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2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 2-3, 2024
Washington, D.C.

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The Council of Development Finance Agencies will host the 2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 2-3, 2024, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. This exclusive event features expert panels and keynote remarks from leaders in the Biden administration, Congress, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and state and local finance agencies who will discuss a range of federal legislative and policy topics. This will include:
  • The 2024 Presidential and Congressional elections and their impacts
  • Clean energy and resilient infrastructure investments in the IIJA and IRA
  • Investments in Tribal governments
  • The State Small Business Credit Initiative
  • The 2024 Farm Bill
  • Municipal and Private Activity Bonds Markets
  • Legislative Challenges of the 118th Congress
  • The Community Reinvestment Act

  • CDFA also will host a roundtable luncheon where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Housing & Urban Development, Interior, Transportation, and Treasury, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the suite of federal funding opportunities and programs.

    Finally, CDFA will hold a federal funding workshop to help attendees put their best foot forward in accessing trillions of dollars in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and other federal funding opportunities.

    This two-day, information-packed conference is the most important federal event of the year. Don’t miss out on the chance to network, learn, and engage!


    Sponsorship Opportunity

    The Federal Policy Conference attracts leaders and beginners in the industry seeking assistance for their projects and businesses, making the event fantastic for event sponsors to gain greater visibility and new business connections. With a broad array of leaders and beginners in attendance, this is sure to be an excellent environment for networking and outreach. Sponsorship opportunities are limited. Secure your spot today!



2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tue 12:00 PM
Registration Opens
Stop by the CDFA registration desk to pick up your conference materials and name badges.
Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CDFA Welcome and Lunch with Federal Financing Experts
Financing experts from across the federal government will be in attendance for this one-of-a-kind working lunch. Representatives from federal agencies will be seated according to specific development finance topic areas for networking and conversation with attendees. Grab a plate and join discussions about affordable housing, rural development, transportation, brownfields, renewable energy, new markets tax credits, and much more.
  • Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Alex Clegg, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Jimmy Dahman, Senior Advisor for Communications and External Engagement, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Leslie Glover, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Brenda Griffin, Branch Chief, Underwriting Branch, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Mitchell Harrison, Program Analyst, RLF Coordinator, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • David Hincapie, Lender Relations Specialist and Veteran Business Development Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Matt Knutson, Program Analyst, Economic Development Administration
  • Jorge Morales, Community Planning and Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Cassidy Peterson, Program Analyst, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Aimee Storm, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Leslie Temple, Senior Portfolio Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tue 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Networking Break
Tue 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop: The Federal Grant Writing Process
This workshop will share insights and guidance when applying for federal grants, with a focus on using federal funds for economic development and infrastructure projects. Representatives from federal agencies will highlight financing and funding tools available to support such projects, while development finance experts will discuss best practices for identifying, applying for, and administering federal grants.
  • Michael Pehur, Development Finance Consulting Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies
  • Chase Barnes, Assistant Policy Scientist, Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware
  • Joan Kato, Collaborative Campaign Director, GreenLatinos
  • Ross Van Dongen, Director of Infrastructure & Intergovernmental Affairs, Accelerator for America
Tue 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CDFA Federal Policy Conference Kickoff Reception
In typical CDFA fashion, the 2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference will kick-off with a festive atmosphere where you can join your fellow CDFA friends and colleagues to keep the conversations going with a drink and hors d'oeuvres.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wed 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Stop by the CDFA registration desk to pick up your conference materials and name badges.
Wed 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Federal Finance Landscape
Investments made by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act continue to be implemented by the federal apparatus. How will this implementation impact development finance practitioners in 2024? This session will provide a high-level overview of what kinds of programs and projects are receiving funds this year and how these historic investments will impact local, state, and regional communities.
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Wed 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The 2024 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill will likely be passed in 2024 after stalling in 2023. What impacts will it have on the development finance world? This session will explore the various agricultural finance policies that Congress is considering in 2024 and how those policies will impact producers, nonprofits, and communities for the next several years.
  • Josie Montoney-Crawford, Manager, Public Policy, NASDA - National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • Billy Hackett, Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Wed 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Clean Energy and Resilient Infrastructure Investments in the IIJA and IRA
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act invested hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy production and consumption and resilient infrastructure. These bills also enacted sweeping policy changes related to clean energy. This session will discuss those investments and policy changes, how they have been implemented to date, and what their futures look like – especially with limited time for implementation amid the contentious policy debates in Congress.
Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Updates to the Community Reinvestment Act
Originally enacted in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was passed to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of all communities in which they do business. In October 2023, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a final rule amending the agencies’ CRA regulations. This session will review the updated regulations, what these changes mean for the development finance sector, and how they will impact communities all across the United States.
  • Dafina Williams, Vice President, Public Policy, Opportunity Finance Network
Wed 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Networking Luncheon
After a morning of informative panels, CDFA will provide lunch for conference attendees. Grab a bite to eat and network with other development finance professionals.

Wed 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Keynote Luncheon Address
Wed 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The 2024 Presidential and Congressional Elections and Potential Outcomes
The 2024 Presidential and Congressional Elections promise to have lasting impacts on the development finance community. This session will break down the Presidential election and must-watch Congressional races, potential outcomes of those races, and how different outcomes might impact the larger development finance community.
  • Eric Silva, CDFA Legislative Representative, North South Government Strategies
Wed 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Trends in the Bond Market
The issuance volume for municipal bonds ended 2023 with a bang, finishing more than 17% up year-over-year from 2022 and entering 2024 from a position of strength. However, many uncertainties remain on the horizon that could have significant impacts on tax-exempt bonds, including the 2024 elections, climate change, and changing interest rates. This session will explore what may be in store for the bond market in 2024 and how bond finance practitioners may be impacted.
  • Liz Farmer, Officer, Fiscal 50, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Emily Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, Government Finance Officers Association
Wed 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Networking Break
Wed 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The State of the State Small Business Credit Initiative in 2024
Now in its second full year of implementation, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) 2.0 has deployed nearly $1 billion in funds through the SSBCI Capital Program to 79 states, territories, and tribal governments, as well as over $200 million through the SSBCI Technical Assistance Grant Program. Despite the success of this deployment, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has plans to refine and enhance the continued implementation of the SSBCI Program. This session will present Treasury’s plans for improvement and how various jurisdictions will engage these funds to further support small business in the United States.
  • Ron Busby, President & Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
  • Kaaren-Lyn Graves, Executive Director, NABEDC/Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Stout, Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Wed 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Measuring Impacts of New Federal Initiatives in Indian Country
Over the past few years, the White House and Congress have made unprecedented investments in entrepreneurship, education, workforce development, resilience, and infrastructure in tribal communities. These investments have been paired with numerous policy changes to address historic inequities among tribal governments. This session will identify federal funding programs and administrative policy changes that are having substantial impacts in Native American homes, businesses, and communities nationwide.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Capitol Hill Day
CDFA is headed to Capitol Hill. This time will be used to conduct legislative briefings and visit with Congressional leaders to reinforce the importance of federal economic development finance solutions and proactive approaches.

Get engaged. Contact Mitchell Smith for details!


The 2024 CDFA Federal Policy Conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel on April 2-3.

Washington Marriott Georgetown
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 872-1500

CDFA has arranged a significantly reduced room rate of $274 (plus tax and service fees) per night for a standard room (single or double occupancy). Hotel rooms are available until Monday, March 4 or until the block is full. This rate is not guaranteed if reservations are made after the cut-off date or if the hotel is sold-out. Please reserve your room early.


To register for the CDFA Federal Policy Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $350
Non-Member: $600



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