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CDFA Rural Development Finance Update - January 19, 2021

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January 19, 2021
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Announcing the CDFA Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is pleased to announce the CDFA Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This program is targeted at rural communities that faced a recent natural disaster and need assistance using the USDA Community Facilities Program.

Fannie Mae Multifamily Has Completed $1.5B of LIHTC Investments
Fannie Mae's equity investments involve working with our LIHTC syndicator partners, developers, and housing experts to help preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing. Of the 576 LIHTC properties benefitting from Fannie Mae's equity investments, 177 are in rural communities in 38 states and 41 serve high-needs rural regions and populations, including Native American communities.

Arizona Community Foundation and USDA Announce a Development Partnership Serving Rural Arizona
The Arizona Community Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development have launched a public-private partnership to support rural Arizona. ACF will provide $5 million in a revolving line of below-market rate financing to help rural communities access approximately $40 million annually in USDA funding for infrastructure projects that will improve water systems, schools, affordable housing, firehouses, parks, and related needs.

Using Tax Policy to Promote Rural Development
The yawning economic gap between rural areas and the rest of the United States shows up in higher permanent nonemployment rates, higher minimum-wage employment, opioid abuse, incarceration, and premature death.

HUD Announces $10M in Capacity Building Grants for Rural America
HUD has awarded $10 million in capacity-building grants to five national non-profit organizations which will, in turn, fund rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations, Community Housing Development Organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for hard-working, low-income families and individuals.

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women's Business Centers in 30 Years
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women's Business Centers (WBCs) across America to serve rural, urban, and underserved communities alike. The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure.

FCC Puts $191M Behind Florida Rural Broadband Expansion
The Federal Communications Commission has awarded $191 million to Florida internet providers to expand their infrastructure to pockets of rural Florida. The funding was awarded through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a program established in January to expand high-speed, low-latency broadband networks into unserved rural areas.

Building Resilient Rural Places: Strategies from Local Leaders to Strengthen Rural Assets, Diversity, and Dynamism
As the COVID-19 pandemic tests the resilience of rural economies in real-time, this five-part research series argues that our attention should not be focused on an outdated, inaccurate image of rural America, but rather on understanding, sustaining, and investing in the hyperlocal strategies already working to bring growth and equity to increasingly diverse and dynamic rural areas.

Upcoming Events
Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series: Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:00 PM Eastern
The first installment of the 2021 CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series will cover the various forms of financing programs available to state and local governments through Treasury, HUD, and EDA for restoring local economies.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Rural Broadband and Telehealth Financing
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 2:00 PM Eastern
During this webinar, experts will explain how rural communities can embrace the challenges of financing high-speed internet for the economic and societal gains provided by broadband.

USDA Rural Development News

Trump Administration Invests $16M in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Illinois, Oregon, and South Carolina
The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $16 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Illinois, Oregon, and South Carolina. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

USDA Opens Loan, Grant Applications to Support Rural Microenterprises
The USDA has opened a call for applications for loans and grants to support rural microenterprises through its Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. The program provides loans and grants to a nonprofit entity or institution of higher education to establish revolving loan funds. These funds then provide loans or training and technical assistance to rural microloan borrowers and microentrepreneurs.

Significant Investment in Rural Communities Seen in 2020
Throughout 2020, a record number of $40 billion of investment was made in rural communities to help bolster their local economies. Investments were made in areas of water infrastructure, high-speed broadband, and business development. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helped to provide rural areas with a substantial amount of support to strengthen rural businesses and communities.

Building a Deeper Toolbox to Help Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
During a panel at the virtual Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference hosted by Farm Foundation and the USDA's Economic Research Service, information was shared for some of the tools passed along from earlier generations. But what happens when a prospective agricultural producer is the first generation to have an interest in farming or ranching? What if a farmer or rancher doesn't have land to inherit or family members to learn the business from?

USDA Invests $11.3M in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Alaska
The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $11.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Alaska. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

Trump Administration Invests $4.6M in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia
The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $4.6 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Georgia. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

Rural Development Finance News

Property Tax Relief Remains Governor Ricketts' First Priority
Enterprise Pub | Jan. 19 | Rural Development | Tax Credits

Three Ag Loans Approved in Kentucky
WTVQ | Jan. 8 | Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Rural Development

Utah Allocates $30M CARES Funding to Build Fiber Optic Information Highways
Construction Equipment Guide | Dec. 29 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Healthcare | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | COVID-19 | Broadband

How Small Towns Can Ride the Public-Private Partnership Wave
Forbes | Dec. 29 | Infrastructure Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Redevelopment | Rural Development

Tennessee Announces $12.4M Loan for City of White House Water Improvements
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation | Dec. 22 | Rural Development | Water Finance

City Of Liberal, KS Approves General Obligation Bonds
KSCB News | Dec. 14 | Bond Finance | Community Development | Rural Development

Opportunity Zone Round Table Discussion on Millionacres Podcast
Millionacres | Dec. 4 | Agriculture Finance | Economic Development | Opportunity Zones | Rural Development

Examining the 2020 Election Through the Lenses of Population Growth, Jobs, and Business Formation
EIG | Dec. 2 | Economic Development | Federal | Legislative | Rural Development | Urban Development

Farm Finances Stabilized by Government Relief and Good Production
Duluth News Tribune | Nov. 18 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Rural Development | COVID-19

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike. For more information, visit www.CDFA.net or email info@cdfa.net.

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Columbus, OH 43215
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