District-Based Development Finance – Tools that Work

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On November 19th, HR&A Partner Paul Silvern will moderate a panel discussion on the powerful district-based financing tools and mechanisms being used to help communities concentrate development opportunities into targeted areas at the Council for Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) California Financing Roundtable Conference. Paul will be joined by a panel of banking, financial, and economic professionals who have utilized district-based financing tools including community facilities districts, assessment districts and infrastructure financing districts. The discussion will explore various approaches, rationales, and best practices when preparing for district-based financing.


For nearly 30 years, Paul has assisted public and private clients across California and other western states by creating real estate development and financing strategies that catalyze private investment to improve cities. He co-directed the creation of a citywide economic development strategy for the City of Los Angeles, co-directed the analysis and identification of potential new funding sources for the Portland Development Commission, and has been assisting the City of Concord to implement a major mixed-use reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. He also provides guidance to a wide range of public agencies on implementing strategies and programs to fund development of affordable housing. . His clients include private development organizations, institutions, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations.


The CDFA is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit development entities. The conference is co-sponsored by CALED, California’s leading organization of economic development professionals.


HR&A is a proud sponsor of the conference and encourages colleagues and clients to register and gain valuable economic development finance insights. We look forward to seeing you on November 19th.