The Native CDFI Network, in partnership with NeighborWorks America and Four Directions Development Corporation, is hosting an Eastern Regional Event in Bangor and Carrabassett Valley, Maine!

Join us from September 9-11 to explore how CDFIs + Clean Energy Finance = Jobs + Native Household Savings! This event connects Native CDFIs, housing experts, community leaders, and regional partners to discuss strategies to build sustainable Native economies.

Please join us as we:

  • Explore Innovative Approaches and Best Practices: Discover cutting-edge strategies and best practices in home development and improvement to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability efforts to make these options more accessible for Native homeowners.
  • Learn about CDFIs and Specialized Loan Products: Gain an understanding of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and their tailored loan products for energy efficiency projects. Find out how these financing options can support your initiatives.
  • Gain Insights into Funding Opportunities: Identify available funding opportunities for housing, small business, and energy efficiency projects that support clean energy projects. Understand eligibility criteria, application processes, and deadlines to maximize your funding potential.
  • Discover Regional-Specific Resources and Partnerships: Learn about resources and partnerships aimed at supporting Native CDFIs in advancing clean energy finance options. Understand how collaboration can amplify the impact of your initiatives.

This event provides a unique platform for participants to engage in meaningful discussions, share experiences, and forge collaborations to advance clean energy initiatives and economic equity. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry partners, explore funding options, and leverage regional resources to drive impactful change in your communities. cxc

Lodging and Travel


This three day event will begin on Monday, September 9 with a welcome luncheon and community tour of Penobscot Nation in Bangor. Four Directions Development Corporation will share the history of Four Directions and area tribes that will set the context for ‘where we’ve been’ and their vision for the future.

  • Sockalexis Arena, Penobscot Nation – 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, ME 04468



Carrabassett Valley

Conference meetings will be held on September 10-11 at Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. Tuesday’s NeighborWorks America presentations and workshops will focus on best practices for workforce development, youth development, and housing needs. On Wednesday, NCN will connect housing, workforce development, and household savings with an emerging Clean Energy Finance market that centers Native CDFIs as the cornerstone.

  • Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel – 5092 Sugarloaf Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

The deadline to book your room at the Native CDFI Network group rate is August 23, 2024. To make a reservation, please call (866) 865-1019 and request the Native CDFI Network group rate, or click the link below.

Click here to book at sugarloaf

Thank You, Supporters!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to Pete Upton, NCN CEO, at [email protected] or Kristen Wagner, NCN Program Director, at [email protected].

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Preliminary Agenda

This agenda is subject to change and will be updated periodically. Check back for the latest updates.

Welcome and Community Tour

11:30 am

Welcome Lunch

Sockalexis Arena – 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, ME, 04468

1:30 pm

Community Walking Tour at Penobscot Nation

3:00 pm

Travel to Sugarloaf

Guests will provide their own transportation

6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel – 5092 Sugarloaf Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

NeighborWorks Native Partnership Day

8:00 am

Registration Check-In & Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome and debrief on Community Tour at Penobscot Nation

10:15 am


10:30 am

Facilitated Listening Session

Topics related to stated needs for:

  • Workforce Development
  • Youth Development
  • Housing (needs, innovative strategies [e.g. hotel conversion]

12:00 pm

Lunch with Plenary Speaker

Sponsored by Federal Home Loan Banks

1:00 pm

Facilitated Workshopping/Listening Session on “How do we support each other for success in these areas”:

  • Workforce Development (industry types, potential partners, etc.)
  • Youth Development
  • Housing (needs, innovative strategies [e.g. hotel conversion]

3:00 pm


Please review the ‘Events’ button above and enjoy some recreation time in beautiful Maine!

5:00 pm

Depart for Reception

Transportation provided

6:00 pm

Tour & Reception

Located at Maine Huts and Trails: Flagstaff Hut

Featuring James Beard nominated Native chef, Chef Joe Robbins (Penobscot Nation)

Native CDFI Network Day

8:00 am

Registration Check-In & Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

Pete Upton (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) | CEO/Board Chair | Native CDFI Network

9:15 am

Session Speakers

Topics will be focused on Pathways to Clean Energy Development, information that connects Housing, Workforce Development, etc. with emerging Clean Energy Finance market with NCDFIs as the cornerstone.

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Continued Speaker line-up

4:00 pm