Washington, DC will play host to the NRLA Annual Conference. The nation's capital was selected as the location to be close to the policy makers that create the rules, regulations and funding policies that make up the guaranteed lending industry works. The proximity of these decision makers will give us the ability to interact with them in a one on one setting.

The 2 day conference will be held at the Farmer Mac First Floor Conference Facility at 1999 K Street, N.W.. A block of rooms have been reserved for the conference just a few blocks away the conference location at the Lowes Madison Hotel special prices are available for conference attendees. The conference includes morning and afternoon keynote speeches by government policy makers from USDA and members of the private lending sector. There will be a special USDA lead training session on the new regulations that effect each loan. Plus there will be round table discussions on the Secondary Loan Market and Q&A sessions on Community Facilities Loans, Business and Industry Loans and FSA updates. There will be presentations on Rural Energy for America Programs (REAP), new and existing Environmental Regulations, National Associations of Credit Specialists (NACS), USDA Native American Programs, 538 Multi-Family Housing Programs. The conference is designed to provide access to meet with Federal officials, industry leaders and program administrators.

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Our mission is to advocate for USDA Guaranteed Lending programs to support rural economic development. Guaranteed lending is an often overlooked resource for the needed capital for businesses and communities in rural America that often goes unmet. Various guaranteed lending programs fill an important gap in access to capital for rural business, communities, not-for-profits and tribal entities. NRLA hopes to educate the banking communities of the advantages of such loans through their membership and outreach to improve rural communities.