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CDFA is 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 and non-governmental and private organizations ranging from investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, and other organizations interested in development finance. CDFA provides a number of avenues for assisting the development finance industry including education, advocacy, research, resources and networking. CDFA supports thousands of development finance stakeholders throughout the country. Membership is vital to CDFA’s ability to serve the industry. Click below to learn more about membership and to join today!

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-Benefits

CDFA greatly appreciates the support of our members and, in return, we offer the following benefits:

Dedicated & Effective Legislative & Federal Representation on Capitol Hill

CDFA is the voice of development finance on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington, DC. Our dedicated Legislative & Federal Affairs team advocates on behalf of the industry, addressing its most pressing concerns. The Council routinely provides congressional offices advice, research, testimony, and legislative language that help advance the industry.

Discounted Registration Rates for CDFA Training Courses, State Conferences & National Development Finance Summit

CDFA Members receive reduced rates to all CDFA events, including CDFA Training Institute courses, state conferences, the National Development Finance Summit, and other workshops and seminars. This benefit proves the most significant financial compensation for membership and can ultimately cover the cost of annual dues.

Exclusive Access to the CDFA Online Resource Database

The CDFA Online Resource Database is a searchable directory of thousands of articles, publications, case studies, documents, web pages, guides, search engines and other development finance related resources. It is the only online database dedicated exclusively to development finance. The database is updated daily with items from a wide variety of industry topics. Nearly 90% of the material in the Online Resource Database is restricted to members only and access to the database is an exclusive member benefit.

Exclusive Access to the CDFA Federal Financing Clearinghouse

The Federal Financing Clearinghouse is an up-to-date index of federal programs. The Clearinghouse is routinely updated to ensure real-time accuracy. When Agencies change their programs, we will change our listings. Access to the Clearinghouse is an exclusive member benefit.

Exclusive Access to the CDFA State Financing Program Directory

The CDFA State Financing Program Directory is the first and only-of-its-kind designed to showcase the development finance programs offered by state governments. The CDFA State Financing Program Directory includes overviews of hundreds of state financing programs available to both public and private sector users. The CDFA State Financing Program Directory is an exclusive member benefit.

Reduced Rates for Publications in the CDFA Bookstore & Special Offers from Industry Partners

CDFA offers members reduced rates through the online bookstore. Aside from the original CDFA publications, CDFA has partnered with Novogradac & Company to provide their industry publications at a reduced rate to Council members.

Exclusive Discount to Purchase informANALYTICS

CDFA has developed an exclusive partnership with the Center for Governmental Research. As part of that collaboration, CDFA members receive exclusive discounts to purchase informANALYTICS, a cost benefit analysis tool designed for economic development professionals to quickly and reliably assess the direct and spillover economic impacts of a proposed project. Visit informANALYTICS to learn more.

Exclusive Discount to Purchase PORTFOL

CDFA has developed an exclusive partnership with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). Through this collaboration, CDFA members receive exclusive discounts to purchase PORTFOL, a fully-integrated, multi-user portfolio management system that tracks activities from the initial call and deal structuring, through the lending approval process, and on to the servicing of the loan. Visit PORTFOL to learn more.

Exclusive Discount to Purchase a Subscription to The Bond Buyer

CDFA Members are eligible to purchase a per-user subscription to The Bond Buyer at a 55% discount off of the Issuer Rate. This benefit is available to members in the State or Local Issuer category who are purchasing a new subscription. CDFA Members who purchase a per-user subscription for $350/annually will receive access to The Bond Buyer in both print and electronic media. Should an agency/entity wish to purchase more than five new users at the same time, a deeper discount will be applied. Contact CDFA for more information regarding the activation of this benefit.

*This benefit is available to issuers only. Private sector members are not eligible to receive this special rate. Issuers with existing subscriptions are not eligible to receive this benefit.

Complimentary Subscription to GOVERNING Magazine

CDFA members receive a free one-year subscription to GOVERNING magazine, a savings of $19.95. GOVERNING is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders.

Complimentary Job Postings in CDFA's Weekly E-Newsletter

CDFA members have the opportunity to post job openings, free of charge, in CDFA’s Development Finance Review Weekly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is sent to thousands of professionals throughout the country and is a great way to promote your job opening and organization. Members may post each job opening two times in the e-newsletter. Non-members pay $500 to post jobs, representing a major savings for CDFA members.

Complimentary RFP Postings in CDFA's Weekly E-Newsletter

Looking for specific expertise or a diverse response to your request for proposals (RFP)? CDFA members receive complimentary RFP postings in CDFA’s Development Finance Review Weekly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is sent to thousands of professionals from both the public and private sector and is sure to reach a broad audience to meet your needs. Members may post each RFP two times in the e-newsletter. Non-members pay $500 for RFP postings, representing a significant savings for CDFA members.

Individualized Technical Assistance Services

CDFA’s professional staff and network provides members access to CDFA’s extensive knowledge of the development finance industry. Members have unprecedented access to thousands of development finance professionals at a moment’s notice.

Your membership helps support CDFA's:

  • Highly Acclaimed Training Institute
  • Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program
  • State Conferences & Resources
  • Online Resource Database
  • Development Finance Review Weekly e-newsletter
  • Daily Industry Headlines & Articles
  • In-depth Research on Volume Cap, TIF, Recommended Practices, and More
  • Popular & Free Webcast Series
  • Specialized Working Groups on Development Finance Industry Topics
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- Dues

Memberships at CDFA are for the entire organization, meaning that everyone at the organization can access CDFA member benefits. For questions about the category that best fits your organization, contact CDFA.

State Issuer, Agency, Department or Division (Financing & Non-Financing)

SizeDuesFinancing
Average Issuance per Year:
Non Financing:
Services a Population:
Small$750Under $45 millionUnder 2 million
 
Medium$1575$45 to $124 millionBetween 2-6 million
 
Large$2625 Over $125 millionOver 6 million

Local Issuer, Agency, Department or Division (Financing & Non-Financing)

SizeDuesFinancing
Average Issuance per Year:
Non Financing:
Services a Population:
Small$400Under $25 millionUnder 100,000
 
Medium$750$25 to $74 millionBetween 100,000-250,000
 
Large$1575Over $75 millionOver 250,000

Financial, Investment, Legal & Private Service Providers

SizeDuesCriteria
Local$525Offices in 1 state only
 
Regional$1050Offices in 2-5 states
 
National$2625Offices in 6+ states

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- CDFA Member Directory

CDFA represents hundreds of development finance agencies and industry stakeholders throughout the country. To view the full list of current members, log in with your CDFA account. You must be an active CDFA member to access the directory.

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CDFA National Sponsors

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