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Intro Rural Finance Course
November 15, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Alaska Industrial Development and Export AuthorityBaker Tilly Virchow KrauseBallard Spahr LLPBNY MellonBricker & Eckler LLPBryan Cave LLPBusiness OregonCohnReznickFBT Project Finance Advisors LLCFrost Brown Todd, LLCHawkins Delafield & Wood LLPIce Miller LLPKeyBanc Capital MarketsKutak Rock LLPMB Financial Bank, NAMcCarter & English, LLPMcGuireWoodsMiles & Stockbridge P.C.NW Financial Group, LLCSB Friedman Development AdvisorsSquire Patton BoggsStern Brothers & Co.Stifel NicolausU.S. BankWells Fargo SecuritiesWilmington TrustZ. The Bond Buyer


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The Intro Rural Finance Course focuses on how the development finance toolbox can be structured to support rural communities and help them with strategies to invest in infrastructure, redevelopment, and job creation. This course differs from other curriculums in that it focuses on designing programs targeted to serve rural communities.

Leaders in rural and agricultural development finance will discuss how to develop and establish long-term financing within rural communities. In addition, the course will highlight successful programs that are working throughout the country in communities with varying levels of capacity and size. Topics discussed during the course include targeted financing programs available at the federal, state, and local levels for rural communities, along with best practices for employing these financing programs.

This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

2017 National Development Finance Summit

This year, the Intro Rural Finance Course will be held in conjunction with the 2017 CDFA National Development Finance Summit which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDFA National Summit brings together the leaders and dealmakers in the development finance industry to discuss best practices, trends, and project financing solutions.

The CDFA National Summit is a dealmaking event at its core with a program built to encourage networking and individualized learning about all types of development finance tools and programs. At the CDFA National Summit, you will meet industry experts, connect with financing, learn about the latest approaches, and discover development finance solutions to bring to your local community.


Course Objectives

  • Understand the the financing challenges and opportunities for rural communities
  • Examine federal, state, and local financing programs supporting rural communities
  • Learn about essential financing sources employed by rural communities, including bonds, TIF, loan programs, grants, and other sources
  • Discover solutions for managing risk, building capacity, developing financing partners, and identifying resources
  • Consider strategies and best practices for expanding access to capital. rural business development, and infrastructure development and redevelopment
  • Discuss case studies from a variety of rural communities with different financing capacities, geographic areas, and population sizes

Topics Covered

  • Rural financing programs from federal, state, and local sources
  • Applying development finance tools for rural projects
  • Financing solutions for agriculture, infrastructure, energy, food systems, manufacturers, small businesses, and other rural businesses.
  • Identifying local financing partners, including CDCs, CDFIs, MEPs, developers, banks, and service providers
  • Understanding risk and long term financing strategies unique to rural communities
  • Case studies focused on structuring and layering financing sources together

Who Should Attend?

  • Bond Issuers
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Community Development Professionals
  • Broker/Dealers and Underwriters
  • Elected Officials
  • Government and Nonprofit Finance Officers
  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Financial Advisors
  • Policy Makers

Course Advisor

Emily Moser Emily Moser
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Program Manager
Emily is a Program Manager for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). She manages CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, which provides financing technical assistance to brownfield redevelopment projects. The program offers... (More)


Wednesday November 15, 2017

Wed 07:30 AM - 08:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration
Wed 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
Welcome participants, introduce CDFA and set the stage for the course.
Wed 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Introduction to Rural Development Finance
The Intro Rural Finance Course focuses on the development finance challenges and opportunities in rural communities. The opening session of the course will outline the variety of financing programs available and consider the types of financing risks facing rural communities and the solutions to employ.
  • Lee Earhart, Eastern Region Manager, Electric Distribution, CoBank
  • Wed 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Financing Sources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    USDA Rural Development offers 40+ financing programs to support rural-based businesses and communities. They manage a $210 billion portfolio of loans, and administer approximately $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through its various programs. During this session, learn about the types of financing programs available, including those for economic development and infrastructure, and how to access those programs in your community.
  • Jack Stanek, Assistant State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Wed 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    Wed 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Financing Solutions for Rural-Based Business
    This session will examine the development finance programs that drive business development and sustain economic development on a broader scale in rural areas. Topics covered include identifying appropriate financing programs for the businesses in your community, developing partnerships with banks and other capital access providers, and understanding the capital needs of rural-based businesses.
  • Randy Griffin, President, CSRA Business Lending
  • Josh Walton, Area Director, The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
  • Wed 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
    Lunch Session: Financing Solutions for Rural Food & Agricultural Systems
    This session will examine the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how rural communities can make investments in that system can drive economic development. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and understanding the financing challenges associated with growing, processing, distributing, marketing, and selling food.
  • Dafina Williams, Vice President, Public Policy, Opportunity Finance Network
  • Wed 01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
    Wed 01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
    Financing Solutions for Rural Downtown Development
    Many rural communities are engaged in revitalization efforts to restore their downtowns and mainstreets. This session will explain the various tools and programs available to revitalize and redevelop rural downtowns, including tax increment financing, special assessment, tax credits, EB-5, and others. Topics covered include building relationships with developers, building community buy-in to support redevelopment, and attracting private capital to support real estate development.
  • Tara Bradshaw, Executive Director, Dublin Downtown Development Authority
  • Perry Hiott, Managing Director, Georgia Cities Foundation
  • Wed 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
    Wed 03:15 PM - 04:30 PM
    Financing Solutions for Sustainable Rural Infrastructure
    This session of the course will look at the variety of financing programs and resources available to build strong rural communities through investments in energy, transportation, water, and broadband infrastructure. Topics include public-private partnerships, targeted financing strategies, and navigating legal and regulatory requirements. This session will have a special focus on the capacity needs of rural communities and how to structure the financing for these large-scale investments.
  • Lee Earhart, Eastern Region Manager, Electric Distribution, CoBank
  • Michael Kozlarek, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, SC
  • Blake Sharpton, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP
  • Wed 04:30 PM


    The CDFA National Development Finance Summit will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center overlooking the vibrant streets of Midtown Atlanta. Located on the Georgia Tech campus in Technology Square - the heart of Midtown Atlanta's thriving retail neighborhood - the hotel is only moments from the city's best restaurants, coolest shops and most fascinating attractions.

    Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
    800 Spring St. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    Phone: 404-347-9440

    Reserving a Room

    CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $179.00 (plus tax and service fees) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). Hotel rooms are available from November 14 to November 17 at the reduced rate if reservations are made before <b>October 24</b>. This rate is not guaranteed if reservations are made after the cut-off date or if the hotel is sold-out. Please reserve your room early.

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    The Intro Rural Finance Course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

    Register before September 15, 2017 for Early-Bird Rates.
    Early Bird Rates
    CDFA Member: $550
    Non-Member: $825
    Standard Rates
    CDFA Member: $600
    Non-Member: $875