David Rogers participates in the national Federal Urban Finance Forum
David Rogers, president of FBT Project Finance Advisors, participated in the opening panel discussion at the first annual CDFA (Council of Development Finance Agencies) Federal Urban Finance Forum on June 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The panel discussed efforts to accelerate private investment in municipal infrastructure, focusing on public-private partnerships (P3s) and infrastructure. Traditional and new P3 models were discussed, and David highlighted several of the firm’s current and past successful P3 projects. The panel also examined the funding gaps in infrastructure projects and highlighted new strategies for driving private investment in non-revenue generating projects, and the optimal role of the federal government in supporting municipal projects.
Participants from the nation’s 45 largest urban communities attended, as did representatives of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Community Development Block Grant Program; the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA); the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and representatives from its Brownfields and Land Revitalization programs; and the U.S Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, which manages federal new market tax credits.
The panel, which was moderated by Alethia Nancoo from Squire Patton Boggs, also included panelists Linda Schakel, Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP; David Teed, Managing Partner at Diogenes Capital; and Ed Trumbull, Vice President of ICF.
After the event, David was contacted by CDFA to debrief the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington and to answer questions about infrastructure needs in rural America and the role P3s can play in smaller projects.