Rethinking How We Invest: Homes, Jobs and Communities in 2017 and Beyond

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.

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Who Should Attend

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

Why Should I Attend

NDC’s Academy is a unique event in the economic development field. Here is what differentiates The NDC Academy from other economic development events:

Focus on Federal Policy

NDC brings key federal policy-makers to the table to interact directly with community leaders, ensuring that their local voice is heard. To further support attendee success in their Capitol Hill communications, NDC provides a “Capitol Hill Primer” that outlines key players, protocols, policies and programs.

Cutting-Edge Sessions

There is always something new for community development professionals to know. From new rules and regulations, to tools and best practices, community development professionals area always learning. The Academy highlights what is new and what we need to know to continue to advance our communities.

NDC Academy Awards

Academy participants have the opportunity to learn about some complex and challenging award-winning projects and explore the details of the problem solving strategies winners utilized, the constraints, and road blocks that had to be overcome to bring these projects to fruition.

Opportunity to Connect

The Academy is one of the few events where community development professionals can interact directly with federal policy-makers through visits, educational sessions and receptions.

Mix of Attendees

The Academy brings together a unique mix of city, state and federal attendees, as well as representatives from the philanthropic, banking, legal and accounting worlds.

Project Showcases

Ever wonder how NDC helps communities and neighborhoods across the country? Our unique project showcases offer an in-depth dive into specific projects that are helping communities.


The NDC Academy will feature cutting-edge sessions in four tracks focused on the pressing needs of community development leaders.

Investing in Small Businesses

Sessions in this track will focus on new and developing tools that are fostering small business formation and growth, and how small businesses play an integral role in successful community development. Sessions will address:

  1. Small business loan success stories and challenges with a focus on the Community Reinvestment Act and how it influences investment
  2. How the New Capital Access Fund is bringing lending opportunities to minority businesses
  3. The online lending phenomenon and how to sort out quality investors from those taking advantage of distressed communities
  4. Innovative ways to pitch your new business ideas

Innovating Project Finance

This track will explore emerging ideas in project finance with a focus on:

  1. New Markets Tax Credits and how different uses of leverage are expanding the reach of the program
  2. Transit Oriented Development best practices that are not only addressing new urbanism, but also issues of health and race
  3. Impact Investing that is tapping new sources of funding for community development and providing data to demonstrate results
  4. Green finance and health care finance as new tools for communities

Rebuilding our Public Infrastructure

Participants in this track will learn about tools for local government leaders to invest in infrastructure. Specifically, sessions will:

  1. Evaluate options for public-private partnerships to include the American and international P3 models versus traditional public financing
  2. Explore current practices in infrastructure investment in low income communities with a close look at CDFI and USDA programs
  3. Analyze emerging best practices including democratization of public finance and, working with the U.S. Department of Transportation Innovative Finance Office
  4. Examine the White House and congressional proposals for infrastructure investment, along with other new tools such as private activity bonds

Building Affordable Housing 

The Affordable Housing track will explore several emerging topics in the field, including:

  1. The Challenges of making a LIHTC Deal work in Changing Times – As the likelihood of tax reform waxes and wanes, and multiple programs supporting affordable housing are proposed for reduction or outright elimination, the LIHTC market remains in flux.  Hear from market experts including developers, investors and syndicators about where the market is and where it is likely heading.  This session is structured with first half as an interactive pricing game, with second half being a discussion of things that are impacting the market.
  2. Non-Profit and For-Profit development partnerships – Many for-profit developers have partnered with non-profit organizations to develop affordable housing targeted at the population these organizations serve.  Hear from several organizations on both sides of this equations as they talk through real life case studies followed by a discussion of what it takes to make these partnerships work.
  3. Special Needs Housing – Housing policy is being leveraged to address many more societal issues than just affordable housing.  From Permanent Supportive Housing for the chronically homeless to Affordable Assisted Living and addressing the needs of our Veterans, Special Need Affordable Housing needs consider much more than bricks and mortar.   Planning for services and management of these facilities, as well as designing them to meet the unique needs of their residents takes a coordinated effort.  Hear from experienced practitioners and their real life experience of success
  4. Stories from the Frontline of Asset Management –  The challenges facing affordable housing projects today often require the collaboration of all parties involved – sponsor/General Partner, investor/Limited Partner, lenders, property manager and third parties – to find and implement strategies and solutions that will ensure projects may continue to operate effectively through the end of the regulatory period and beyond.  This session will feature projects that have benefitted from the involvement and cooperation of the partners and the employment of problem solving and negotiation skills.

This is an approved activity for NDC Recertification. The following program is subject to change.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Exhibit Set-Up
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Plenary Session
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Networking Break
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Keynote Luncheon
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Break
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Breakout Sessions
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception/ Vote for Finalists
8:00 AM  – 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Breakout Sessions
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Project Showcases
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch & Capitol Hill Primer
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Breakout Sessions/Hill Visits
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Capitol Hill Reception/ Vote for Winners
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Awards Breakfast/ Awards Ceremony
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM – 12:15 PM Exhibitor Breakdown
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions
12:15 PM End of Academy


Early Bird Registration for the 2017 NDC Academy is now open!
Early Bird Registration prices are the following:



The full rate is $650



The full rate is $650

Private Sector


The full rate is $850



Codes may apply

Congressional / NDC Staff

$0.00, Code Required


Code Required

Our Sponsors

Interested in playing a larger role at the Academy? Want to share your organization’s story and how it has helped shaped communities across the country?

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available at multiple levels. Download the sponsorship packet to reserve your sponsorship today.

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001

Just steps away from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is an ideal setting for the 2017 NDC Academy. NDC has booked a block of rooms at the reduced rate of $269 per night. Rooms sell out quickly so be sure to reserve your room soon!

Directions to the hotel can be found here.