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2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference
April 11-12, 2023
Washington, DC


Back after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDFA will host the 2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference on April 11-12, 2023, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. This exclusive event will provide prescient and timely analysis on the massive infrastructure and development investments made by the 117th Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. It also will discuss the federal development finance issues that continue to impact state and local governments across the country.

The 2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference will bring together federal agency and development finance industry experts to help attendees better understand the tools, resources, and regulatory changes impacting the entire federal development finance spectrum. The conference will include panels, roundtable discussions, keynote remarks, and opportunities to engage with top leaders in the 118th Congress, federal agencies, and the Biden administration. The 2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference will also include a tailored, one-of-a-kind workshop on identifying, assessing, and applying for federal grant opportunities.

Topics and sessions to be covered during the two days include:

  • The State Small Business Credit Initiative
  • The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
  • The 2023 Farm Bill
  • Federal Grant Writing
  • Federal Agency Roundtables
  • House Ways & Means Updates
  • Senate Finance Updates
  • Spotlight on the Bond Market
  • CDFA's Legislative Update
  • Rural Development
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Federal Infrastructure Financing
  • Creating Innovation Hubs under the CHIPS and Science Act
  • Legislative Challenges of the 118th Congress

This two-day, information-packed conference is the most important federal event of the year. Don’t miss out!


2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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
Join financing experts from throughout the federal government for a one-of-a-kind working lunch. Representatives from federal agencies will be seated according to specific development finance topic areas. Grab a plate and discuss various topics with these experts, including affordable housing, rural development, transportation, brownfields, renewable energy, new markets tax credits, and many more.
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Jorge Morales, Community Planning and Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tue 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop: The Federal Grant Writing Process
This workshop is designed to give attendees an overview of how economic development and infrastructure projects can be financed in your community. Representatives from federal agencies will highlight the financing and funding tools available to support such projects, while development finance experts will discuss the process and best practices to identify, successfully apply for, and administer federal grants.
Tue 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CDFA Federal Policy Conference Kickoff Reception
In typical CDFA fashion, the 2023 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 12, 2023

Wed 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast Opens
Stop by the CDFA registration desk to pick up your conference materials and name badges.
Wed 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CDFA Federal Policy Conference Keynote Address
Wed 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Federal Financing Landscape
The federal government offers funding and financing for countless project types across the economic development spectrum. In this opening conversation, enjoy a primer on the number of ways you can engage federal agencies to support development projects in your community.
Wed 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Year Two
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) made investments in the nation’s infrastructure not seen since the 1950s. As it enters its second year as law, federal agencies continue to unveil new programs to help state and local governments address their communities’ infrastructure needs. In this session, attendees will learn how those agencies plan to administer the IIJA’s provisions as more programs and funding become available.
Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Accessing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
The Inflation Reduction Act appropriated $27 billion for grants under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, providing an unprecedented opportunity for the United States to rapidly expand zero-emission technology usage to protect the environment. This session will provide insights on how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to unroll grant funds for communities to implement green energy technologies to make them cleaner, healthier places to live.
  • Mitchell Smith, Director, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Wed 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Congressional Policy Luncheon
Join CDFA for a special working lunch that highlights the 118th Congress’s development finance plans. Congressional leadership and policymakers regularly debate the merits of legislation with the potential to strengthen economic development finance, and this luncheon will highlight current legislative initiatives with real opportunities to drive economic investment and growth opportunities.
Wed 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Legislative Prospects for the 2023 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill affords lawmakers the opportunity to enact multi-year legislation to address agricultural issues in a comprehensive manner. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2023 Farm Bill presents a unique opportunity for lawmakers to craft policies to promote rural development, food supply chain security, and climate-smart agriculture. In this session, you will learn about which policies Congress is pursuing to ensure the success and prosperity of America’s agricultural producers.
Wed 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Leveraging Infrastructure Subsidies with Tax-Exempt Bonds
Despite the 117th Congress’s historic investments in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, more capital is needed for these projects. Tax-exempt bonds, the bedrock of public development finance tools, can leverage those investments and deliver financing needed to support infrastructure projects. This session will discuss how you can use bonds as multipliers of the billions of dollars in federal subsidies to address your community’s needs.
Wed 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Measuring the Impact of New Markets Tax Credits
For over 20 years, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) have delivered much needed capital to underserved communities across the United States. With the reauthorization deadline approaching, now is the time to highlight impacts of NMTCs and why their continuance is imperative to investing in distressed communities. This session will highlight the value of NMTCs, how communities can access them, and ways in which they can be improved and expanded.
Wed 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
The State of the State Small Business Credit Initiative
With most state capital program plans approved and those of Tribal governments nearing completion, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program is positioned to have a sizeable impact on small businesses across the United States in 2023. In this final session, you will get the latest insights from U.S. Department of the Treasury’s representatives, jurisdictional program managers, and industry leaders.
  • Rachel Reilly, Senior Advisor, Council of Development Finance Agencies

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Capitol Hill Day
Join CDFA as we head 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.

Note: CDFA Capitol Hill Day is an optional event. Those attending the policy conference are welcome to join CDFA on Capitol Hill. Interested attendees should sign-up for this event when registering for the conference.


The 2023 CDFA Federal Policy Conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel on April 11-12.

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 March 13 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: $250
Non-Member: $500