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CDFA Washington Financing Roundtable Newsletter - March 2016
March 16, 2016
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CDFA Washington Financing Roundtable Newsletter


WHEFA Releases 2015 Annual Report
Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority (WHEFA) has released their annual report for 2015, which details ongoing finance projects and last year's successes as well as listing outstanding bonds issued by the organization throughout the state.

Fitch Rates WA Electric Revenue Refunding Bonds AA
Business Wire reports that Fitch Ratings has assigned a AA rating to six different revenue refunding bonds issued by Energy Northwest, the Port of Morrow, and the Lewis County Public Utility District, citing positive credit profiles, regional cooperation debt plans, and reliance on net secondary revenues.

Moody's Assigns Aa2 to Benton County GO Refunding Bonds
Moody's Investor Service assigned an Aa2 rating to Benton County's general obligation refunding bonds, reflecting the district's sizeable and stable tax base, healthy liquidity and reserves, and growing student enrollment.

WA Treasurer Wants to Create Safe Harbor for Competitive Muni Sales
The Bond Buyer reports that Washington State Treasurer James McIntire was the Treasury and the IRS to create a safe harbor for competitive sales of muni bonds in their re-proposed issue price rules, citing concerns from dealer and issuer groups.

Port of Vancouver in WA Sets Plan for 10-Acre Biotech, Retail, Housing Development
The Port of Vancouver has announced plans to begin construction next year on a biotech park that will be a part of a 10-acre mixed-use complex on the Columbia River. A master plan for the complex calls for 100,000 square feet in the biotech park, 12,000 square feet of retail, and a 32,000 square-foot public marketplace and parking.

Only One Bond Measure Fails to Pass Thurston County Special Election
According to The Bond Buyer, the February 9th special election for eleven different bond proposals and levies in Thurston County was successful with ten out of the eleven school and fire district proposals passing.

EB-5-Backed Sheraton Hotel Opens in Des Moines, WA
As reported by the Business Examiner, the 225 room Sheraton Hotel opened on February 11th. The project began in 2013 when a Shanghai real estate company finalized EB-5 funding.

Upcoming Events

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Reaching Your Redevelopment Goals With Revolving Loan Funds
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:30pm EST
Join CDFA, EPA, and experienced brownfield communities as we discuss the key features of a successful Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund and the commonalities and challenges associated with implementing this underutilized financing resource. Learn how even the most challenged or understaffed communities can implement Revolving Loan Fund loans and sub-grants. 

Washington News

New Effort Underway to Build Transit-Oriented Development in Tacoma
The News Tribune | Mar. 11 | Economic Development | Infrastructure Finance

WA Department of Commerce Promotes State Developments at JEC
Washington State Department of Commerce | Mar. 10 | Economic Development | International | State Finance Program

Ballot Initiative in Tacoma Aims to Require Water Intensive Projects to Require Voter Consent
The News Tribune | Mar. 9 | Economic Development | Green Finance | Legislative

Totem Lake Malls to be Redeveloped into Mixed-Use Complex
The Kirkland Reporter | Mar. 8 | Redevelopment

Downtown Yakima Bond Could Balloon to $11.2M
The Bond Buyer | Mar. 7 | Bond Finance | Community Development | Local Finance Program

Spokane Embraces Regional Initiative Assisting in Restaurant Development
Washington Department of Commerce | Mar. 7 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Economic Development | State Finance Program

Far West Issuance Increased 25.6% in 2015
The Bond Buyer | Mar. 7 | Bond Finance

Turning Brownfields Into Assets in Kent, WA
Daily Journal of Commerce | Feb. 25 | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Why the R&D Tax Credit Is Now Better Than Ever
Jacksonville Business Journal | Feb. 23 | Federal | Incentives | Tax Credits


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