Advanced Webinar Series: Hot Topics in Municipal Finance

The NFMA Education Committee is pleased to announce its Advanced Webinar Series. Registration is complimentary for NFMA members and $100/webinar for non-members.

October 8, Noon Eastern – Airports

COVID-19 has disrupted air travel like nothing before. What are the implications for airports?

Panelists will weigh in on the challenges airports are now facing and the steps they are taking during these unprecedented times. They will also discuss the financial impacts, which will include how federal aid is being utilized. Lastly, the panel will debate how this will fundamentally alter air travel going forward and airports themselves.

Moderator: Michael Sherpherd, VP, Franklin Templeton

Panelists: Kevin Kone, CFO, San Francisco International Airport SFO); Other panelists TBA

To register for this webinar, click here.

October 15, Noon Eastern – New York MTA

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Survival in the face of a pandemic.

COVID-19 has the nation’s largest mass transit system facing depressed ridership, record deficits, and concerns regarding its ability to continue transporting commuters safely and expediently around the New York City region. Some argue that it is “too big to fail” while others believe its challenges pre-date the pandemic. These issues will frame what should be a lively panel discussion about the MTA’s finances, its relationship with NYC/NYS and the Federal Government, and its operating strategy in an uncertain future.

Moderator: Sandy Pae Goldstein, Director, Head of Structuring/Credit, FCO Advisors

Panelists: Vikram Rai, Fixed Income Strategist, Citi; Baltazar Juarez, Senior Credit Analyst, Vanguard, Third panelist TBA

To register for this webinar, click here.

October 21, Noon Eastern – Convention Centers

Will convention centers be relevant post-COVID? Examining the short and long-term impacts of the current pandemic on convention center bonds.

This panel will look at how convention centers are coping during the current pandemic as well as how they may be able to position themselves for the future. We’ll discuss the potential timing of the emergence of a “new normal” for the convention industry and what that might look like. Most importantly, the panel will discuss how this will impact the ability of entities to make full and timely payment of debt service on convention center bonds and how relative value for these bonds may fare going forward.

Moderator: Rachel Barkley, Senior Vice President, Loop Capital Markets

Panelists: Heywood Sanders, Professor of Public Administration, College for Health, Community and Policy, University of Texas at San Antonio; Other panelist TBA

To register for this webinar, click here.

You must register online at, and look for the confirmation email with the link to GoToWebinar to complete the final step to be included (one link for each webinar). Like our Advanced Seminars, this webinar is not open to the press to allow for frank and open discussion.

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