Economic Development: Funding Partners

September 23, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Please join us for the first virtual panel in our economic development series. In this first session, we'll hear from funding partners as we discuss the many challenges and opportunities in our region. We will hear from many of the most influential development partners in the region. You'll have time to ask those burning questions, as well, in this interactive session. 

Please plan on sticking around to reconnect with familiar faces and meet some new ones! There will be dedicated time at the end our program for facilitated networking in small groups. Business development, building your network, and nurturing relationships is a challenge for us all in this new virtual world. SMPS is committed to helping you maintain and expand your network regardless of the format. You'll see this dedicated time in a variety of formats with our programming this year. 

Interested in sponsoring? Please contact Chris Bills at [email protected] to learn how you can support SMPS and future programs.

More about the speakers:

Brandy Del Favero | Development Manager at 3CDC

Brandy Del Favero joined 3CDC in 2012 as a development officer. She later assumed the position of senior development officer, before being promoted to development manager in 2019.  Her responsibilities include real estate project management in the reinvestment and redevelopment of Cincinnati’s Central Business District (CBD) and Over-the-Rhine (OTR).  Prior to joining 3CDC in 2012, Ms. Del Favero served as the owner representative for 3CDC on the $47 million renovation and expansion of Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.  Ms. Del Favero is currently focused on managing the redevelopment of the Court Street Pedestrian Plaza along with restoring several buildings along Court Street into for-sale condominiums and first-floor commercial spaces. She has previously managed many notable projects on behalf of 3CDC, including 4th and Race, the Central Parkway YMCA and the $42 million Homeless to Homes project. These projects all include underwriting the financing and maintaining relationships with project partners, stakeholders and potential investors/developers.  Ms. Del Favero has overseen these projects from inception to completion, serving as an integral piece to their overall success.

Jeanne Schroer | President/CEO at Catalytic Development Funding Corporation of Northern Kentucky

Jeanne Schroer is the President/CEO of the Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky, a not-for-profit company that provides capital and development services to real estate developers and local governments undertaking projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban neighborhoods. Schroer has 35 years of experience as a real estate professional, working for such organizations as Urban Investment and Development Company in Chicago and Corporex Companies, where she served as Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Management Board. Prior to joining the Catalytic Fund, Schroer was the Interim Director of the University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center and Field Service Professor of Real Estate. Schroer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and a Certificate in Economics. She also received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Indiana University.

Harry Blanton | Vice President at HCDC (Hamilton County Development Corporation)

Mr. Blanton has been with the HCDC Economic Development Office for more than 25 years. EDO was created by the Hamilton County Commissioners to provide economic development services to the communities and businesses of Hamilton County. EDO focuses on business retention, expansion and attraction utilizing incentive, financing and site development programs. He received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati and holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Kristen Baker | Executive Director at LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)

Kristen Baker is Executive Director of LISC Greater Cincinnati, providing strategic leadership to housing, economic development, and neighborhood investments.  Kristen joined LISC in 2011 and throughout her career with the organization she has worked to support equitable economic opportunity.  Her most important work at LISC is helping neighbors build community by connecting their vision to funding sources, technical assistance, and other neighborhood revitalization efforts. Kristen has also led LISC efforts to build the capacity of community development corporations, provide technical assistance to a local network of centers for working families, manage a volunteer program that places key staff supports in neighborhoods, and manage key LISC financial investments.  She is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s We Lead program, and is on the leadership team of All-In Cincinnati, a racial equity coalition.

Tom Demeropolis | Senior Reporter at Cincinnati Business Courier

Tom Demeropolis has been with the Cincinnati Business Courier for nearly eight years. Currently, he is senior reporter, covering commercial real estate, residential real estate and development. Prior to joining the Courier, Demeropolis spent 2.5 years at the Dayton Business Journal, also part of American City Business Journals. Demeropolis attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Journalism. There, he worked for the award-winning independent student newspaper, the News Record. He received his master’s in Journalism from Ball State University.

10:30am: Introduction

10:40am: Program

11:30am: Networking break-out rooms 

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Janet Heil at [email protected] or 859-630-2068.

When you register - a link to the session will be sent via a seperate email.

Online registration closes at 9am on Wednesday 9/23. Kindly register in a timely manner to avoid paying additional fees.


$10.00 Greater Cincinnati SMPS Member

$10.00 Student SMPS Member

$10.00 Partnering Organizations (ACI, ABC, NAWIC, SDA, ASPE)

$20.00 Guest Ticket