Technical Assistance

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17
2:00 PM Eastern


CDFA is excited to partner again with The Bank of New York Mellon on the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast series! This year, CDFA will host 12, 1-hour long webinars covering a wide range of development finance topics such as forecasting the bond market and financing rural broadband. As always, these webinars are free and will be viewable after the recording.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Forecasting the Bond Market Amid the Recovery
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bond market outlook has fluctuated amid economic uncertainties, trade tensions, and a fluctuating yield curve. With the trajectory of our recovery uncertain, and the possibility of further stimulus relief and tax revenues again being delayed for local governments, issuing authorities must manage long-term budgetary concerns and mitigate the risk of default. Join us on this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series for a forecast on the economic recovery and how it will affect the bond market.
  • James Young, Vice President, The Bank of New York Mellon

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rural Broadband and Telehealth Financing
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many state-wide government shutdowns. Schools have gone remote, healthcare providers began seeing patients virtually, and small businesses had to shut their doors to in-store customers. That has made many rural Americans painfully aware of the need for greater high-speed internet access. During this webinar, experts will explain how rural communities can embrace the challenges of financing high-speed internet for the economic and societal gains provided by broadband.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Social Justice and the Muni Markets
We have all analyzed how the structure of a muni bond reflects the strength of a city's budget and finances. But have you analyzed how those same structures reflect a city's social justice priorities? For example, a highly rated muni bond could come with assurances that the government's finances are not dependent on fees and citations, which disproportionately affect people of color. Or capital flows from muni bonds could be mapped to ensure that investments in one area of service are not negatively impacting social justice improvements in another. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we'll discuss strategies for aligning social justice priorities with bond financing and actions in the muni markets.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Restoring the Hospitality Industry
COVID-19 has drowned the hospitality industry. Hotels, theme parks, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, transportation, and other events employed tens of millions of workers pre-pandemic. As we move through 2021, what will the businesses in this massive industry do to recover from the deceleration of travel and large gatherings? During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will explore the landscape of the hospitality industry (large and small) and what is being done to ensure the industry may stay afloat.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Social Impact Investing Credit Ratings
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are often willing to make investments in low-income areas, but these investments are typically seen as riskier. By seeking a credit rating, a CDFI can signal its belief in the importance of investing in disadvantaged areas - regardless of whether it is planning to sell debt in the capital markets. With the recent social and racial justice movements, an increasing number of CDFIs have recognized the need to invest in disadvantaged areas and are seeking credit ratings to signal their commitment to doing so. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, we will explore how CDFIs, by obtaining a credit rating, can demonstrate the value of making social impact investments.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Preserving Local Economies with Energy & Water Finance
Finance programs for energy and water projects are designed to meet community infrastructure needs and support efficient resource use. However, they can also be used to stabilize local economies as the nation copes with a pandemic-induced recession and the aftermath of recent years’ natural disasters. Join CDFA for this next installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series for a discussion about how energy and water finance programs can be positioned to address various local challenges simultaneously.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How Healthcare Is Investing in Communities
Hospitals and healthcare systems serve our communities by improving the quality of life of their patients and bolstering the economy by hiring local workers and contractors, buying locally through procurement strategies, and owning significant property holdings. Because of that, hospitals and healthcare systems have the potential to make communities healthier by leveraging their expertise and resources. Recently, several hospitals nationwide have been investing in their communities by offering loans, loan guarantees, and below market rate lines of credit. During this webinar, we will hear from experts on creative ways that hospitals and healthcare systems can be better partners in solving the most pressing issues in our communities.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Unlocking Capital for BIPOC-owned Businesses
Small business owners face challenges accessing capital, investment, and other opportunities to start or grow, and minority entrepreneurs often experience even greater obstacles. As racial inequities continue to expand, many community institutions, lenders, and even corporations are stepping up to reduce barriers for black, indigenous, people of color-owned businesses to access capital. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will be discussing creative financing approaches to minimize barriers and increase access to capital for minority-owned businesses across the country.


The CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series takes place on the web through GoToWebinar, an online distance learning software. You must have access to a computer and phone 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 for the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series is free for CDFA members and for non-members.

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