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CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series
February 9, March 9, May 11, May 18, June 8, August 24, September 14, December 14
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern

-Overview

The CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series is an exclusive, seven-part online offering that will convene finance experts, federal agencies, and local practitioners to discuss the variety of federal programs available to restore local economies, preserve small businesses, invest in our communities, and protect our environment. In light of the new administration and an evolving federal financing landscape, CDFA will be featuring timely and in-depth conversations with federal financing leaders throughout 2021.

Each webinar in the series will feature various aspects of financing economic development through the lens of federal assistance. Representatives from various agencies, including Treasury, USDA, EDA, EPA, SBA, HUD, DOT, and Energy, will join us on these discussions.

This series will complement the information featured in the CDFA Federal Financing Clearinghouse, provide an in-depth discussion about any recent rule changes or funding, as well as showcase how communities have effectively used programs in the past. As new programs emerge, they will be highlighted throughout the series.

CDFA maintains strong relationships with federal agencies, giving attendees unprecedented access to the inner-workings of the government's economic development finance activities. We will leverage these relationships to offer insider access to the newest initiatives from every agency and help communities prepare for funding and submit applications.

To participate, register for a single webinar or the entire series, and CDFA will send you reminders for each webinar as they are hosted. All webinars will be recorded and presentation materials will be shared with the attendees for long-term viewing.

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-Agenda

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
With the possibility of tax revenues declining and uncertainty surrounding additional stimulus relief, many state and local governments are planning for austerity measures. Whether it is supporting small businesses, investing in historic buildings, or repairing aging infrastructure, communities need access to capital in various forms. Small downtowns and commercial districts often face unique challenges when using traditional forms of financing, and many federal programs provide the necessary capital and access to financing. The first installment of the 2021 CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series will cover the various forms of financing programs available to state and local governments through HUD, EDA, and DOT for restoring local economies.
Moderator(s)
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Dennis Alvord, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Joseph Baietti, Community Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Robert Hanifin, Project Development Lead, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Expanding Capital Access to Preserve Small Businesses
COVID-19 has left many small businesses – critical economic development drivers in urban centers and rural towns alike – struggling to identify and obtain capital to retain employees and pay bills. Many have been forced to lay off workers or close altogether. The Small Business Administration is charged with administering several major financing programs aimed directly at supporting small businesses. Additionally, the USDA offers financing support for rural small businesses, and the EDA can capitalize revolving loan funds for small businesses. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, experts from the SBA, EDA, and USDA will provide an analysis of its small business support programs and discuss strategies for distributing capital to small businesses in disadvantaged areas.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Alejandro Contreras, Director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Mitchell Harrison, Program Analyst, RLF Coordinator, U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Traci Smith, Business Loan & Grant Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Federal Programs for Affordable Housing Investment
Establishing partnerships and assembling a diverse capital stack are key components when financing housing developments. One often-overlooked method is to seek financing and technical assistance from the federal government. HUD manages several key finance programs that are integral to affordable housing development in urban areas, and the USDA does the same for rural areas across the country. Projects in the housing sector rely on a varied stream of debt and equity often contributed by the numerous project partner’s financing or funding capacity. HUD, the USDA, and the CDFI Fund have also implemented regulatory changes in their programs to assist communities in COVID-19 recovery efforts, and new programs have been created to meet unfulfilled financing needs. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, experts will cover how development finance agencies can leverage financing from the federal government to support housing projects in their communities.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Daniel Aiello, Program Manager, Capital Magnet Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Bennett Hilley, Deputy Director, Office of Recapitalization, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Jorge Morales, Community Planning and Development Specialist, Section 108 Loan Guarantee Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Federal Financing for Energy and Water Systems
Making energy grids and water infrastructure resilient and secure is incredibly costly. Federal funding from the Department of Energy and/or the Environmental Protection Agency often serves as a catalyst for additional investments into projects. Resources available from the EPA and DOE can make a project’s funding timeline more stable while also bringing private and non-profit partners into the mix. These include renewable energy partnership programs, state, local, tribal energy programs, land revitalization loan funds and grants, technical assistance, and more. HUD's Section 108 program can leverage CDBG allocations into flexible loans for energy and water projects. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, experts from the EPA, DOE, and HUD will highlight best practices, case studies, and mitigation tools that will help your community finance critical projects.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Michele Boyd, Program Manager, Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Karen Fligger, Senior Project Manager, WIFIA Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Douglas Schultz, Director of Loan Guarantee Origination, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Paul Webster, Director, Financial Management Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Investing in Critical Community Facilities
Several federal agencies have emphasized investing in community facilities across America to connect communities, anchor institutions, and small businesses. Partnerships with all of these groups are required to realize the full deployment of resources for police, fire, rescue, healthcare, and other facilities. The EDA’s Public Works Program and Economic Adjustment Assistance program are major pillars of the federal government’s financing support for such facilities and infrastructure. These are complemented by USDA’s strategy-driven Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. For rural areas, the USDA offers several similar grant and technical assistance programs for investment in community facilities. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, several federal agencies will discuss their financing solutions for local community facilities and how to coordinate with partners.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)
  • Joseph Ben-Israel, Acting Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Craig Buerstatte, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Regional Affairs, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Federal Role in Financing Broadband
Next-generation technology will increasingly rely on fiber networks. Communities with small economies and insufficient capacity to fund and operate their own broadband networks will become underserved and left behind. Federal agencies such as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the USDA, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have financing programs available to help bridge the gap communities face when assembling capital to invest in their broadband networks. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, experts will discuss how federal financing tools can be used to fund fiber broadband networks.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Speaker(s)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Preserving Local Food Systems with Federal Financing
Traditional development finance tools can be used to support food-related businesses and projects, leveraging further investment to catalyze local and regional food systems. Food can be a powerful tool for revitalization, in terms of both economic growth and improvements to the built environment. Many food-related enterprises are small businesses that keep dollars local and create jobs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a multitude of financing programs available for these efforts. Offerings such as the Business and Industry Loan program, FSA loans for agriculture, and the new RISE program for small businesses are options that should be considered by small rural areas to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on food systems. During this installment of the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series, hear from experts at the USDA about their various programs available for rural food systems and agricultural producers to recover from the pandemic.
Moderator(s)
  • Malcolm Guy, Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies

-Location

The CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series will take place on Zoom. The webinars will be held on February 9, March 9, May 11, June 8, July 31, August 24, September 14, and December 14, 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 afterward. Only attendees who purchase the webinars will have access to the online recordings. Attendees who miss a webinar will have access to the online recordings as well.

-Registration

CDFA has provided two options for registering for the CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series.

Individual Webinars
Participants can register at any time for an individual webinar:

CDFA Member: $55
Non-Member: $75

Full Webinar Series
Participants can register for the full series and receive a significant discount, compared to registering for individual webinars:

CDFA Member: $300
Non-Member: $440

Webinars will be recorded and placed online for participants to access afterward. Only attendees who purchase either an individual webinar or the full series will have access to the online recordings. Attendees who miss a webinar will also have access to the online recording.

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