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CDFA National Development Finance Summit

November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm CST

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Join CDFA in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2017 National Development Finance Summit! The CDFA National Summit brings together the leaders and dealmakers in the development finance industry to discuss best practices, trends, and project financing solutions.


Who You’ll Meet
The CDFA National Summit is designed for both public and private sector participants from all areas of the country. Attendees represent a diverse cross section of the development finance industry and bring unique perspectives, creative financing approaches, and interesting conversation to the event.


Who’s Speaking From Butler Snow

Blake C. Sharpton

Blake Sharpton - Attorney, Butler Snow LLC

Creative Stadium Financing Strategies
Thursday, November 16 from 10:15 – 11:00 AM

Creative Stadium Financing Strategies
Friday, November 17 from 9:00 – 9:45 AM

Butler Snow LLP
Macon, GA

Blake Sharpton is a member of the Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group at Butler Snow. He focuses his practice on public finance, governmental law, economic development incentives, school law, construction contracting, real estate law, commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, corporate/LLC law, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Blake is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers in 2013.

Blake is a member of the Macon bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.

Blake is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his B.B.S in Finance and M.I.S. before earning his Juris Doctor at Mercer University School of Law


What  You’ll Experience

The CDFA National Summit is a dealmaking event at its core with a program built to encourage networking and individualized learning about all types of development finance tools and programs. At the CDFA National Summit, you will meet industry experts, connect with financing, learn about the latest approaches, and discover development finance solutions to bring to your local community.

CDFA Dealmakers Lounge: Your hub for networking and dealmaking, featuring Project Marketplace presentations and exhibitors.

Project Showcase: Targeted sessions that highlight creative projects in the U.S. with discussions about structuring and sources of capital.

Technology Showcase: Experience demonstrations of new technologies and software programs designed to support development finance authorities and initiatives.

Training Courses: Targeted training featuring timely presentations and important trends in development finance.


Special Additions

The CDFA National Summit features many opportunities to boost your networking and educational experience while in Atlanta. A few of these special additions are highlighted below.

CDFA Project Marketplace: The CDFA Project Marketplace brings dealmaking to the forefront by featuring projects in search of financing with special presentations. CDFA National Summit participants are invited to comment on each project and offer technical assistance about potential solutions. Learn more about the Marketplace and apply to present on the Deals page.

Intro Rural Finance Course: A one-day course offered by the CDFA Training Institute focusing on how the development finance toolbox can be structured to support rural communities and help them with strategies to invest in infrastructure, redevelopment, and job creation. This curriculum will focus on designing financing programs specifically for rural communities.This is an extra fee event.

Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course: A one-day course offered by the CDFA Training Institute examining the structuring of TIF deals and developing short- and long-term policies. Sessions include performance monitoring, feasibility analysis and using TIF in conjunction with other development finance tools. This is an extra fee event.

Atlanta Dining Adventures: Explore the Atlanta restaurant scene featuring some of the best southern food in the country. Register in advance to secure your seat. Reservations will be made by CDFA, but you are responsible for your own transportation and meal charges.

Networking: Networking abounds at the CDFA National Summit. View the program page to see all of the exciting receptions and networking opportunities that are planned as part of the CDFA National Summit experience. Some events require reservations in advance and may require an extra fee.


Registration Information

You are invited to register for the CDFA National Summit today! Your total registration fee will depend on what events you plan to attend. Special discounts are available for CDFA members and multiple registrations from the same organization. View the table below to see the registration rates, or visit the registration page for more information.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the
CDFA Scholarship ProgramPresented by PFM, and submit your application today.

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CDFA National Summit Registration Rates

Please visit the link here to learn about the rates to attend CDFA’s National Summit



November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am CST
November 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm CST
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