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COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Strategies for Catalyzing Investment in Communities

During the April 10, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, Bruce Katz from Drexel University, Rachel Reilly from the Economic Innovation Group, and Katie Kramer from CDFA examined relief efforts run by local governments, philanthropic organizations, chambers, and other local entities to support main street.

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Opening Remarks - 0:00
Katie Kramer, Moderator
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies


Strategies for Catalyzing Investment in Communities - 11:36
Bruce Katz
Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab
Drexel University

Rachel Reilly
Director of Impact Strategy
Economic Innovation Group


Panel Discussion & Audience Questions - 27:47
Katie Kramer, Moderator

  • Strategies for capitalizing Small Business Relief programs
  • The latest on Opportunity Zones and investor demand
  • Driving capital to the communities and businesses who need it most
  • Long-term recovery efforts; how DFAs can lead
  • Lessons learned from previous natural disasters and economic downturns

About the Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefings

CDFA hosted weekly briefings about development finance COVID-19 news and resources. These one-hour phone calls featured legislative updates, news from our members, state and local financing strategies, and lessons learned from previous development finance responses to disasters. The briefings were held every Friday at 1:00 PM (Eastern) from March 27 - May 15, 2020

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