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CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Conference
June 8, 2017
Salina, KS


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Join the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable on June 8, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at Kansas State University Polytechnic. 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 Oklahoma/Kansas economy going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the 2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference.



2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Conference

Thursday June 08, 2017

Thu 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Registration Opens
Thu 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
The CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state's development finance industry. To kick off the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Conference, CDFA will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • J.R. Claeys, Kansas State Representative, Kansas House of Representatives
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Amanda Radovic, Chief Executive Officer, WBT Innovation Marketplace
  • Thu 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    State and Federal Development Finance Programs
    Industry experts from around the state and from various federal agencies will discuss development finance programs and their potential to spur job creation and growth in the economic development industry. This session will feature a panel discussion on the latest in Oklahoma and Kansas and Washington, DC.
  • Randall Hrabe, Executive Director, Pioneer Country Development, Inc.
  • Janelle Jones, Lender Relations Specialist, SBA Region 7
  • Chelsea Morris, Loan Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Darla Price, Business Finance & Incentives Manager, Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Thu 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
    Investments in clean energy and infrastructure projects are growing rapidly, and the need for sustainable financing solutions becomes more important every day. From new production facilities and renewable energy source development to the retrofitting and renovation of existing buildings and systems, energy finance has become a driving force in the economic development community. Several new financing programs are emerging in the region, and this session will focus on special district financing and other mechanisms to invest in energy savings.
  • Robert Shear, Chief Executive Officer, PACE Sage Capital, LLC
  • Thu 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Networking Break
    Thu 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Creative Infrastructure Financing Approaches
    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 across the region as they explore proven approaches for financing infrastructure with a special focus on the BNSF Railway's newest rail/freight intermodal facility in Edgerton, Kansas. A discussion on the various forms of capital used for the financing will be featured, along with ideas to inspire other opportunities for infrastructure finance.
  • Adam Pope, Vice President, Columbia Capital Management
  • Kathleen VonAchen, Chief Financial Officer, Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS
  • Thu 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
    Lunch Session: Financing the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State
    Kansas State Polytechnic is one of the first, and still one of the few, universities in the country to offer a bachelor's degree in unmanned aircraft systems. The UAS program is the principle initiative of the university's Applied Aviation Research Center. This special luncheon session will feature the story of how the AARC was financed through an innovated public-private partnership between the University, the city, and their partners.
  • Kurt Barnhart, Associate Dean of Research, Kansas State University
  • Jason A. Gage, City Manager, City of Salina
  • Tim Rogers, Executive Director, Salina Airport Authority
  • Thu 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Thu 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
    Small Business Financing Solutions for University Technologies
    How have the technologies researched and built at Kansas State been successfully transitioned into small businesses in the private sector? This session will highlight some successful companies that were inspired by original research and the university and the financing solutions that they have leveraged to grow and succeed. Hear from the business owners about their experience in utilizing various forms of capital to invest and operate.
  • John Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Saxon Remote Systems
  • Thu 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Tour of the Kansas State UAS Lab and Flight Pavilion
    Join us as we explore the Unmanned Aviation Systems Lab and enclosed flight pavilon at Kansas State University Polytechnic. This facility provides a unique opportunity for research, development, and flights on the campus. The group will be able to tour the Lab, as well as see demonstrations of technologies in flight. Don't miss this interactive end to the conference as we explore the themes of the day's discussion in action.
  • Kurt Barnhart, Associate Dean of Research, Kansas State University
  • Trevor Witt, UAS Data Analyst, Kansas State University
  • Thu 03:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Closing Remarks


    The 2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference Reception will take place at Blue Skye Brewery and Eats on Wednesday, June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

    Blue Skye Brewery and Eats
    116 N. Sante Fe
    Salina, KS 67401

    The 2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference will take place on Thursday, June 8, on the campus of Kansas State University Polytechnic in the College Center Conference Room.

    Kansas State University Polytechnic
    2310 Centennial Road
    Salina, KS 67401-8196

    View the Campus Map to find the location of the College Center.

    A limited number of rooms are blocked with a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Salina for Wednesday, June 7th and Thursday, June 8th. To take advantage of this special rate, please call the hotel directly at 785-404-6767 and inform reservations that you are with the Council of Development Finance Agencies/CDFA to assure you receive the special rate of $104.99. Rooms must be reserved by May 15th to receive this discount.


    To register for the 2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas 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, Presented by PFM and submit your application today.
    Standard Rates
    CDFA Member: $145
    Non-Member: $195


    Venue Sponsor

    Kansas State Polytechnic

    Supporting Sponsor

    PACE Sage Capital

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