2018 Housing Innovation Marketplace

The annual Housing Innovation Marketplace conference brings together more than 400 community leaders and housing partners from across Nebraska and the country to discuss affordable housing and community development. Attend educational sessions, receive continuing education credits, network with colleagues and visit an array of great exhibitors all in one location. 
 
This year’s conference theme is Agents of Change. “Pitch Your Project” gives you the opportunity to be an Agent of Change and help create workforce housing opportunities across the state. We encourage all attendees to submit a workforce housing project for your community or neighborhood and “Pitch Your Project” prior to the conference through either the NIFA Facebook (NIFAHousing) or Twitter (@NIFAHousing) pages using the phrase #NIFApitchyourproject in the post. You can also email “Pitch Your Project” to nifa@nifa.org. Attendees submitting a “Pitch Your Project” will receive a discount on their conference registration fee. Just let us know at the time of registration if you will “Pitch Your Project” on our Facebook or Twitter page or send via email.

2018 Conference Brochure click here

To register click here

 

WHEN:  March 13-14, 2018

 
WHERE:  La Vista Conference Center, 12560 Westport Parkway
                Reservations (866) 634-7155 or (402) 339-4900
 
NIFA has secured a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott for conference attendees at a special discounted rate of $114 for a single or double room.  To reserve a room, please call the reservation line and identify yourself as a NIFA Housing Innovation Marketplace conference attendee or click here.  Reservations must be made by February 22, 2018 to receive the discounted room rate.
 
EARLY REGISTRATION FEE: $150 (Remember if you “Pitch Your Project” you will receive a discount!)
 
REGISTRATION DRAWING:  Attendees with paid registrations received by February 16th, 2018 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card (must be present to win). The winner will be randomly drawn at the networking reception on March 13th, 2018.  
 
REGISTRATION FEE after 2/16/18:  $200
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION:  Continuing education credits are pending approval with the Nebraska Real Estate Commission, the Nebraska Board of Accountancy, the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice and the Nebraska Judicial Branch.
 

SPONSOR INFORMATION 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor?  We have a variety of opportunities for sponsorship available.  http://tiny.cc/2018Sponsor 
 
For information about the sponsorship levels and benefits click here
 

2018 SPONSORS

Advantage Capital
Advantage Capital has been investing in underserved communities, generating permanent jobs, safe quality housing and broader economic development for over 25 years. Through our Omaha office, our LIHTC Syndication Team provides Nebraska affordable housing developers with state tax credit equity to realize their new construction, rehabilitation and mixed-use developments. Beyond competitive pricing and exceptional terms, our staff offers local and national expertise and unparalleled responsiveness, making us a valued member of your closing team. 

Ameritas Investment Corp.
At Ameritas, fulfilling life is what we do daily. We continuously strive to help our customers enjoy life at its very best by reducing uncertainty, helping grow assets and protecting what is most cherished. Backed by a foundation of financial strength, we offer a competitive array of insurance, employee benefits and financial products and services. And we service them in a highly welcoming, ethical and professional manner that builds lasting trust and enduring relationships. We’re here to help customers put worry behind and the future ahead and help enable a life that’s rich in family, happiness, health and financial security. When lives are fulfilled, our mission is fulfilled.

Bonneville Multifamily Capital
Bonneville Multifamily Capital is a national lender with a reputation for personal service. We focus on Multifamily USDA RD loans and HUD/FHA loans and are the largest originator of USDA 538 loans in the country with well over 300 closings. Permanent, Construction/Perm, Rehab/Perm and 4% Bond deals are all structures we have worked with and used. These federally backed loans are an excellent source of financing with low-interest rates, high LTV, long amortization, for rural multifamily housing projects.

Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, LLC
Cline Williams, a full service law firm, recently celebrated its 160th year of serving clients.  The firm has 63 active attorneys across six offices in Nebraska and Colorado.”

Cornhusker Bank
Cornhusker Bank is more than just a financial institution. We’re your neighbor. As a member of the Lincoln area community for more than 100 years, Cornhusker Bank understands Lincoln and how important trusted relationships are. No matter what your needs, our local ownership and decision makers are here to react and deliver quality solutions you can count on. Committed to your success is not just a goal, it’s how we live. Our 360 service model is focused on surrounding you with the best experience possible. We strive to continuously enhance your experience each and every day, in order to be “the bank of choice” for both our internal and external customers. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. We value the trust you have in our team at Cornhusker Bank. Stop by a branch some time and have a cup of coffee with us.

D.A. Davidson & Co.
As a national and Nebraska leader in public finance, D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Fixed Income Capital Markets group specializes in financing projects for communities in an array of projects. Our Nebraska team offers experience and expertise in securing funding for housing developments, affordable housing projects, healthcare, cities and counties, and other governmental agencies. Our public finance bankers are committed to the growth of Nebraska hometowns through innovative borrowing solutions as Underwriters, Municipal Advisors, or privately placing loans. D.A. Davidson is committed to strengthening communities, expanding economic development and enriching the lives of Nebraskans.

Enterprise Community Investment
Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people's lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over 35 years, Enterprise has created nearly 470,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.

Federal Home Loan Bank
Whether you are converting a treasured downtown building into senior citizens' housing or making a commercial loan to finance the construction of affordable housing in a low-income neighborhood, FHLBank Topeka's affordable housing and community development programs can help. From down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers to repair and maintenance assistance for homeowners, FHLBank Topeka is proud to partner with our member financial institutions in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma to make the dream of homeownership a reality and the maintenance of older homes a possibility. Together, we can benefit our members, our citizens and our communities.

First National Bank
First National Bank has a passion for giving back to the communities we serve so that they are successful and continue to thrive.  Supporting community partners via sponsorships, donations, grants, community investments and volunteerism is something we have been committed to for 160 years.  First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, which is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States.  First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
 
George K. Baum & Company
Founded in 1928 and still owned by the Baum family, George K. Baum & Company is a full service investment banking firm specializing in municipal underwriting and financial advisory services. Affordable/work force housing is one of our many areas of specialization. Why go to Wall Street for your capital? GKB bankers provide the industry standard for service that goes beyond just underwriting your bonds.

Horizon Bank
There is no substitute for a lender experienced in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Financing and Horizon Bank has extensive experience working with LIHTC developments and Historic Tax Credits. Horizon Bank has provided financing for over 550 developments since 1993. www.horizonbankne.com (402)786-2555 Building Communities - Building Relationships

J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world's most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. The Firm and its Foundation give approximately US$200 million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world. We also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing our many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.
 
Kutak Rock
Kutak Rock LLP is a national law firm of more than 500 lawyers with offices from coast to coast. Our firm serves local, regional and national clients in a practice that spans a wide range of disciplines. Our firm's primary practice concentrations are business and corporate law, public finance, litigation and real estate law, with numerous areas of specialization. We have represented hundreds of state and local governmental units, a substantial number of Fortune 500 corporations, every major investment banking firm in the United States, major European, Asian and domestic money-center banks, insurance companies, national real estate investors and developers, major national franchising enterprises and numerous other financial institutions and businesses.  Read more: http://www.kutakrock.com/thefirm/uniGC.aspx?xpST=AboutUs

Midwest Housing Equity Group
Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. (MHEG) was created in 1993 with the objective to raise equity capital to invest into affordable rental housing throughout Nebraska through use of the federal low income housing tax credit program as defined in Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. MHEG later expanded into Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Twenty years later, MHEG has become a successful and experienced tax credit syndicator servicing the Midwest. Since our inception, MHEG has become a leader in affordable housing and has developed extensive skills and knowledge by working with a wide variety of housing types and populations. Our success is a direct result of our staff‘s dedication and expertise. MHEG provides technical assistance to developers, owners and managers on the development and management of tax credit properties; as well as asset management to monitor and mitigate risk of the properties for the 15 year compliance period. To date, we have raised $1.7 billion in equity and partnered in the development of over 500 projects, creating 15,500 affordable housing units with no foreclosures and no loss of credits to our investors.

Novogradac & Company LLP
Novogradac & Company LLP is a national certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco with offices nationwide, including metro Kansas City. The firm maintains clients in a broad range of industries with a major emphasis in the real estate sector. Novogradac's valuation advisory services span across an array of market and value- related issues and property types. Our appraisal, market study and feasibility analysis services provide our clients with crucial information at various points along the investment horizon. Whether making a decision regarding acquisition and development, project positioning, financing, or disposition decisions, Novogradac can provide the insight necessary to make decisions in today's complex marketplace. Since 2003, our team has completed approximately 19,000 market studies nationwide.

Sugar Creek Capital
Sugar Creek Capital is a team of experienced individuals who bring maximum value and financial strength to affordable housing partnerships. Sugar Creek leads the nation in state low-income housing tax credit investments that benefit working families and fixed-income seniors. If you have questions about how we can help you please call Scott Nixon, 314-561-6820.

Twain Financial Partners
Twain Financial Partners is an investment management firm located in St. Louis, MO with over $4 billion in assets under management within the public-private partnership sector. The firm works with a wide variety of investment types, specializing in tax credit, structured debt, and real estate transactions. Twain works closely with financial institutions, corporations, and high-net-worth individuals to structure and manage investments that offer both attractive economic return and social benefits.

US Bank 
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage is one of the nation's most stable and respected mortgage companies. With nearly half a century of experience in Mortgage Banking, the HFA Division has exceeded the expectations of affordable housing Lenders, Homebuyers, and Housing Finance Agencies by providing the highest level of service.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo is committed to the affordable housing industry. Whether you need trustee services, construction or permanent financing, or equity through the sale of tax credits, we can help you reach your financing goals. To learn more, visit wellsfargo.com/affordablehousing.

West Gate Bank
West Gate Bank Mortgage (WGBM) is a correspondent services provider located in Lincoln, NE. Working with mortgage lenders throughout the heartland, WGBM provides customers a written non-compete pledge while retaining servicing on conventional conforming loans. Visit us to discuss pricing, delegated and non-delegated execution and non-conforming loan solutions. West Gate Bank Mortgage—Large Enough To Serve You, But Small Enough To Care.

 

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

This is a great opportunity for you to be an Exhibitor and showcase your product or service to a large number of people within the housing industry.  Expand your peer network, meet new business contacts and explore new client opportunities by signing up to be an Exhibitor!  
 
Exhibitors are provided a 6’ table and access to electricity in our Innovation Hall.  
 
We encourage exhibitors to provide a logo and brief description of their organization prior to the conference so it can be distributed in all conference materials.  Exhibitors will also be included on the BINGO card that attendees will need to have stamped by each exhibitor in order to be eligible for the giveaway prize drawing on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. 
 
For more information or to sign up to become an exhibitor: http://tiny.cc/2018Exhibitor

2018 EXHIBITORS

Advantage Capital
Advantage Capital has been investing in underserved communities, generating permanent jobs, safe quality housing and broader economic development for over 25 years. Through our Omaha office, our LIHTC Syndication Team provides Nebraska affordable housing developers with state tax credit equity to realize their new construction, rehabilitation and mixed-use developments. Beyond competitive pricing and exceptional terms, our staff offers local and national expertise and unparalleled responsiveness, making us a valued member of your closing team.

Assistive Technology Partnership
The Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) assists Nebraskans with disabilities in obtaining assistive technology and home/vehicle modifications. Funding coordination, agreements with their partners (including DHHS, Nebraska VR, and other organizations), along with cost effective home modifications result in independent living in a more accessible environment.

Bonneville Multifamily
Bonneville Multifamily Capital is a national lender with a reputation for personal service. We focus on Multifamily USDA RD loans and HUD/FHA loans and are the largest originator of USDA 538 loans in the country with well over 300 closings. Permanent, Construction/Perm, Rehab/Perm and 4% Bond deals are all structures we have worked with and used. These federally backed loans are an excellent source of financing with low-interest rates, high LTV, long amortization, for rural multifamily housing projects.

Bridges To Hope
Bridges to Hope is a nonprofit organization that provides tangible items to men and women reentering society after incarceration. These men and women face a number of obstacles as they try to re-establish themselves as contributing citizens, including finding a place to live and employment, both of which are difficult with a criminal record. If they do find employment, it will often cover rent, utilities and food expenses, but most likely the reentrant will not make enough money to furnish a home. Bridges to Hope is able to assist the reentrants by providing donated clothing, furniture, household items, and personal hygiene products at no cost to the reentrants.

CDS Inspections & Beyond
CDS Inspections & Beyond, Inc., is your premier choice for Home Inspections and residential / commercial environmental testing for Asbestos, Radon, Lead Paint & Mold. With their Thermal Imaging Camera, they can identify areas of moisture intrusion and heat loss that cost homeowners money. CDS offers EPA RRP contractor training upon request across the state. CDS was established in 2000, and is owned and operated by Randy & Leigh Alexander. Randy & Leigh travel across the state providing quality services with a personal touch. Leigh is a CDBG Certified Grant Administrator specializing in housing programs. Randy serves as the Housing Rehab Specialist bringing his 25+ years of construction experience to the effective administration of the housing grants CDS oversees.

City of Omaha
The Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is one of three divisions comprising the City of Omaha's Planning Department.  Its primary mission is neighborhood revitalization.  Through housing and other community development programs, HCD addresses a variety of quality of life concerns in the City's older, more distressed neighborhoods.  
 
City of Omaha Human Rights & Relations Department
The City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department works toward Fair Housing in the community; whether it is eliminating discrimination in Fair Housing or working toward affordable fair housing in the community.

D.A. Davidson & Co.
As a national and Nebraska leader in public finance, D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Fixed Income Capital Markets group specializes in financing projects for communities in an array of projects. Our Nebraska team offers experience and expertise in securing funding for housing developments, affordable housing projects, healthcare, cities and counties, and other governmental agencies. Our public finance bankers are committed to the growth of Nebraska hometowns through innovative borrowing solutions as Underwriters, Municipal Advisors, or privately placing loans. D.A. Davidson is committed to strengthening communities, expanding economic development and enriching the lives of Nebraskans.

Dicon Construction
Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Dicon Construction is one of the Midwest’s most experienced and diversified general contracting firms. Among others, we work with real estate developers, business and property owners, and various organizations to make complex concepts a reality. Since 1975, we have completed an array of projects throughout 16 different states. While long-known for an ability to “move with the market,” our firm specializes in the following project types: Multi-Family Historic Renovations Medical & Senior Living Retail & Restaurants Commercial Tenant Improvements Educational & Religious Facilities

Enterprise Community Investment
Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people's lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over 35 years, Enterprise has created nearly 470,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org 

Federal Home Loan Bank – Topeka
Whether you are converting a treasured downtown building into senior citizens' housing or making a commercial loan to finance the construction of affordable housing in a low-income neighborhood, FHLBank Topeka's affordable housing and community development programs can help. From down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers to repair and maintenance assistance for homeowners, FHLBank Topeka is proud to partner with our member financial institutions in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma to make the dream of homeownership a reality and the maintenance of older homes a possibility. Together, we can benefit our members, our citizens and our communities.

First American Title Omaha NCS
Our team of commercial real estate experts, veteran national underwriters and experienced transaction managers all share one common goal: getting you — and your transaction — across the finish line.

Habitat for Humanity – Omaha
Our Vision “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Our Mission Statement “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” All Are Welcome Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat Omaha welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Hanna:Keelan
Hanna:Keelan Associates is a Nebraska-based community and regional planning and housing consulting firm.

Horizon Bank
There is no substitute for a lender experienced in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Financing and Horizon Bank has extensive experience working with LIHTC developments and Historic Tax Credits. Horizon Bank has provided financing for over 550 developments since 1993. www.horizonbankne.com (402)786-2555 Building Communities - Building Relationships

Lea & Company
LEA & COMPANY provides Affordable Housing Valuation and Consulting Solutions within the Affordable Housing Industry. We are experienced in the interpretation of the myriad of regulations and procedures affecting valuation issues within the dynamic affordable housing industry. Our work specializes within programs that have reporting requirements that require specialized knowledge both of the program and property type. Our services include tax credit application market studies and appraisals, lender appraisals, and feasibility consulting. We work extensively with proposed and existing family and senior LIHTC properties, USDA Rural Development properties, and HUD properties including the Mark-To-Market program providing Rent Comparability Studies and MAP valuation services. Contact Jay Wortmann at 402.202.0771 or jaywortmann@leacompany.com. We look forward to partnering with you soon!

Midwest Housing Equity Group
Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. (MHEG) was created in 1993 with the objective to raise equity capital to invest into affordable rental housing throughout Nebraska through use of the federal low income housing tax credit program as defined in Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. MHEG later expanded into Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Twenty years later, MHEG has become a successful and experienced tax credit syndicator servicing the Midwest. Since our inception, MHEG has become a leader in affordable housing and has developed extensive skills and knowledge by working with a wide variety of housing types and populations. Our success is a direct result of our staff‘s dedication and expertise. MHEG provides technical assistance to developers, owners and managers on the development and management of tax credit properties; as well as asset management to monitor and mitigate risk of the properties for the 15 year compliance period. To date, we have raised $1.7 billion in equity and partnered in the development of over 500 projects, creating 15,500 affordable housing units with no foreclosures and no loss of credits to our investors.

NAHRO
The Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is a non-profit driven association of housing and community development providers dedicated to empowering its members in their advancement of the public causes of affordable housing, support services, and viable, sustainable communities that will enhance the quality of life, self-sufficiency, and independent living of Nebraskans through legislative advocacy, professional development, marketing, networking, peer recognition's, stakeholder collaboration, and the highest standards of ethics and accountability.

Nebraska Health & Human Services


Omaha Municipal Land Bank
We’re Omaha Municipal Land Bank (OMLB), and our goal is simple: transform Omaha’s distressed properties into positive community assets. We will access and acquire vacant and distressed properties and sell them to be redeveloped.

Schemmer Associates Inc.
Design with Purpose. Build with Confidence. There is no rule – unwritten or otherwise – that says the creation of something that is unique, yet functional, need be problematic and stressful. Which is why the men and women of Schemmer take the opposite tact, infusing the design and construction process with a collaborative spirit that forges a unified sense of purpose and confidence among all involved. Schemmer is a full-service architecture, engineering and construction field services consultant, providing responsible solutions for complex design and construction-related challenges. Founded in 1959, we are grounded in our past but remain fully committed to the future. Located in three States and six offices throughout the Midwest, Schemmer is providing services to clients throughout the United States.

Seldin Company
Seldin Company is a leading property management firm with deep roots throughout the Central United States. Headquartered in the heart of the Great Plains (Omaha, NE), Seldin was founded in 1923 and engages in the management and expansion of multifamily apartment communities. With decades of expertise managing affordable and conventional communities, Seldin Company is proud to be an employer of choice and manager of properties that are the best places for residents to call home.

Tobacco Free
Tobacco Free Nebraska (TFN) is the state's comprehensive tobacco prevention program that works to: •Help people quit, •Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, •Keep youth from starting, •Reach underserved populations.

Twain Financial Partners
Twain Financial Partners is an investment management firm located in St. Louis, MO with over $4 billion in assets under management within the public-private partnership sector. The firm works with a wide variety of investment types, specializing in tax credit, structured debt, and real estate transactions. Twain works closely with financial institutions, corporations, and high-net-worth individuals to structure and manage investments that offer both attractive economic return and social benefits.

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural Nebraska and offers programs that assist in many ways. We offer loans, grants, and loan guarantees to support essential services such as economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, water, electric and communications infrastructure, as well as both single and multi-family housing. These housing programs help rural residents buy or rent, safe, affordable housing and also allows them to improve, modernize or make health and safety repairs to their homes. 
 
US Bank Home Mortgage
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage is one of the nation's most stable and respected mortgage companies. With nearly half a century of experience in Mortgage Banking, the HFA Division has exceeded the expectations of affordable housing Lenders, Homebuyers, and Housing Finance Agencies by providing the highest level of service.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo is committed to the affordable housing industry. Whether you need trustee services, construction or permanent financing, or equity through the sale of tax credits, we can help you reach your financing goals. To learn more, visit wellsfargo.com/affordablehousing.

West Gate Bank
West Gate Bank Mortgage (WGBM) is a correspondent services provider located in Lincoln, NE. Working with mortgage lenders throughout the heartland, WGBM provides customers a written non-compete pledge while retaining servicing on conventional conforming loans. Visit us to discuss pricing, delegated and non-delegated execution and non-conforming loan solutions. West Gate Bank Mortgage—Large Enough To Serve You, But Small Enough To Care.

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Housing Innovation Marketplace

Hometown Heroes - "Building Our Future"

March 21-22, 2017

The 15th annual Housing Innovation Marketplace was a great success with over 419 attendees from Nebraska and 15 additional states.  There were 34 exhibitors showcasing products and services from various areas of housing, supportive services and finance industries.  

2016 Housing Innovation Marketplace -

'Hometown Nebraska: Celebrate Success - Embrace Opportunities'

NIFA hosted it's 14th annual affordable housing conference on March 22 & 23 2016 at the La Vista Conference Center located at 12560 Westport Pkwy.

Housing Innovation Marketplace

Our annual conference brings together more than 400 community leaders and housing partners from across Nebraska and the country to discuss affordable housing and community development.