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CDFA Ohio Conference
September 25, 2018
Columbus, OH


Join the CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable for a special one-day conference that will cover bonds, TIF, tax credits and energy, redevelopment and small business finance. 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 Ohio economy going forward.

The PACENation Ohio Regional Conference in partnership with CDFA will take place on September 26 in the same room as the CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable. This conference will bring together regional PACE experts to network and learn with all levels of PACE Financing. Please visit the PACENation Ohio Regional Conference page for more event information.



2018 CDFA Ohio Conference Agenda

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tue 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
The CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable was developed to expand best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the CDFA Ohio Conference, CDFA will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Jennifer Price, Executive Director, Ohio Economic Development Association
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Legislative Update: Tax Reform and Opportunity Zones
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.
Tue 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
Tue 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Session A: Connecting Development Finance and the Food System
Lakeside Annex
Traditionally, development finance and the food system have not collaborated in any significant way. However, food systems can be brought into coordination with public finance in order to bring capital to the system as a whole. During this session, experts will discuss the use of traditional financing tools like bonds for non-profits, food hubs, and farm expansions, as well as tax increment finance for food industry industrial parks, neighborhood revitalization, or early stage financing models for entrepreneurs and food technology based businesses. Of special focus will be Franklin County's work on Action C-9.
  • Brian Estabrook, Food Systems Planner, Franklin County Economic Development and Planning
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Concurrent Session B: Financing Brownfields Clean-Up and Build-Up
Lakeside Room
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. This session will feature best practices for financing brownfields redevelopment and how to make sites productive again.
Tue 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Session: Ohio Revitalization Funds
The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority and the Development Finance Authority of Summit County manage loan programs dedicated to the revitalization of their respective communities. Join us as we receive an update on both funds and how they drive neighborhood revitalization.
  • Chris Burnham, President, Development Finance Authority of Summit County
  • Todd Castellini, Vice President of Public Finance, Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority
  • Melissa Johnson, Vice President of Industrial Development & Logistics, Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority
Tue 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Networking Break
Tue 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Concurrent Session A: The Latest on Tax Increment Financing in Ohio
Lakeside Annex
TIF is perennially one of the nation’s most effective and popular development finance tools, but also one of its most misunderstood and controversial. The types of projects that TIF supports in Ohio are diverse, making TIF a very flexible financing tool. During this session, speakers will discuss what happens when TIF follows the same path as local property tax exemption, as well as explore creative ways to maximize this tool going forward.
Concurrent Session B: The State of Public Private Partnerships in Ohio
Lakeside Room
Just as infrastructure development acts as a catalyst for economic growth, it is also changing the landscape for potential investors and the expanding field of infrastructure finance. As budgets are stretched and new rules are created, it can be difficult to pull together funding for necessary infrastructure improvements and community facilities. Join industry experts from around Ohio as they present case studies and explore proven approaches for implementing a successful P3 project in Ohio, where there is no official P3 statute.
Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Implementing Downtown Redevelopment Districts
Downtown redevelopment districts (“DRDs”) are Ohio’s newest local economic development tool. They are also one of its most flexible. Through a DRD, a municipality can generate revenue necessary to pay costs of downtown revitalization by diverting a portion of property tax revenue (similar to a TIF) or establishing downtown redevelopment charges (similar to an NCA). These funds can be used for infrastructure needs or, loans/grants, incubator/accelerator costs, and, in some cases, operating costs necessary for downtown revitalization. Join us as we discuss how communities in Ohio can utilize these new tools. Case studies and example scenarios will be presented to show how Downtown Redevelopment Districts could work given their own parameters
Tue 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Networking Reception Hosted by Bricker & Eckler LLP
The Conference Center at OCLC


The 2018 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference & the PACENation Ohio Regional Conference in partnership with CDFA will take place at The Conference Center at OCLC in Dublin, OH.

The Conference Center at OCLC
Lakeside Room
6600 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017


To register for the 2018 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference and/or the PACENation Regional Ohio Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member or a PACENation member.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.

OEDA members may attend the 2018 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference using the CDFA member rate. Please indicate that you are an OEDA member in the "Comments/Questions" box during registration.

PACENation members may attend the PACENation Ohio Regional Conference in partnership with CDFA at the member rate. Please indicate that you are a PACENation member in the "Comments/Questions" box during registration.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $145
Non-Member: $195


Roundtable Partner

Ohio Economic Development Association

Premium Sponsor

Bricker & Eckler LLP Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets

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