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April 17-19, 2023

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln NE 68508

New name, new look, new location—same great conference!

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Annual NIFA Conference, April 18-19

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Annual Lender Training, April 17

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Annual LIHTC Compliance Training, April 17-18

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Sponsors & Exhibitors, April 17-19



Download a PDF of the Innovation Expo agenda here.

Key:  home icon Homeownership  •  rental icon Rental  •  lightbulb icon Technical  •  ag icon Agriculture

Monday, April 17, 2023

TimesTrackTitleBrief Description
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.rental iconLIHTC Annual Compliance TrainingRegister Now
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.home iconAnnual NIFA Participating Lender Training
9 a.m. - Noon: Processors
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Operations/Sales
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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

TimesTrackTitleBrief Description
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.rental iconLIHTC Annual Compliance TrainingDay 2 and Luncheon
8 - 9 a.m.PlenaryBreakfast & Opening RemarksShannon Harner, NIFA
9 - 9:15 a.m. Break 
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.home iconFinancial LiteracyHow to better prepare people for homeownership by teaching financial literacy.
 rental iconLegislative UpdatesNational update on changes to LIHTC program.
 lightbulb iconOpportunity Starts at HomeEnhancing public safety by addressing housing issues in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
 ag iconOpportunities for Beginning Farmers/RanchersExploring beginning farmer and rancher financial opportunities.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break 
10:45 a.m. - Noonhome iconHomebuying in a Digital AgeHomebuying online: best practices for IT security?
 rental iconResources for Multifamily DevelopmentHow to finance a multifamily real estate development project.
 lightbulb iconNew NebraskansProviding crucial tools including housing, employment and cultural adaptation to refugees.
 ag iconEncouraging Traditionally Underserved Ag ProsHow do we support and encourage the traditionally underserved farming and ranching populations in Nebraska?
Noon - 1:30 p.m.PlenaryHousing Champion Luncheon & Entertainment 
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break 
1:45 - 3 p.m.home iconRural Housing Challenges & OpportunitiesA discussion on the unique challenges rural communities face when creating affordable housing.
 rental iconAverage Income Minimum Set Aside ElectionReview IRS guidelines and NIFA policies.
 lightbulb iconDesign OpportunitiesGood design doesn't have to cost a lot to make people feel safe.
 ag iconAgriculture and ClimateThe interconnective relationship between climate and agriculture.
3 - 3:30 p.m. Break 
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.home iconHomeownership RoundtableOpen discussion on what's happening in single family homeownership.
 rental iconLIHTC Site InspectionsWhat do you need to know to prepare for your inspection?
 lightbulb iconCommunity ShowcaseFind out what communities are doing to get ready for future development.
 ag iconSuccession PlanningAn intentional conversation about developing future plans for the farm/ranch.
4:45 - 5 p.m. Break 
5 - 7 p.m.PlenaryNetworking ReceptionJoin us for heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

TimesTrackTitleBrief Description
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.PlenaryBreakfast and Opening RemarksTony Goins, NE Dept. of Economic Development
9:15 - 10:45 a.m.home iconNebraska Homeowners Assistance FundA report on the success and future of the NHAF program.
 rental iconProperty Resources and Innovative Supportive ServicesInnovative ideas to improve renter credit scores, options to pay rent and new programs.
 lightbulb iconSupporting Rural NebraskaThe Emergency Rental Assistance Program has ended—where do we go from here?
10:45 - 11 a.m. Break 
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.home iconIncreasing HomeownershipHomeownership tools and programs targeting those outside the traditional programs.
 rental iconCurrent Trends in Fair HousingFair housing is more than a list of dos and don'ts. Learn how fair housing embraces equal opportunity for all.
 lightbulb iconAmerican Rescue Plan Act UpdateUtilizing ARPA funds for the most impact.
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.PlenaryHousing Hall of Fame Luncheon