District Improvement Financing Workshop

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Quincy City Hall

1305 Hancock Street

Quincy, MA 02169

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This District Improvement Financing (DIF) workshop is open to public and private sector participants at any stage in the process of establishing or managing a DIF district. The workshop will provide methods for assessing the appropriateness of the DIF tool to local conditions and to advancing local economic development goals. Presenters will explain how a DIF works, what can be funded by a DIF, and will highlight complementary economic development tools and incentives. The event will also provide an overview to the process of establishing a DIF, from guidance on how to start a community engagement campaign to what happens after a DIF passes.

The workshop will be led by Camoin 310, a nationally-recognized economic development consulting firm that has been working with MassDevelopment on our soon to be released DIF Guide. The workshop will be held at Quincy City Hall, located next to a green space recently cleaned up and improved through DIF initiatives.

UPDATED Agenda as of 6/18/19:

9:00 AM - Networking & Coffee

9:30 AM - Welcome and Workshop Introduction

9:45-10:30 AM - Presentation from Camoin 310 with Q &A

10:30 AM - Interactive Session: assessing potential of DIF for real world projects using DIF Estimator and Capital Mix Estimator (Attendees may submit sample scenarios in advance for demonstration. Please email Laura Barrett to do so.)

11:00 - 11:45 AM- Panel Discussion

  • Rick Manley, Municipal Bond Counsel, Locke Lorde

  • Rob Stevens, City of Quincy

  • Rob Dolan, VP Investment Banking, MassDevelopment

  • Victoria Storrs, Camoin 310

11:45 AM- 12:30 PM - Tour (downtown Quincy DIF district)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch and Q&A follow-on session

**Note that the Presentation from Camoin 310 has been extended by 15 minutes, resulting in altering the times for the subsequent sections of the workshop. This time change shortened the Walking Tour by 15 minutes, now beginning at 11:45 AM.

Transportation and Parking:

Parking for the event can be found at 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA at the President's Place Parking Garage.

If you require special accommodations please contact Laura Barrett at lbarrett@massdevelopment.com.

AICP CM Credit Information: AICP members can earn 1.75 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm

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Laura Barrett – MassDevelopment

Real Estate Innovation Officer


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