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The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission has planned a series of public finance educational opportunities for public officials aimed at improving transparency in the municipal markets.

Seminar - Tools and Strategies for Today’s Public Investment Portfolio Manager
March 12-13, 2014 | Hilton Concord, Concord, CA

This seminar provides public agency investment officers and other public officials with an introduction to the concepts, tools, and strategies necessary to manage and oversee public investment portfolios. Panelists will address the components of portfolio management, including establishing policy objectives, managing cash flow, understanding permitted investments, assessing and mitigating risk, and structuring portfolios.

Seminar - Municipal Market Disclosure: Current Topics and Practices
March 18-19, 2014 | Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, Pomona, CA

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accounting Office noted in their evaluation of the municipal market the need to improve market transparency through better disclosure. Efforts to do so, however, have stirred as much controversy as they have resulted in improved practices. This one and a half day program is devoted to a discussion of where we are and how much further we have to go. Day One of this seminar will focus on the current rules and proposed reform initiatives for primary and secondary disclosure practices by public agencies. Day Two will focus on recommended disclosure practices for direct loans and general obligation debt.

Seminar - Fundamentals of Land-Secured Financing
April 25, 2014 | San Diego, CA
Registration and Details Coming Soon

This one-day workshop is specifically designed for local government officials and their interested staff on Mello-Roos bonds and assessment district financing. Community Facilities District Financing (CFDs) remain a statewide financing tool. Speakers will highlight discussions of the basic structures, formation considerations, process and implementation of land-based financing techniques.

To register and for more information visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdiac/seminars.asp

On Oct. 2, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) program. IIG  grants provide for the gap funding of infrastructure improvements that are an integral part of or are necessary to facilitate the development of new infill housing for specific residential or mixed use projects. A total of $40 million is available for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding round. Grant applications are due to HCD by Dec. 10. More information about the IIG Program, along with Guidelines issued by HCD, can be found at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/iig.  

Keywords : Grants

​This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the adoption of the 2014 Southern California Active Transportation Program, which recommends that the California Transportation Commission fund 54 projects in the region that promote walking and biking. Plus, learn about the Compton Creek Natural Park, the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant guidelines workshop and the fifth annual SCAG Economic Summit.

The Federal Transit Administration will host a webinar on its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Notice of Funding Availability on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/fta-tod-pilot

The webinar will provide an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, and provide an opportunity for attendees to obtain answers to other questions. Note that audio and video will be provided through the link above; there is no separate call-in number. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Pilot Program for TOD Planning NOFA webpage afterward for those that are unable to attend.

Keywords : Grants

​On Oct. 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., SCAG will host a Strategic Growth Council public workshop to seek input on the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program guidelines. The AHSC program is a new funding opportunity created by the California Cap-and-Trade Expenditure Plan, with $130 million being allocated to this program in the State Budget for FY 2014-15. The purpose of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects that implement land use, housing, transportation and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and projects that support related and coordinated public policy objectives. The Oct. 27 workshop is one of four events being held throughout the state to obtain feedback on the draft grant guidelines. The deadline for receiving comments is Oct. 31 and the complete schedule of workshops is listed below.

For more information, please visit the AHSC webpage.

Statewide AHSC Workshop Locations

Thursday, Oct. 23
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Merced City Hall
Sandpiper Room
678 West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Friday, Oct. 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elihu Harris Building Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Monday, Oct. 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Southern California Association of Governments
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Click here to register

Tuesday, Oct. 28
1:00 - 4:00 pm
CalPERS Headquarters
Lincoln Plaza North Auditorium
400 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Keywords : Grants
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