Technical Assistance


Samuel Bozzolla

Implementing the Development Finance Toolbox
Thursday January 24 4:15 - 5:00 PM

Business Development Specialist
Allegheny County Economic Development

Samuele Bozzolla was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. He has a graduate degree in International Business and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Bozzolla began working with Allegheny County government in 1989 in the office of former Allegheny County Commissioner Pete Flaherty. He has been with the Department of Economic Development since 1996. Presently he is a project manager with the Authorities Division within the Department. Mr. Bozzolla enjoys playing golf, listening to opera, teaching Italian and traveling to Europe.

Price Finley

Targeted Tools
Wednesday January 23 3:15 - 5:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Price Finley is a partner in the law firm of Bricker & Eckler and a member of its Public Finance group. Price has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of public finance, including local government, economic development finance, port authority financings, and other structured and project financings. He has served as bond counsel, issuer counsel, developer counsel, and underwriter’s counsel for infrastructure and economic development transactions. Price has substantial experience in the use of various economic development tools, including frequent use of tax increment finance (TIF) and has created and served as counsel for Ohio's new community authority financings (also known as community development authorities or CDA). In addition, Price's practice includes representation of developers and local communities in development finance arrangements, including property tax abatements (CRA and EZ), job creation tax credits (JCTC), joint economic development districts (JEDD), special improvement districts (SID), and financings involving Ohio port authorities. He has also assisted with the drafting of development agreements for economic development projects.

Price is a member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Ohio Economic Development Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He received his undergraduate degree from Capital University and his JD/MBA from The Ohio State University.

Richard Frampton

Bedrock Tools
Wednesday January 23 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Executive Vice President
Illinois Finance Authority

Rich Frampton is Exective Vice President for the IFA’s Business/Industry segment and its 501(c)(3) Bond financing segment with the Illinois Finance Authority in Chicago. Rich serves on the CDFA Board of Directors and has been an active member of CDFA’s Legislative Committee as well as a participant in CDFA’s Annual Summits for many years.

Mr. Frampton has been with the Illinois Finance Authority since its inception in 2004 and had been at its predecessor (the Illinois Development Finance Authority) since 1985. IFA has a broad statutory mandate that includes issuing Industrial Development Revenue Bonds, Solid Waste Disposal Revenue Bonds and other Exempt Facilities Bonds, 501(c)(3) Revenue Bonds, and Local Government Bonds issued for essential purpose local government and school district projects.

The Illinois Finance Authority is regularly ranked among the Top 25 Tax-Exempt Issuers nationally, and is typically among the top 5 issuers of non-governmental bonds nationally according to Thomson Reuters. Mr. Frampton has closed over 425 project financings totaling over $10 Billion across over several tax-exempt sectors.

Mr. Frampton has a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MPA in Finance from Northern Illinois University, and completed commercial lending training through American National Bank of Chicago’s Correspondent Banking Division.

Bob Isaacson

Access to Capital Tools
Thursday January 24 2:45 - 4:00 PM

Executive Director
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Bob Isaacson is Executive Director of DEED’s Office of Business Finance.  In this role, Bob oversees a variety of finance and tax credit programs designed to partner with private lenders to spur business investment and job creation in Minnesota. The office delivers $30 million annually to businesses throughout the state through such programs as the Job Creation Fund, Minnesota Investment Fund, Angel Tax Credit, Angel Loan Fund and the new Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program, a loan program for targeted demographic groups. Bob also serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Agricultural and Economic Development Board which provides loans to growing businesses and issues conduit bonds for eligible organizations. Bob is a member of the DEED’s senior leadership team.

Prior to his current positions, Bob held a variety of economic and financial analysis leadership and staff positions with DEED, the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) in Chicago and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.  Bob received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Jacen Killebrew

Investment Tools
Thursday January 24 12:00 - 2:30 PM

CohnReznick LLP

Barbara Kroncke

Bedrock Tools
Wednesday January 23 1:00 - 3:00 PM

McCarter & English, LLP

Ms. Kroncke is a partner in the Public Finance Group. Ms. Kroncke is experienced in all aspects of public finance, and serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer's counsel, underwriter's counsel, credit enhancement counsel, purchaser's counsel and borrower's counsel on a variety of transactions for a multitude of issues. She has worked on bond issues in these capacities for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and many of its authorities, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Authority.

Ms. Kroncke has served as counsel for bond issues involving housing bonds, industrial development bonds for industrial and commercial enterprises and bonds issued on behalf of not-for-profit institutions, including hospitals, colleges and universities, secondary schools, cultural institutions and behavioral services institutions within and outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

David Misky

Targeted Tools
Wednesday January 23 3:15 - 5:00 PM

Assistant Executive Director
City of Milwaukee

Dave Misky is the Assistant Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, an independent corporation of City government which has a mission to eliminate blighting conditions that inhibit neighborhood reinvestment, to foster and promote business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate new business and housing development. He has 21 years of diversified experience in real estate and economic development with a strong focus on creative financing and environmental issues. He currently oversees the City of Milwaukee’s Real Estate programs including residential and commercial foreclosures, City-developed industrial developments, and Brownfield redevelopment. Dave and his team manage all sizes of developments from small vacant residential lots to vast economic drivers that address development plans, zoning changes, gap financing, stormwater management, and environmental aspects of remediation and sustainability. These projects include major developments along each of the three rivers of the City of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Toby Rittner

Welcome & Overview
Wednesday January 23 12:00 - 12:15 PM

Understanding Development Finance & the Toolbox Approach
Wednesday January 23 12:15 - 1:00 PM

Bedrock Tools
Wednesday January 23 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Targeted Tools
Wednesday January 23 3:15 - 5:00 PM

Investment Tools
Thursday January 24 12:00 - 2:30 PM

Access to Capital Tools
Thursday January 24 2:45 - 4:00 PM

Federal Support Tools
Thursday January 24 4:00 - 4:15 PM

Implementing the Development Finance Toolbox
Thursday January 24 4:15 - 5:00 PM

President & CEO
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Toby Rittner is the President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs. Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council, which includes management of a 32-member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives.

Rittner is one of the most vocal and recognized leaders of the development finance industry nationwide and has advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy. Through his leadership and guidance, CDFA was successful in preserving private activity bonds and other critical development finance tools during the 2017 tax reform deliberations.

Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA's highly acclaimed Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance and co-author of CDFA's Unlocking Capital: A Handbook for Becoming a High Performing Development Finance Agency.

Rittner is an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University teaching planning and finance for sustainable economic development. He is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA.

Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners and the City of Gahanna, Ohio. Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I. Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. Mr. Rittner was awarded the Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016.

Kim Smith

Investment Tools
Thursday January 24 12:00 - 2:30 PM

Butler Snow LLP

Kimberly E. Smith is a member of Butler Snow’s Public Law and Finance Group. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of taxation and public finance law (industrial revenue bonds, municipal bonds, interest rate swaps), economic development incentives, federal and state new markets tax credits law (including CDE, QALICB, leverage lender and equity investor representation, and advice regarding applications for NMTC allocations). Smith is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She earned a L.L.M. in taxation from New York University, a J.D from the University of Mississippi and a B.A. in accounting from Birmingham-Southern College.

Robert Swanger

Bedrock Tools
Wednesday January 23 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Managing Director
Stern Brothers

Mr. Swanger joined the St. Louis office of Stern Brothers in 1998. During his time with the firm he has focused his attentions on project finance transactions including multifamily housing transactions, single family mortgage backed bond transactions, industrial development projects, tax-increment financing and special assessment district transactions. During his tenure he has been involved in hundreds of transactions, representing bond issuance exceeding $1.5 billion in par amount, where the proceeds were used to finance the real estate, equipment and development costs associated with these types of projects.  Prior to joining Stern Brothers & Co., he has worked for national and regional mortgage banking firms with extensive experience in mortgage originations, credit and financial analysis, treasury functions, secondary marketing and mortgage servicing. Mr. Swanger obtained graduate (MBA 1986) and undergraduate (BSBA 1983) degrees from Saint Louis University.

CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • MB Financial Bank, NA
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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