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CDFA Maryland Conference
June 13, 2018
Baltimore, MD


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Join the CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable for a special one-day conference. 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 Maryland economy going forward.

Topics for this year's confernce include: TIF, tax reform, opportunity zones, tax credits, incentives & tax Abatements, green banks and financing resiliency and investing in local food systems.

Register today to reserve your spot at the 2018 CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference.



2018 CDFA Maryland Conference Agenda

Wednesday June 13, 2018

Wed 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
The CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable was developed to expand best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the CDFA Maryland Conference, CDFA will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Ira Weinstein, Principal, CohnReznick LLP
  • Wed 09:30 AM - 10:30 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.
  • Kevin Quinn, Principal, Wye River Group
  • Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Ira Weinstein, Principal, CohnReznick LLP
  • Wed 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    Networking Break
    Wed 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    The Latest on TIF across Maryland
    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 Maryland is diverse, making TIF a very flexible financing tool. During this session, speakers will discuss how Maryland communities have updated their approach to structuring TIF deals, as well as explore creative ways to maximize this tool going forward.
  • Brien Desilets, Head of Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Speaker(s)
  • Alan Cason, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Keenan Rice, President, MuniCap, Inc.
  • Wed 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Investing in Local Food Systems
    The food system is critical to developing and sustaining a healthy economy, and yet many communities are left without sufficient access or jobs related to a mature food system. This session will explore the role development finance plays in supporting the food sector and the types of financing tools on the table for growing investment in the local food system.
  • William Cole, President & Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Dana Johnson, Managing Director, Maryland and Washington, DC, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Philip Sambol, Vice President of Operations, Good Food Markets
  • Wed 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
    Luncheon Session: Green Banks & Resiliency
    As climate change becomes an ever-pressing challenge, cities and urban areas are looking to fortify their infrastructure in more resilient ways. This resilient infrastructure is often much higher in upfront cost yet over the course of its lifetime the investment generally pays off. One way that states and local communities have found to mitigate this expense is developing quasi-public entities called green banks which work to leverage private investment in green projects. In this session, speakers will discuss how green banks can work to meet a communities’ resiliency goals.
  • Tom Deyo, Chief Executive Officer, Montgomery County Green Bank
  • Shelly M. Gross-Wade, President, Chief Executive Officer, Prince George's Financial Services Corporation
  • Lynn Heller, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Climate Access Fund
  • Wed 01:45 PM - 02:00 PM
    Networking Break
    Wed 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Leveraging Tax Incentive Use in Development Projects
    Incentive use has grown dramatically and become a more prominent – and challenging – part of economic development work. Every incentives program, whether at the state or local level, should be created with a thoughtful approach and careful attention to best practices. During this session, speakers will outline steps for setting goals and identifying the incentives needs depending on the community type.
  • Ellen Harpel PhD, President, Business Development Advisors
  • Wed 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    Creative Tax Credit Financing in Maryland
    Tax credits have been used by both the Federal and State government as a method to influence businesses to take certain actions, such as locating to specific underserved areas, rehabilitating historic properties, expanding business’ research and development, investing in new technologies, and increasing the supply of affordable housing. They are a flexible tool which often pushes a project into viability. In this session, learn how a variety of tax credits are being used to help finance successful community development projects in Maryland.
  • Elaine DiPietro, President, Blooming Ventures LLC
  • Kayla Gross, Principal, CohnReznick LLP
  • Brien O'Toole, Deputy Director, Rental Lending Community Development Administration, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Wed 03:30 PM


    This conference will take place on the 3rd Floor of the offices of CohnReznick LLP, located in Baltimore, MD.

    CohnReznick LLP
    500 E. Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202


    124 Market Place (between E Pratt St-E Lombard St)
    183 S Gay St (between E Pratt St-E Lombard St)
    639 E Lombard St (between Market Pl-S Gay St)

    The daily rate is $26 (early bird special in by 9 out by 7 is $10)


    To register for the 2018 CDFA Maryland Financing Roundtable Conference, 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: $145
    Non-Member: $195


    Venue Sponsor


    Premium Sponsor

    Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Grant Thornton LLP

    Supporting Sponsor


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