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2016 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference

Join the CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable for the second annual conference on May 18, 2016. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Colorado economy going forward.

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8:30    Registration Opens

9:00 - 9:30 am    Welcoming Remarks & Introduction

The CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the State’s development finance industry. Join us as CDFA, EDCC, and CHFA kicks off the second annual CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference with welcoming remarks.

Katie Kramer
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Steve Johnson
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Kelly Flenniken
Area Manager, Public Service Company of Colorado
Economic Development Chair, Economic Development Council of Colorado 

Kim Woodworth
Operations Director
Economic Development Council of Colorado 

9:30 - 10:45 am    The Latest from the Centennial State on Tax Increment Financing
With new TIF legislation being enacted in Colorado, it is important to understand the changes in order to effectively utilize this form of financing. During the opening session of the Colorado Financing Roundtable, hear development finance professionals discuss legislative updates related to TIF as well as how to combine TIF with other tools to see concentrated development and to spur private investment across the state.

Tom Weihe
Kutak Rock LLP

10:45 - 11:00 am    Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm    Catalyzing Affordable Housing Development in Colorado
Colorado is showing increasing economic strength. Despite this, the state’s housing market is not providing an adequate number of homes affordable to low and moderate-income households. In this session, panelists will discuss the major changes and trends in the state’s affordable housing industry and the vision for policies, priorities, and resource allocation.


Kim Woodworth
Operations Director
Economic Development Council of Colorado

Ravi Malhotra
President & Founder
International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology

Kimball Crangle
Colorado Market President
Gorman & Company, Inc.

12:00 - 1:15 pm    Lunch - Financing the RiNo Art District
Once a gritty, urban industrial area, the RiNo Art District located just north of downtown Denver is now a thriving neighborhood full of remarkable arts and artists that is also seeing a development renaissance. Join Jamie Licko and her colleagues as they explain the unique layered financing helping to catalyze a creative renaissance that is supporting new development while also helping artists and creative influences stay put.


Jamie Licko
Executive Director
RiNo Art District

Andrew Feinstein
RiNo Art District - Co-Chair
Managing Partner - EXDO Events

Chandler Romeo
RiNo Art District - Co-Chair
Blue Silo Studios - Owner

1:15 - 2:15 pm    The Colorado Bond Market
Tax-exempt bonds are the bedrock of public finance. They have been used to help build thousands of public and private projects, from roads and bridges to sewers and dams, manufacturing plants and low-income housing. During this session, speakers from bond agencies and capital market firms will describe the current bond market in Colorado and explore bond financing case examples which prove their effectiveness in addressing critical infrastructure needs, supporting community development initiatives, and driving business and industry investment.


Wyatt Jones
Senior Commercial Lender
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Jeff DeMonbrun
Vice President
Gates Capital Corporation

Ann Watts
Private Activity Bond Manager
Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Cory Kalanick
Sherman & Howard

2:15 - 3:00 pm    Small Business Financing Solutions in Colorado
Colorado’s small businesses are essential to the state’s well-being, but often times overlooked and underutilized in many economic growth strategies and financing programs. This session will focus on how small businesses are financed and the various access to capital challenges they face. In addition, it will showcase a variety of small business financing solutions and explore how they work for different types of businesses.

Mike O'Donnell
Executive Director
Colorado Lending Source

John Reece
Manager of Business Investments
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
2:45 - 3:00 pm    Closing Remarks

3:00 - 4:00 pm    Federal Reserve Money Museum Tour
Join us for a self-guided tour as we explore the Federal Reserve Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch.

The 2016 CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference Reception will take place at Colorado Lending Source on May 17, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.