New “Food Systems Finance” Course for Development Finance Agencies

by Nessa on January 24, 2014

If you represent a funder, lender, food hub or other regional food system initiative or enterprise and you are working with (or want to work with) your local or state development finance agency, consider suggesting that they  attend this new “Food Systems Finance” course being offered through the Council of Development Finance Agencies. Read more… 

The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.
This course will explore how bonds, tax credits, loan programs, foundation grants, and other financing tools can be used to support a local food system and encourage follow-on investment, small business development, and sustainable growth. In particular, this course will address the financing challenges associated with growing, processing, distributing, marketing, and selling food.

The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse is presented via the web over two days and includes lectures and presentations from speakers throughout the country. During each session, attendees can raise their hands, ask questions, comment on presentations and take interactive polls. CDFA’s Course Advisor moderates the WebCourse to ensure speaker and participant interaction throughout.

Participants must have access to a computer and phone to attend the WebCourse. Participants receive instructions for logging into the WebCourse in a follow-up email after registering. Course materials are mailed to participants approximately one week before the course.

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

By attending, you will:

  • Discover how a local food system operates, including distribution, supply chain, and partners involved
  • Learn how local communities are financing farmers, grocers, restaurateurs, food artisans, and other food-related businesses
  • Hear about financing strategies to address food deserts, incubators, and co-ops
  • Understand the variety of sources of capital available to support a food system, including federal, state, and local programs
  • Gain a greater understanding of bond, tax credit, loan fund, and grant programs that can support a food system
  • Discuss innovative financing approaches being employed by communities across the country
You will learn through:

  • Real life case studies
  • Interactive, online discussions
  • Presentations from industry experts
Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the local food system
  • Identifying partners and stakeholders in the food system
  • Sources of capital to support food-related businesses
  • Federal, state, and local financing programs
  • Foundation, non-profit, and community-based financing programs
  • Innovative financing approaches
Who should attend?

  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Community Development Professionals
  • Government and Nonprofit Finance Officers
  • Development Finance Agencies and Issuers
  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Financial Advisors
  • Elected Officials
  • Policy Makers
Course Advisor:Nessa Richman serves as the Course Advisor for the Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse.

Brightseed Strategies founder, Nessa Richman, has been working as a food systems consultant since 2002. She often works with umbrella organizations, assisting their stakeholder groups in understanding issues related to sustainable agriculture and food enterprise, local/regional food marketing chains, and low-income food access. She was a sub-contractor for the Treasury Department’s Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Fund “Financing Healthy Food Options” Capacity Building Task Order. In this role she developed educational training materials, organized “Meet the Practitioner” panels for workshops, and created follow-on technical assistance resources for CDFIs. In 2014 Nessa was named to the Advisory Committee for Rhode Island’s Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program.

Agenda

The agenda for the Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse will be posted soon.

 

Location

The course will take place on the web through GoToWebinar, an online distance learning software. The course will meet each day from June 4-5, 2014 from 12:00-5:00 pm (EDT). Participants must have access to a computer and phone to attend the WebCourse. Participants receive instructions for logging into the WebCourse in a follow-up email after registering.

Registration

This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute’s Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) ProgramStart down the road to personal and professional advancement today. 

http://www.cdfa.net/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/0/FEDFF21EDCBBCBAF88257C63005164F3

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