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Intro Bond Finance Course
August 5-6, 2020
Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

-Overview

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Bonds are the bedrock of development finance and are used to help build roads, bridges, sewers, city halls, hospitals and thousands of public and private projects. For over a century, bonds have been spurring development and redevelopment and are a major driver for job creation and economic growth.

CDFA’s highly acclaimed Intro Bond Finance Course provides an in-depth look at governmental and qualified private activity bonds, with a focus on industrial development bonds (IDBs), 501(c)(3) non-profit bonds, exempt facility bonds, and other special bond programs authorized by the federal government.

The Intro Bond Finance Course addresses the basic requirements for issuing a bond, the rules and regulations that govern tax-exempt and taxable bonds, the major players involved in a bond transaction, and the roles and responsibilities of both public and private sector participants. Plus, learn about the tax-exempt bond market, the ratings process, how to buy and sell bonds, and ongoing continuing disclosure.

This course is essential for public leaders, economic development professionals, financial experts and anyone working to address local economic challenges. Learn how to bring economic growth to your community by utilizing the vast resources of the development bond finance industry.


All courses at CDFA Virtual Summer School qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for one, two, three, or four courses during this two-week-long event. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program. Join us online, and start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

The schedule for CDFA Virtual Summer School is outlined below. Click on the course name to learn more about the topic and agenda:

CDFA Virtual Summer School: Week 1 Course Schedule

Monday & Tuesday
August 3-4, 2020
Wednesday & Thursday
August 5-6, 2020


CDFA Virtual Summer School: Week 2 Course Schedule

Monday & Tuesday
August 10-11, 2020
Wednesday & Thursday
August 12-13, 2020


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Course Objectives

  • Discuss the difference between governmental and private activity bonds and when to use them.
  • Learn which projects qualify for financing using industrial development bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds, and other forms of private activity bonds.
  • Discover best practices employed by successful issuing authorities from across the country.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the various players involved in a bond transaction and why each of their roles is important.
  • Examine the bond transaction process from start to finish.
  • Review federal tax rules and filing requirements.

Topics Covered

  • Governmental and Qualified Private Activity Bonds
  • Small Issue and 501(c)(3) Bonds
  • Internal Revenue Code Rules
  • Roles of Bond Counsel, Underwriters and Trustees
  • Bond Ratings and Credit Analysis
  • Structuring and Sizing Bond Issues
  • How Bonds are Sold
  • Ongoing Continuing Disclosure

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

Darnell Moses Darnell Moses
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Vice President
As Vice President of Development Finance with CDFA, Mr. Moses works within all facets of CDFA. His expertise enhances the work in Research and Technical Assistance, including working on CDFA Publications; Government Affairs including participating... (More)

-Agenda

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wed 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Welcome & Overview
Welcome participants, introduce CDFA, and set the stage for the course.
Wed 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Why Bond Financing?
Tax-exempt bonds help stimulate public and private investment in job creation, business and industry expansion, economic and physical redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, and renewable energy production, among many other projects. In fact, tax-exempt bonds are issued by over 50,000 state and local governments and authorities representing a three trillion dollar industry. To begin the course, we will look at the importance of tax-exempt bonds, the types of projects and businesses they support, and discuss why tax-exempt bonds are one of the nation’s most critical economic engines.
Wed 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
The Basics of Bond Finance
Bonds are the bedrock of development finance and are the cornerstone of most development finance projects. This session will introduce the basics, including the various types of bonds (both tax-exempt and taxable), the general process for issuing bonds, important terms, and key players in the transaction.
Wed 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Break
Wed 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
The Partners Involved
Every bond transaction requires the careful involvement of many players. This session will look at the roles that the issuer, underwriter, financial advisor, bond counsel, trustee, and rating agencies play in a bond transaction. We will discuss the responsibilities of each player, selecting the right team of partners, and any special documents that need to be produced.
Wed 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Break
Wed 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Types of Tax-Exempt Bonds
Knowing the differences between governmental and private activity bonds is an essential element of issuing bonds. This session will explain the key differences, and then outline the variety of tax-exempt bonds available, focusing primarily on industrial development bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds for non-profits, exempt facility bonds, among others. We will discuss the types of projects that may qualify for this form of financing, and the caveats for their use.
Wed 5:00 PM
Adjourn

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thu 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Revisiting Day 1
The first day of the Intro Bond Finance WebCourse looked at bonds from a global perspective and introduced the basic concepts and players involved. At the start of Day 2, we will review some important terms and set the stage for the remaining sessions focused on the more technical aspects of bond financing, including the rules and structuring the bond issue.
Thu 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Issuing Bonds - The Rules
Tax-exempt bonds are governed by a series of strict rules depending on the type of project and bond being used. This session will discuss the basic rules for issuing tax-exempt bonds, including the private business use test, alternative minimum tax, volume cap, use of proceeds, TEFRA hearings, and other important rules from the federal government. We will also look at post issuance compliance policies and provide a brief overview of the important items to monitor during compliance, including bond proceeds and arbitrage and rebate.
Thu 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Break
Thu 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Structuring the Deal
The structure of a bond issue will influence several other decisions, including the size and borrowing costs. This session will look at the sources and uses of funds and explain how best to structure a bond to meet the needs of the borrower. We will consider the variety of tools that could be combined with bonds when structuring a deal, including loan funds, tax credits, tax increment financing, credit enhancement, and others. The panel will also address repayment, maturity schedules, legal limitations, market conditions, how bonds are sold, and the process of bringing a bond deal to market.
Thu 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing the Deal
A bond issue can only be successful if it is closed properly. This session will pull all of the themes of the course together and explain the final important steps to closing the deal. Case study examples of deals will be presented, as well as lessons learned, potential continuing disclosure requirements, and last-minute problem solving techniques.
Thu 5:00 PM
Adjourn

-Location


CDFA Virtual Summer School will meet each day from 12:00-5:00 pm (Eastern) online. You must have access to a computer and phone to attend.

-Registration

This course will be offered at CDFA Virtual Summer School, a 2- week long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. Participants may register for one, two, three, or four courses during CDFA Virtual Summer School.

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

When you register for four courses during CDFA Summer School, you will receive a $100 discount off the total registration fee.

Click the Register button to view the total fees and discounts available for CDFA Virtual Summer School.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $300
Non-Member: $450


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CDFA National Sponsors

  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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