October 12-13, 2017

Courtyard Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
1535 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64108



Thursday, October 12, 2017

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Board of Directors Meeting

11:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Conference Registration/Check-In

12:00 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. Opening General Session / Lunch
Guest Speakers:

  • Rep. Dean Plocher, Missouri House of Representatives
  • Rob Dixon, Acting Director Missouri Department of Economic Development

12:45 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. Missouri Legislative Update / Forecast for 2018


  • Doug Stone, Member-Lewis Rice, Chair-MEDFA Legislative Committee
  • Randy Scherr, Government Relations Consultant, RJ Scherr and Associates

1:15 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Break

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. General Session – Tax Credits – How They Work and Why They Are Important to Communities

The panel will provide an update on the status of various tax credit programs and discuss how their use makes projects possible and benefits the local community and the State.

Moderator: Charles Miller, Attorney, Lewis Rice


  • Linda Martinez, Deputy Mayor for Development, City of St. Louis
  • Chris Vukas, Director of Economic Development, Sunflower Development Group

2:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. Break

2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. General Session – Transit Oriented Development

Public mass transit improvements offer both opportunities and challenges to economic development in proximity to the transit line. Municipalities have addressed these opportunities and challenges in a variety of ways, including special zoning overlay districts that alter general development standards. These unique development standards can often affect development costs, which in turn can increase or decrease the need for public incentives to make a project feasible. Our panel will discuss their experience with the intersection of private development and public mass transit.

Moderator: Doug Stone, Attorney, Lewis Rice


  • John Langa, Vice President Economic Development, Bi-State Development
  • Andrew Murray, Senior Project Manager, Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets
  • Diane Binckley, Deputy Director, City Planning and Development, City of Kansas City, Missouri

3:45 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. General Session – Downtown Streetcar Presentation

This panel will briefly discuss the genesis of the project, the route and operation of the streetcars, and the effect of the streetcars on downtown residents, businesses, and real estate development.


  • Bill Dietrich, President, Downtown Council
  • Tom Gerend, Executive Director, Kansas City Streetcar Authority

4:15 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Break

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Streetcar Ride
(End at Union Station or make your way individually to Union Station)

5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Networking Reception
Harvey’s at Union Station, Richard A. King Award Presentation

6:30 P.M. Dinner on your own


Friday, October 13, 2017

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Breakfast Buffet & General Session
Real Estate Financing and Deal Structuring (Perspectives from the Developer and the Municipality)

The panel will also discuss best practices for structuring a deal, including selecting the project site, identifying market demand, engaging in community outreach, determining community impact, and financing the project.

Moderator: Rob Klahr, Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale


  • Sarah Kerner, Economic Development Director, City of Springfield
  • Rich Muller, Executive Vice President, Kansas City, VanTrust Real Estate

9:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M. Break

9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. General Session – Multimodal Transportation Facilities

This session will focus on how public and private sector members can better understand how multi-modal facilities work, their interactivity with other forms of transportation, and how they can be used to spur economic activity.

Moderator: Matt Zimmerman, City Manager, City of Hazelwood


  • Brent Miles, Vice President of Economic Development, NorthPoint Development
  • Mary Lamie, Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway
  • Chris Gutierrez, President, KC SmartPort

10:45 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Break

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. General Session – Evolving Development Tools
This session will focus on two economic development tools that are continuing to evolve. The first part of the session will discuss commercial PACE transactions from start to finish. The second part of the session will discuss implementing sales tax exemptions for Chapter 100 projects.

Moderator: Mark Spykerman, Attorney, Gilmore & Bell


  • Joe Neuerburg, Managing Director Missouri & Kansas, PACE Sage Capital
  • Sallie Hemenway, Director of Business and Community Services, Missouri Department of Economic Development

12:00 P.M.-12:15 P.M. Closing Remarks / Adjourn
Vince Garozzo, MEDFA President

Drawing for Grand Prize- IPad – Sponsored by BOK Financial
(Must be present to win!)

12:45pm: LOGISTICS PARK KANSAS CITY BUS TOUR – Hosted by Northpoint Development
The 1,000-acre intermodal facility in Edgerton, KS is operated by BNSF Railway and the adjoining logistics park is operated by NorthPoint Development. The tour will include an overview of the site, a discussion of the challenges in building it, and how it has impacted freight transportation in the Kansas City region.

A minibus will be in front of the hotel after the conference closing remarks. It will leave at 12:45pm and have everyone back to the hotel by 3:30pm. *Please let Jill Quinn know if you would like to join the tour.


Member Regular Fee (prior to 10/7/17) – $175.00
Member Late Fee (10/7/17 or later) – $200.00
Non-Member Regular Fee – $225.00
Non-Member Late Fee (10/7/17 or later) – $250.00
Elected Officials Fee – $100.00
Student Fee – $65.00
Spouse/Guest Fee – $40.00 (Reception)

Fee includes opening session & lunch, evening reception, breakfast buffet, refreshment breaks, and all program material. No refunds if cancellation after October 9, 2017.


Courtyard Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
1535 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Hotel Website

Please make your own hotel reservations. A block of rooms has been reserved until September 20, for the MEDFA Conference (conference rate is $149.00). Room reservations can be made by calling (816) 221-7400 and ask for Missouri Economic Development Financing Association Group Rate.

*CLE credits are available for this conference.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Annual Conference in Kansas City!

Click here to access presentations from the 2017 Conference

Questions? Contact Jill Quinn:
MEDFA, 1100 Walnut, Suite 1700, Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Phone: (816) 691-2120
Fax (816) 691-2170
E-mail: [email protected]