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CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable

2013 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Conference

--Financing Industry, Infrastructure & Redevelopment through Creative Approaches--

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

CDFA would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring the 2013 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Conference.

Annual Roundtable Sponsor

Ballard Spahr
Kutak Rock
PNC Capital Markets

Conference Supporting Sponsor

Dilworth Paxson LLP
Duane Morris Government Strategies

For information about sponsoring the CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement or contact CDFA.


Join the CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable this October 30, for our annual conference focused on "Financing Industry, Infrastructure & Redevelopment through Creative Approaches". This one-day conference will feature a number of economic development finance experts and leaders from around the state discussing new development finance tools, resources, authorities, and approaches and how these methods can move Pennsylvania’s economy forward. Topics to be discussed include energy, infrastructure, redevelopment, loan funds, innovation capital, federal funding and much more.

The conference will take place at The Conference Center at Central Penn College in Harrisburg and is attended by dozens of the state's finest development finance leaders. Register today to reserve your spot.


The following is the preliminary agenda scheduled for this conference. The main areas of content outlined below will be covered, but modifications may be made to accommodate speakers and timing. Check this page regularly for confirmed agenda and other updates.

8:30 am Registration Opens

9:00 – 9:10 am Welcoming Remarks

To kick off the second annual CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA President & CEO Toby Rittner will deliver welcoming remarks and provide an overview of the nation’s development finance climate.


Toby Rittner, DFCP, EDFP
President & CEO
Council of Development Finance Agencies

9:10 – 10:10 am Bonds in the Keystone State

Tax-exempt bonds are the bedrock of public finance. They have been used to help build thousands of public and private projects, including roads, bridges, sewers, dams, city halls, schools, hospitals, libraries, and low-income housing. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania possesses some of the most sophisticated and effective bond financing programs of any state in the nation. During this session, speakers from bond agencies and capital market firms will explore bond financing case examples which have proven to be effective tools in addressing critical infrastructure needs, supporting community development initiatives, and driving business and industry investment.


Marty Marasco
President & CEO
Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation


Jeffrey Blumenfeld
Of Counsel
Kutak Rock LLP

David M. Payne, Jr.
PNC Capital Markets

Scott E. Shearer
Managing Director
Public Financial Management

10:10 – 10:20 am Networking Break

10:20 – 11:20 am Strategies for Revitalization & Redevelopment

In the wake of an economic downturn, many communities are left with sites, projects, districts, or entire urban cores requiring redevelopment and revitalization. As a solution to these challenges, tools such as Tax Increment Financing, Special Assessment Districts, and Brownfield Remediation have emerged as strategies to concentrate development opportunities into targeted locations. Within this session, presenters will discuss their experiences using these powerful finance mechanisms to catalyze public improvements that spur private investment.


Michael Gaughan
Senior Associate
PNC Capital Markets


Michael Pehur
Development Finance Consulting Director
Duane Morris Government Strategies

Craig Petrasic
Assistant Director, Center for Private Financing
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

11:20 am – 12:00 pm Creative Tax Credit Solutions

Tax credits have been used by both the Federal and State government as a method to influence businesses to take certain actions, such as locating in specific areas, hiring disadvantaged workers, expanding research and development, investing in new technologies, and increasing the supply of affordable housing. During this session, tax credit specialists will explain the fundamentals of these performance based in incentives and use case studies to demonstrate their effectiveness in achieving economic and community development goals.


Scott Doyle
Division Chief
Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission

David Evans
Executive Director
Commonwealth Cornerstone Group

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker

1:15 – 2:00 pm Industrial Development Financing

Pennsylvania offers low-interest loan financing as a means to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to thrive. These efforts have resulted in the creation and retention of thousands of jobs and millions in new capital investment. During this session, state and local government officials will explain the details of financing programs which are available to advance industrial development.


Sam Macrina
Senior Vice President
Manufacturing Economic Development Financing Association

Gary Smith
Executive Director
Chester County Industrial Development Authority

2:00 – 2:15 pm Networking Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm Energy Efficiency Financing

What's new in the energy financing landscape? Despite market constraints and questions about the long term viability of new technology, innovative energy deals are being done across Pennsylvania and all over the country. During this session, leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy financing will be brought together to share best practices and deal strategies.


John Hayes
President & COO
AFC First Financial Corporation

Roger E. Clark
Manager, Sustainable Development Fund
The Reinvestment Fund

3:00 – 4:00 pm Maximizing the Federal Funding Toolbox

Whether you are working in an urban, suburban, or rural area of the commonwealth, the federal government has hundreds of finance resources available to assist with your project. Join us as representatives from several federal agencies describe the tools and programs which are available to support community and economic development efforts in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Michael Kane
Harrisburg Branch Manager
U.S. Small Business Administration

Jane C. W. Vincent
Region III Regional Administrator
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michael Ward
Community Facilities Program Director and Acting Housing Program Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture

4:00 pm Resources for Supporting Development Finance & Closing Remarks

There are hundreds of finance resources in the development finance toolbox, yet economic developers continue to rely on a select few. As we wrap up the 2013 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Conference, attendees will get a brief overview of the resources, tools, strategies and opportunities for supporting development finance in the Keystone State.


Toby Rittner, DFCP, EDFP
President & CEO
Council of Development Finance Agencies


The 2013 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Conference will take place at The Conference Center at Central Penn College.

The Conference Center at Central Penn College
600 College Hill and Valley Road
Summerdale, PA 17093
Phone: 717-728-2304

From the East:
Take I-76 West (PA Turnpike) get off at Exit 247 (Harrisburg East). Take center lane to I-83 North toward Hazleton/Lewistown. Follow signs to I-81. Take I-81 South toward Carlisle. Take Exit 65 (Enola) onto Routes 11/15 South (Enola). From Routes 11/15 travel one half mile and turn right at the traffic light onto Valley Road. The Conference Center is on the left.

From the North:
Take Routes 11/15 South or I-81 South to Exit 65 (Enola) onto Routes 11/15 South. About one half mile south of I-81, turn right onto Valley Road. The Conference Center is on the left.

From the South:
Take I-83 North to Rt. 581 West (Exit 41A). Follow Rt. 581 West to I-81 North (Exit 1A). Take I-81 Exit to Exit 65 (Enola) to Routes 11/15 South. Turn right onto Valley Road. The Conference Center is on the left.

From the West:
Take I-76 East (PA Turnpike) to Exit 226 (Carlisle). Go north on I-81 to Exit 65 (Enola) onto Routes 11/15 South. Turn right onto Valley Road. The Conference Center is on the left.

Complimentary parking is available in the lots surrounding the conference center.

Nearby hotels are available based upon availability.

Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg West
2055 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
2.5 miles from conference center

Quality Inn Riverview
501 North Enola Road
Enola, PA 17025
.4 miles from conference center


Registration rates vary depending on whether you are a CDFA member or non-member.

CDFA Member: $125
Non-Member: $175