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CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum
June 15, 2017
Washington, DC

-Overview


CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum
in conjunction with
The development finance opportunities and challenges facing urban communities have never reached a more critical juncture, and CDFA is taking action to address these issues. Join CDFA in Washington, DC this June for the launch of our new Federal Urban Finance Forum. Limited to urban communities, the CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum will feature a panel of development finance experts from various federal agencies, as well as representatives from America’s largest urban areas to discuss the future of urban development finance.

The CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum will kickoff with a special evening reception on June 14, 2017 with a lively discussion on the major development finance opportunities and challenges confronting urban areas. Participants from the nation's largest urban communities will interact, network and establish talking points for the next day's examination of urban finance issues.

Programming on June 15, 2017 will be at The Pew Charitable Trusts, featuring panel discussions and workshops directed by members of key federal agencies and urban development policy leaders. Specific presentations and discussions led by The Kresge Foundation and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will be part of this important agenda.

Finally, on June 16, join CDFA and our members and legislative partners as we head to Capitol Hill to conduct legislative briefings and visit with Congressional leaders to reinforce the importance of federal urban development finance solutions and proactive approaches.

The CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum is only open to representatives from the top 75-80 urban areas. Each community will be eligible for one registration space. After the top 75 have secured their spots, the remaining 30 registrations will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

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-Agenda

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Wed 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Kickoff Reception
Squire Patton Boggs offices
Sponsored by:
Squire Patton Boggs
The CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum will kick off with a special evening reception on June 14, 2017. The reception will feature a lively discussion and an audience Q&A focused on efforts to accelerate private investment in municipal infrastructure. P3 and infrastructure experts will be on hand to discuss where there are funding gaps in infrastructure projects, new strategies and ideas on how to drive private investment in non-revenue generating projects, and the optimal role of the federal government in supporting municipal projects. Participants from the nation’s largest urban communities will interact, network, and establish talking points for the next day’s examination of urban finance issues.
Moderator(s)
  • Alethia Nancoo, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Speaker(s)
  • David Rogers, President, FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Linda Schakel, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • David Teed, Managing Partner, Diogenes Capital
  • Ed Trumbull, Vice President, ICF
  • Thursday June 15, 2017

    Thu 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    Welcome to The Pew Charitable Trusts and the CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum. Check in at the registration desk to receive your name badge and Forum materials. Enjoy a quick continental breakfast before the first speakers begin.
    Thu 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
    Welcome & Opening Remarks
    The CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum is a new initiative aimed at addressing the development finance challenges and opportunities facing America’s urban communities. This year’s Forum will commence with a perspective on urban finance from The Pew Charitable Trusts and CDFA leadership. In addition, the opening session will set the stage for the day’s perspectives, networking, and problem solving discussions.
    Speaker(s)
  • Mary Murphy, Project Director, State & Local Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Thu 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Understanding the Fiscal Landscape of American Cities
    Eight years ago the U.S. officially emerged from the deepest economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. While a few cities around the country have managed to shake off the lingering effects from the recession, many more face either stagnant growth or declining revenue totals. In this session, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will lead a panel discussion on the fiscal health of urban areas, with a special focus on the emergence of development finance agencies and innovative financing instruments in urban communities.
    Moderator(s)
  • Lourdes Germán, Director, International & Institute-wide Initiatives, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Speaker(s)
  • Carmelo Garcia, Executive Vice President, Chief Real Estate Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Thu 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    Networking Break
    Thu 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Spurring Economic Development through Federal Programs
    The federal government plays an important role in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing urban areas. With the recent elections behind us, the direction of the federal agencies is beginning to emerge. During this in-depth session, a panel of federal agency representatives will outline the myriad programs and resources available within the federal government to assist urban communities.
    Moderator(s)
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Speaker(s)
  • Stanley Gimont, Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Barrett L. Haga Ph.D., Senior Administrator for Economic Engagement, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • David Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeff Merkowitz, Senior Advisor, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
  • Thu 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
    Keynote Address & Lunch
    The luncheon keynote address will focus on the future of federal agency support of urban redevelopment, as well as look at the ways federal agencies and private sector organizations can collaborate to improve communities around the country.
    Speaker(s)
  • Catherine Pugh, Mayor, City of Baltimore
  • Thu 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Thu 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    Identifying Financing Barriers in Urban Revitalization and Measuring Impact
    The Kresge Foundation and CDFA have spent the past year and a half exploring ways to drive community and economic development by understanding the capital barriers that exist for development finance agencies (DFAs), especially those that may limit their ability to finance projects with benefit to low income persons. In this session, representatives from The Kresge Foundation will provide an overview of their experiences working with DFAs and highlight a partnership with the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund which has developed a framework – which Kresge is adopting – to measure community impact in several areas. In addition, attendees will disperse to breakout rooms to examine the role of philanthropy in the urban development finance space and then reconvene to discuss outcomes and takeaways.
    Moderator(s)
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Speaker(s)
  • Kimberlee Cornett, Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation
  • Aaron Seybert, Social Investment Officer, The Kresge Foundation
  • Maggie Super Church, Independent Consultant, CLF Ventures
  • Thu 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
    The Congressional Urban Agenda
    In addition to the work being done by foundations and federal agencies to generate economic growth in urban areas, Congressional leadership and policymakers regularly debate the merits of legislation with potential to strengthen urban investment and development. In this final session of the day, representatives from Congress and other policymakers will discuss current legislative initiatives with real opportunities to drive urban investment and growth opportunities.
    Moderator(s)
  • Tim Fisher, Legislative and Federal Affairs Coordinator, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Speaker(s)
  • Gideon Bragin, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Tom Dallessio, President, Chief Executive Officer & Publisher, Next City
  • Gary Sage, Research & Policy Officer, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO
  • Thu 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
    Closing Remarks & Reception
    The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Friday June 16, 2017

    Fri 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Capitol Hill Day
    House and Senate Buildings on Capitol Hill
    Join CDFA and our members and partners as we head to Capitol Hill to conduct legislative briefings and visit with Congressional leaders to reinforce the importance of federal urban development finance solutions and proactive approaches.

    -Location

    The CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum will take place at The Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center.

    The Pew Charitable Trusts
    901 E St. NW
    Washington, DC 20004

    Accommodations:

    CDFA has not secured a specific hotel room block for this event. However, dozens of hotels are located within a short distance of the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center. CDFA has researched hotel options near the Pew Charitable Trusts for attendees' consideration.

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    In addition, many attendees qualify for either the federal or governmental rates at many Washington hotels. Hotels are typically willing to honor this rate if requested. Suggested hotels include:

    Willard InterContinental Washington
    Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
    Phone: (202) 628-9100

    Kimpton Hotels
    Various locations

    Omni Hotels
    Various locations

    If you have any problems securing a hotel, do not hesitate to contact CDFA.

    -Registration

    To register for the CDFA Federal Urban Finance Forum, click on the Register button below. Registration rates are $250 for all participants.

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