Technical Assistance

CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series
March 23, June 1, August 31
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern


Rural communities are facing unique financing challenges, such as a smaller tax base, a less diversified and susceptible economy, and a lack of high-speed internet access. Rural communities have also felt the shockwave of disasters in recent years and are demanding greater reliability, safety, and resiliency of their aging infrastructure systems. To preserve their communities, investments in healthcare, broadband, manufacturing, food systems, and education are crucial. Analyzing innovative and creative funding solutions for rural communities is vital for continuing essential public services, ensuring the viability of small businesses, and the nation’s overall economic development.

The CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series is a three-part series providing information and best practices about financing tools and programs specifically targeted for rural communities. This series is offered as part of the CDFA Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program. Funded by the USDA, this program includes resources accessible to every rural community, a Rural Finance Toolkit, and targeted technical assistance support to rural communities.



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Financing Disaster Resiliency in Rural Communities
The aftermath of a natural disaster often creates an economic disaster as communities struggle to rebuild and support their residents. For rural communities, the shock is often felt more acutely because there are fewer resources to invest in updated infrastructure, housing, and retrofitted buildings. During the first installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, hear about a new technical assistance program from CDFA designed to support rural communities that have recently experienced a natural disaster. Experts will discuss the variety of financing tools available from federal, state, and local sources to encourage investment resilient infrastructure.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Alessandra Jerolleman, Associate Professor of Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University
  • Amanda Martin, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Michelle Stephens, Program Director, California Association for Local Economic Development

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Assembling Capital for Rural Development
Investing in rural communities to support redevelopment, infrastructure, and job creation requires a careful combination of several capital sources, including bonds, TIF, loans, grants, Opportunity Zones, and more. Creative capital stacks are essential to seeing a project to completion. During the second installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, learn about essential financing sources employed by rural communities to complete projects in today’s economy.
  • Jennifer Cummings, Director of Business Programs, Finance Authority of Maine
  • Johanna Nelson, Strategic Program Manager, New Mexico Economic Development Department
  • Adam Rose, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Growth, Travois New Markets, LLC

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Best Practices for Rural Development Finance Agencies
There are hundreds of development finance agencies working in concert to support rural communities. They exist at all levels of government, in communities of all sizes, and provide financing programs to address multiple capital needs. How do you find a development finance agency that is the right fit for your rural community? During the third installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, discover best practices of development finance agencies to help you identify the right partner for your projects.
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Mary Kerner, CEO, Rural Nevada Development Corporation
  • Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow/Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution


The CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series will take place on Zoom. The webinars will take place on March 23, June 1, and August 31, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern). 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.


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