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CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Newsletter - January 2016
January 27, 2016
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CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Newsletter


IRS Examining Arborwood CDD Board, Land Purchase
The IRS is stepping up its audit of $80 million of Arborwood Community Development District's 2006 bonds and appears to be focusing in part on the Florida CDD's board and land possibly purchased at too high a price.

Palm Beach Regional Center Assists Twin Peaks Restaurant with EB-5 Financing
The Palm Beach Regional Center, a certified EB-5 financier, has provided another Palm Beach County restaurant with international funding.

SELF Completes 500th Project
The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), a non-profit lending organization focused on energy efficiency, clean energy and water conservation, completed its 500th project since its inception in 2010.

All Aboard Florida Gets Another Year to Issue $1.75B in Bonds
The U.S. Department of Transportation gave Florida's private passenger train builders another year to issue $1.75 billion of private activity bonds to partially finance the $3.5 billion project.

Why the Bank of the Ozarks-C1 Bank Deal Matters to Small Business Lending
As reported by The South Florida Business Journal, the pending purchase of C1 Financial Inc. by Bank of the Ozarks may have a negative impact on small business lending in Florida.

Why FL May Be the Next Big Source of PACE Bonds
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans have been available in Florida since 2010, but lending as well as securitization of these loans has lagged far behind California, largely due to a series of lawsuits challenging the program's validity.

Upcoming Events

CDFA Florida Conference
May 4 - 5, 2016 - Tampa, FL
Join the CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable for the third annual conference on May 4 - 5, 2016. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Florida economy going forward. This year the Florida Conference will have a specific concentration on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) as an emerging financing tool designed to catalyze energy efficiency improvements on industrial, commercial & residential structures and its burgeoning market in Florida.

The conference will take place at Hilton Tampa Downtown in Tampa, Florida and is supported by dozens of the state's finest development finance leaders. Register today to reserve your spot at the 2016 CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Conference.

Florida News

Florida Agency Denies Bond Extension for BioNitrogen
The Bond Buyer | Jan. 20 | Bond Finance | Development Finance Toolbox | Economic Development

SEC Visa Fraud Case Rocks Florida City's Downtown Dream
ABC News | Jan. 19 | EB-5 Visa | International | U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

FL, MO, MT, OH to Receive Assistance for Persistent Poverty Areas
USDA | Jan. 19 | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Orlando, Florida Incentives Secure SMRxT Headquarters Relocation
Economic Development Blog | Jan. 11 | Economic Development | Incentives | Member News | State Finance Program

Broward Almost Finished Spending $400 Million to Buy Land and Improve Parks
The Bond Buyer | Jan. 7 | Bond Finance | Rural Development

Florida EB-5 Regional Center and Spoleto Brazil Are Bringing a $25M Expansion to FL
KBMT 12 News | Jan. 6 | EB-5 Visa

Developers, Seeking Tax Break, Want Jacksonville Forest Land Designated as Blighted
The Florida Times Union | Jan. 5 | Redevelopment | Rural Development

US Air Force Announces P3 to Build Solar Arrays at Military Bases
NCPPP | Jan. 5 | Energy Finance | Federal

All But Two States and Puerto Rico Can Issue More PABs in 2016
The Bond Buyer | Jan. 5 | Bond Finance

Smart Energy Toolkit for Brownfields
Mass.gov | Jan. 4 | Brownfield Financing | Economic Development | Green Finance

Writing for Dollars: Winning Grants for Redevelopment
Renewal & Redevelopment | Jan. 4 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

$500K Brownfield Grant to Help Redevelop Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Herald | Jan. 4 | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Officials Promise a Bright 2016 for Palmetto with Many Changes Ahead
Bradenton Herald | Jan. 4 | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Redevelopment

St. Pete Beach CRA Effort Moves Forward
Tampa Bay Newspapers | Dec. 30, 2015 | Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) | Redevelopment

How TD Bank is Helping Tampa General Hospital Save Millions
Business Journal | Dec. 29, 2015 | Bond Finance

GIWA Announces Plans to Improve Water Facilities
Boca Beacon | Dec. 28, 2015 | Access to Capital | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | State Finance Program


Roundtable Partner

Florida Development Finance Corporation

For information about sponsoring the Florida Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement or contact CDFA.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies 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 about CDFA, visit www.cdfa.net or e-mail info@cdfa.net.

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300

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