National Development Finance Summit 2022

National Summit Agenda

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Tue 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CDFA Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Wed 8:00 AM
Registration Open
Mezzanine Foyer
Wed 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
CDFA Equitable Access to Capital Programs Kick-Off
Development Finance Agencies participating in the newly launched CDFA EC-Tech (Equitable Capital Technology) Initiative and CDFA Minority Capital Loan Guarantee Program will gather for an official kick-off and onboarding workshop.

This is a private event.
Speaker(s)
Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course (Optional, Extra Fee Event)
The Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course will help attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available including bonds, tax credits, tax increment financing (TIF), federal financing programs, RLFs, Opportunity Zones, and access to capital lending resources. This is an extra fee event.

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Sponsor

Moderator(s)
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Intro Infrastructure Finance Course (Optional, Extra Fee Event)
Financing infrastructure has become one of the nation’s most pressing concerns. Communities throughout the country are aggressively searching for innovative strategies and solutions for building and operating transportation, energy, water, broadband, resiliency, and other infrastructure. The development finance toolbox provides a vast array of capital solutions - including federal and state grants and loans, bonds, tax increment financing, tax credits, revolving loan funds, opportunity zones, and public-private partnerships - all of which can be packaged in a myriad of ways.

The Intro Infrastructure Finance Course will bring together development finance experts from different infrastructure disciplines to analyze the financing tools being used nationwide. This interactive course will help communities understand the fundamental concepts behind infrastructure projects with a focus on raising capital to achieve local and regional needs. In addition, this course will explore the cutting-edge structures and approaches being deployed to accelerate new investment in America’s 21st-century infrastructure. This is an extra fee event.

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Moderator(s)
  • Zeyu Zhang, Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Wed 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SSBCI Convening (CDFA Members Only - Registration Required)
States, U.S. Territories, Tribal Governments, and Washington, D.C. have now submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury proposed strategies for deploying nearly $10 billion in funding through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). During this meeting, speakers will discuss the current state of the SSBCI Program, share insights on how SSBCI capital is being used to fund small business financing and technical assistance programs, and talk about what small business stakeholders need to know as the program is implemented. This is a members only event.
Sponsor

Moderator(s)
  • Rachel Reilly, Senior Advisor, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Mitchell Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Jeff Stout, Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Wed 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
J. Tommy Espinoza Growing Diverse Housing Developers Fellowship Convening
Participants in the Growing Diverse Housing Developers Fellowship are invited to join Raza Development Fund and CDFA for an exclusive pre-Summit session. This time will include remarks from a keynote speaker, networking time with the Fellows, and a group dinner to follow.

This is a private event.
Wed 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
New Member & First Time Attendee Meet and Greet
Kick-start your National Development Finance Summit by meeting with fellow new members and first time attendees to maximize your conference experience. Network with some of CDFA’s Development Certified Finance Professionals, staff members, and long-time attendees to start making lasting connections. We want to ensure you have a seamless and successful experience at the Summit. Light refreshments will be served.
Wed 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
CDFA National Summit Kickoff Reception
Confluence Ballroom
In keeping with CDFA tradition, the 2022 National Development Finance Summit will kick-off with some great food, tasty drinks, and exciting entertainment at the beautiful Westin Denver Downtown. Join your fellow CDFA friends and colleagues in a casual and festive National Summit atmosphere as we commemorate being back together in-person.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Thu 8:00 AM
Registration Open
Mezzanine Foyer
Thu 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome to the CDFA National Development Finance Summit!
Confluence Ballroom
Join CDFA and this year's Presenting Sponsor, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, as we kick of the 2022 National Development Finance Summit.
Speaker(s)
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Cris White, Executive Director and CEO, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Thu 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
Salon AB, Salon C
Bond Financing in an Unpredictable Market
It has been almost three years since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the crisis has changed the economy significantly. Bonds, as the bedrock of public development finance, serve as the primary source for financing most community projects. During this session, hear experts discuss how the ongoing pandemic has affected the municipal bond market and analyze the challenges and opportunities facing a fluctuating bond market. Together, we will look at the future of bond financing and how investors and communities can make the most of the capital markets.
Moderator(s)
Speaker(s)
  • Chris Burnham, President, Development Finance Authority of Summit County
  • Lynda Templen, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • John Wooten, Head of Municipal Placements, Wells Fargo Securities
Hear From Experts: New Markets Tax Credit Landscape
What’s the latest in New Market Tax Credits (NMTC)? Conversation will include different project types that have successfully used NMTCs, along with ways to structure deals with NMTCs and other forms of capital. Bring your questions and get ready to learn about this catalytic financing tool.
Speaker(s)
Unlocking Capital for Native American Communities
More capital than ever before has been allocated to support tribal-based projects and small businesses, both those located on tribal land and those owned by Native Americans. Developing an understanding of tribal business practices and engaging with trusted partners is critical to successfully deploying capital. This session will feature insights on preserving and growing tribal communities by unlocking development finance tools.
Speaker(s)
  • Leonard Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Development Corporation
  • Shannon Ward, Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Native American Bank
Thu 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Salon AB, Salon C
CDFA Minority Capital Loan Guarantee Program
In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CDFA Minority Capital Loan Guarantee Program is a new initiative to help development finance agencies improve their lending to underserved borrowers through dynamic technical assistance services and game-changing guarantee support. During this session, hear from the leaders who built this program as well as some of the pilot communities participating in the launch. Learn how this program will grow over time and how development finance agencies can engage in the future.
Moderator(s)
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
Financing Innovative Food Systems Infrastructure
Demand for local food continues to grow, but food supply chain bottlenecks inhibit market opportunities for food system actors across the country. Meanwhile, a global pandemic has brought to light the fragility of the U.S. food system as slaughterhouses and processing facilities struggle with supply chain dynamics. Investment in innovative technology and physical food systems infrastructure - like processing, aggregation, and distribution facilities - is essential to increase capacity in local food economies. During this session, we will highlight financing opportunities for reinvesting in local food and supporting innovative infrastructure.
Speaker(s)
Underwriting Clean Energy Projects
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has set the United States on a course to become more sustainable and resilient via clean energy investment. Green financing tools, like Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and green bonds, are among the economic development tools that can work alongside IIJA funding to advance clean-energy goals. During this session, experts will discuss a variety of green financing tools and how they can be used to fund sustainable projects.
Speaker(s)
Thu 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Keynote with CHFA - Lunch Provided
Sponsor

Speaker(s)
  • Frank Altman, CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund, Inc.
  • Jaime G. Gomez, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Thu 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions
Salon AB, Salon C
Cannabis Financing 101
Many states have legalized recreational cannabis, and even more have legalized medicinal cannabis. As the list of states embracing recreational cannabis expands, there is an ever-increasing need for equitable financing programs. During this session, expert panelists will spotlight how revenue generated from the legalization of cannabis is being used to create innovative programs at both the state and local levels and best practices for structuring cannabis financing deals.
Moderator(s)
Speaker(s)
Catalyzing Redevelopment Projects
Tax Increment Finance has historically been used by communities throughout the country to channel funding toward improvements in distressed or underdeveloped areas where development would not otherwise occur, but not all TIF deals are created equal. In communities across the country, TIF is being used in conjunction with special assessments to spur some of the country’s most impactful redevelopment projects. Join us for this session to learn creative approaches to utilizing TIF and special assessments and ways they are catalyzing redevelopment projects around the country.
Moderator(s)
Speaker(s)
Running an Effective Revolving Loan Fund
Revolving Loan Funds offer an essential source of affordable capital for small businesses, yet effective management approaches are necessary for an RLF to reach its full potential. This session will identify key aspects of RLF management that improve efficiency and allow loan funds to focus more of their time on achieving impactful outcomes. Speakers will discuss options and best practices for borrower intake, evaluation, decision-making, servicing, and other aspects of loan fund management.
Moderator(s)
Speaker(s)
  • Michelle Beecher, Loan Officer, Rural Nevada Development Corporation
  • Steve Boice, Manager - Business Finance, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
  • Ken Pearson, Loan Fund Manager, Northwest Regional Planning Commission
  • Marie Peters, Fund Director, B: Side Capital & B: Side Fund
Thu 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Salon AB, Salon C
Financing Critical Infrastructure
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is coming up on its one-year anniversary and has sent ripples of hope to America’s aging infrastructure. This funding invests in various areas such as roads, bridges, power and grid, passenger and freight rail, and broadband. With more detailed implementing guidelines available for new programs, communities are closer to securing funding and engaging in transformational projects. In this session, experts will walk attendees through the process of preparing for and financing their infrastructure projects.
Speaker(s)
Innovation in SSBCI Lending
The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) encourages state and local governments to serve the hardest-to-reach small businesses in their communities. In response, SSBCI leaders have crafted financing and technical assistance programs tailored to address gaps in capital availability and meet the unique needs of historically disadvantaged small business owners and micro-enterprises. During this session, speakers will describe the innovative approaches they are taking to expand access to capital for small businesses and share insights on replicating these strategies.
Moderator(s)
  • Keith Rachey, EVP, Chief Impact and Strategy Officer, Community Reinvestment Fund, Inc.
  • Rachel Reilly, Senior Advisor, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Structuring Challenging Bond Deals
It’s wild out there! Trying to get a bond priced in today’s market and fully seeing a transaction through to completion has been difficult for many projects and communities. Join us for a discussion about solutions and approaches that have been working despite challenges. During this session, experts will evaluate the complex process of structuring deals, how to engage investors, and the latest problem-solving techniques. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of bond financing, with case studies to demonstrate how bonds can be used in action.
Moderator(s)
Speaker(s)
Thu 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Drinks with Toby
Join Toby Rittner, CDFA's President & CEO, for an early evening reception and share your stories about what you've learned at the CDFA National Summit so far. Come for the networking, stay for the drinks!
Thu 6:00 PM
CDFA 40th Anniversary Celebration
Confluence Ballroom
Join us as we look back on and celebrate 40 years of CDFA!
Sponsor

Friday, November 4, 2022

Fri 8:00 AM
Registration Open
Mezzanine Foyer
Fri 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
CDFA Legislative Breakfast
Confluence Ballroom
The nation will soon elect the 118th Congress, and with that comes potential changes in leadership and committee assignments. How should the development finance industry prepare? Grab some breakfast and join CDFA’s government affairs team to discuss the state of play, where Congress stands on private activity bonds and key tax issues, and what CDFA’s policy priorities should be going into the new year.
Moderator(s)
  • Richard Frampton, Executive Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Mitchell Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Fri 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Federal Grant Writing Workshop
Lawrence A
Applying for federal grants is a competitive process that requires a significant amount of time and planning prior to submission. It is essential for applicants to know how to navigate the available funding sources and prepare the necessary information to apply well in advance. This session will provide guidance and best practices on the various components of a federal grant application. This includes project planning and timeline development, budgeting, establishing partnerships, and conducting the background research and assessments necessary to justify the investment.

Join CDFA for a federal grant writing session focused on best practices for applying to federal grants. Speakers in this session will cover strategies, themes, and trends to write successful grant proposals for funding opportunities across federal agencies. During this workshop, attendees will have a chance to share their challenges and ask questions.
Moderator(s)
  • Mitchell Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
Minority Lending Workshop
Lawrence B
Accessible small business lending is a critical component of economic justice, yet many loan funds struggle to connect with the full diversity of borrowers in their community. This workshop will break down how lenders can build relationships with underserved groups, adapt lending approaches to reach a wider range of borrowers, and make organizational changes to further support the lender’s mission. CDFA leadership will be joined by direct lenders to share best practices and lessons learned from their own successes in better serving minority borrowers.
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