NDC Academy 2017

National Development Council


Monday, October 23, 2017, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:15 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC, United States


The NDC Academy brings local nonprofit and governmental development professionals together to learn how to fully use federal, state and local development finance tools, to share best practices, and to advocate for the preservation and improvement of tools that have proven successful at local and national levels.

Hosted by the National Development Council, the NDC Academy is a longstanding biennial event. This year’s Academy will focus on how economic development and community development finance professionals can work with the new Administration to further their community’s goals. More than ever, our community and investment partners need the opportunity to meet with one another and to interact with federal policy-makers. By October, the new administration will be in place, and Congress will have passed a budget providing insight into the priorities of our government’s new leadership. The Academy will share valuable insight into the new Administration and give leaders new tools to strengthen their communities.

Nearly 500 community development practitioners attended the 2015 NDC Academy from 46 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Attendees come from various groups, including:

  • Nonprofit community development organizations

  • Housing authorities

  • Federal, state and local policy-makers

  • City, federal and state government agency staff

  • Development partners from the philanthropic, legal and accounting industries

  • Financial industry professionals, including bankers, investors, and funders

Sessions at the 2017 NDC Academy will fall under four distinct tracks, focusing on the following topics:

Investing in Small Businesses

  • How are the new Administration and Congress supporting small business lending
  • What’s new with the Small Business Administration and how will it impact you
  • The CDFI Fund and other tools
  • New and innovative partnerships between financial and philanthropic institutions and community development entities to create investment capital in underserved communities, especially businesses of color and rural businesses

Building Affordable Housing

  • How will tax reform impact the investment in affordable housing
  • The future of the Low-income Housing Tax Credit
  • Workforce housing needs and how to make critical investments
  • Strategies for investing in assisted living for low-income aging baby boomers

Innovating Project Financing

  • What are the latest updates on key federal investment tools for distressed communities, including
    • the New Markets Tax Credit
    • CDBG
    • HUD 108 loans
    • New proposals offered by the Administration and Congress

Rebuilding Our Public Infrastructure

  • What are the challenges of our nation’s aging infrastructure and how is it impacting your community
  • What federal, state and local resources are available to address these critical needs
  • How can creative investment strategies, such as public-private partnerships, assist communities in developing and rehabilitating key infrastructure such as:
    • Police and fire facilities
    • Courthouses and justice facilities
    • Libraries, city halls and other public buildings
    • Parking structures
    • Transit-oriented development
    • Other critical infrastructure

This is an approved activity for NDC Recertification. 

Activities will be listed once they are confirmed. 




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Contact Info

Brittani Coy, bcoy@ndconline.org