Companies
  • Wed 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
    House Bill 73 Update: Rural Downtown Revitalization
    House Bill 73 seeks to provide tax credit incentives to promote the revitalization of vacant rural Georgia downtowns by encouraging investment, job creation, and economic growth. Join us as industry experts who have been involved in analyzing this effort discuss the latest developments with the legislation.


    The 2017 CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Atlanta.

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    1075 Peachtree Street, NE
    Suite 2500
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    Phone: 404-885-1500


    Visitor parking is available for a fee on the 5th through 7th floors in the parking deck at 1075 Peachtree Street.
    If unable to find parking on these floors, you may proceed to the 12th floor but will need to ask for a visitor’s pass when checking in with Security.


    To register for the 2017 CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

    GEDA members may attend the 2017 CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable Conference using the CDFA member rate. Please indicate that you are a GEDA 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

    Georgia Economic Developers Association

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