Notes from the 2016 Opportunity Finance Network Conference

Posted by Anthony Curcio on 10/27/16 9:56 AM

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This week, I attended the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the goals of this four-day conference is to rethink long-term, low-cost capital to community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

I was really inspired by a presentation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Community Facilities Relending program. The folks at USDA have committed $400 million in direct lending to rural CDFIs and mated it with Uplift America grants. It's great to see that USDA is moving the needle on long-term capital for CDFIs. 

I also had the chance to catch up with Susan Newton-Rhodes, Director at Summit, and Jeannine Jacokes, Chief Executive Officer at Partners for the Common Good. 

Thanks to OFN for hosting such an inspiring conference. 

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