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CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
April 13, July 13, October 12
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern

-Overview

The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free, exclusive online series connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This series will showcase how development finance agencies from across the country are investing in local food systems. Development finance agencies will present case studies of projects – from farmers’ markets, food processors, farmers, restaurants, food hubs, and more – explaining how the financing tool works and why that financing tool was chosen for each project. Each installment of this series will explore how the development finance toolbox can be used to generate investment for different focus areas, such as disaster relief, neighborhood redevelopment, entrepreneurs, and more.


Below are the recordings to the previous webinars in this series:


§ Disaster Recovery for the Food System – April 16, 2020
§ The Landscape of Food Systems Finance – May 28, 2020
§ Neighborhood Revitalization Through Food Systems Finance – July 30, 2020
§ Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs – September 29, 2020
§ Financing Food-Centered Redevelopment – April 13, 2021


With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance approaches. The premise of this project is to suggest and then prove that, if organized and defined properly, the food system can become a defined asset class worthy of traditional investment. Through this work, CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.


>>> Learn more about CDFA’s initiative to define the food system asset class

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-Agenda

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Financing Food-Centered Redevelopment
Food is a critical component of local economies. How food-related businesses and infrastructure – such as local restaurants, farmers markets, kitchen incubators, aggregation facilities – among others are incorporated into community development plans and large projects can significantly impact the entire community and beyond. During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we will explore how investing in food-centered redevelopment can restore local food systems infrastructure, catalyze additional neighborhood development, and protect healthy, sustainable communities.
Moderator(s)
  • Allison Rowland, Manager, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Jason Chamlee, VP of Mixed Use, The Model Group
  • Joe Hansbauer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Findlay Market
  • Joe Huber, President, Cincinnati Development Fund
  • Erik Pechuekonis, Community Planning and Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Nicole Reitzell, Vice President, Community Engagement, Erie Downtown Development Corporation
  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Financing Food Systems Through FinTech
Local food systems face similar barriers accessing technology as they do financing for small businesses and development projects. Technological innovations have the potential to help build localized food systems that are more equitable, sustainable, and efficient. From agtech to online lending to locavesting, there are a variety of financial technologies - or “fintech” - that can bring capital to small food businesses and invest in communities as they restore their local food system. In this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we will explore how tech innovations are increasing access to financing for food-related businesses and projects, and how finance is supporting the integration of new technology in local food systems.
Moderator(s)
  • Ariel Miller, Manager, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Debunking Risk in Food System Finance
The food system is often perceived as loosely defined and fragmented which leads to many food-related businesses to regularly be perceived as too risky for traditional lending. The perception of risk can be detrimental for the ability of local food-related businesses to access affordable capital. Luckily, the participation of a development finance agency can reduce both real and perceived risks and protect the viability of a project. In this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we will break down the real and perceived risks of lending and discuss a variety of affordable financing solutions that are being employed by development finance agencies to invest in local food-related businesses and projects.
Moderator(s)
  • Ariel Miller, Manager, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Rebecca Busansky, Program Manager, Franklin County Community Development Corporation
  • Ken Pearson, Loan Fund Manager, Northwest Regional Planning Commission
  • Blair Schoenborn, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bridgeway Capital, Inc.

-Location

The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series will take place on Zoom. The webinars will be held on April 13, July 13, and October 12, 2021. You must have access to a computer and internet to attend the webinars.

Webinars will be recorded and placed online for participants to access afterwards. Attendees who miss a webinar will have access to the online recordings as well.

-Registration

Register in advance to confirm your participation and receive login information. Registration is free and open for CDFA members and non-members.

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