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Event Date Wed Jan 27 EST - Thu Jan 28 EST (9 months ago)
Location Webinar
Region Americas

The Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse is the foundation for all of CDFA’s educational offerings. This course will help attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available including bonds, tax credits, tax increment financing (TIF), federal financing programs, RLFs, Opportunity Zones, and access to capital lending resources.

The Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse is based on CDFA's Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance, the only comprehensive reference guide dedicated to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox. The Practitioner’s Guide to Economic Development Finance provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies, and techniques used to build strong communities.

This course qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

Course Objectives:
• Learn the fundamentals of development finance
• Interact with leading development finance professionals from around the country
• Discuss best practices and case studies that can be implemented in your community
• Gain a greater understanding of the diversity of development finance tools
• Establish a foundation for attending future in-depth financing courses
• Receive a copy of the Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance

Topics Covered:
• Understanding development finance
• The financing spectrum
• Building the development finance toolbox
• Bedrock tools: bonds and the basics of public finance
• Targeted tools: tax increment and special district financing
• Investment tools: tax credits, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
• Access to capital lending tools: revolving loan and mezzanine funds, loan guarantee, innovation finance and microenterprise programs
• Support tools: federal, state, incentive and grants programs
• Implementing the toolbox approach
• Trends in development finance
• Development finance challenges and policy considerations

Who Should Attend?
• Bond Issuers
• Economic Development Professionals
• Community Development Professionals
• Broker/Dealers and Underwriters
• Elected Officials
• Government and Nonprofit Finance Officers
• Attorneys
• Accountants
• Financial Advisors
• Policy Makers


2021 Speaker


Toby Rittner
President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors

• Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
• BNY Mellon
• Bricker & Eckler LLP
• Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
• Business Oregon
• CohnReznick
• FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
• Fifth Third Bank
• Frost Brown Todd, LLC
• Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
• Ice Miller LLP
• KeyBanc Capital Markets
• Kutak Rock LLP
• McGuireWoods
• MuniCap, Inc.
• NW Financial Group, LLC
• SB Friedman Development Advisors
• Stern Brothers
• Stifel Nicolaus
• U.S. Bank
• Wells Fargo Securities
• Z. The Bond Buyer