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CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Newsletter - March 2015
March 18, 2015
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CDFA Oregon Financing Roundtable Newsletter


Rural Focus for Business Oregon's 2015 Agenda
Business Oregon's 2015 Rural Agenda seeks to address the lack of rural economic development in the state. The agenda would support projects to: make rural Oregon a center for natural resources innovation, invest in infrastructure supporting rural job growth, and support community development.

Oregon Brownfields Bill Could Help Get Sites Cleaned Up, Developed
According to Oregon Metro, House Bill 2734 would enable communities to establish limited liability organizations, or "land banks", and offer limited property tax cuts to property owners to address the remediation of brownfields.

Grow Oregon Delivers $47M in Direct Economic Impact
Oregon Economic Development Association reports that Grow Oregon delivered $47M in direct economic impact through economic gardening, an economic development approached used by Grow Oregon.

Oregon Rural Made
As a part of the USDA's commitment to strengthening rural economies, a state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report has been released for each state. Each state's fact sheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water, and other infrastructure development.

Business Oregon Start Small-Business Innovation Fund
KTVZ reports that Business Oregon has launched a $400,000 grant fund to help small businesses earn a share of the $2.5 billion in federal research grants awarded annually for the research and development of new products.

Upcoming Events

2015 CDFA Oregon Conference
October 15, 2015
Join CDFA and Business Oregon for the third annual Oregon Financing Roundtable Conference on October 15, 2015. This one-day conference will feature economic development finance experts and leaders from around the state discussing innovative development finance tools and projects, emerging resources and approaches, and how these methods can catalyze investment in the Oregon economy.

CDFA Spotlight

Announcing the CDFA Scholarship Program Presented by PFM
The CDFA Scholarship Program, Presented by Public Financial Management, Inc., is designed to support members and non-members who cannot afford the cost of registration fees. Scholarships are available for several different types of CDFA events, including the National Summit, CDFA Training Institute Courses, and State Roundtable Conferences. View the scholarship application to learn more about requirements and available scholarships.

Oregon News

The Debate on Whether Hillsboro's Enterprise Zone Has Helped or Not
The Oregonian | Mar. 18 | Access to Capital | Economic Development | Legislative | Tax Credits

Bill to Spur Economic Development in Historic Downtowns Moves to Hearing
| Mar. 18 | Economic Development

Eugene RAIN Center Relocation Brings Downtown Revitalization
The Register Guard | Mar. 18 | Economic Development | Innovation Finance

EPA Brownfields Grant Will Aid City of St. Helens
US EPA | Mar. 18 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

SEC Official Eyes Accounting Mandate for Municipal Issuers
Reuters | Mar. 11 | Bond Finance | U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

New Markets Tax Credits News Briefs
Novogradac & Co. | Mar. 5 | Community Development | Tax Credits

EPA Selects 20 Communities for Brownfield Grants to Revitalize Communities
U.S. EPA | Mar. 4 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

CDFA Announces Brownfields Project Marketplace
CDFA | Mar. 3 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing

Mixed Reviews on Disclosing Tax Incentives
Governing | Feb. 27 | Economic Development

Corvallis Startup, Waste2Watergy, Receives $225K Grant
Portland Business Journal | Feb. 27 | Economic Development | Innovation Finance

USDA Announces $14M in Grants for Rural Communities
USDA | Feb. 26 | Food Systems Finance | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

New RiverPlace Hotel Financed with EB-5 Money
The Oregonian | Feb. 25 | EB-5 Visa

iFOS Awarded EPA Grant Monitoring and Technical Assistance 5-Year Contract
PR Newswire | Feb. 24 | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Portland Rewrites Tax Abatement Policy
The Oregonian | Feb. 24 | Tax Credits | Tax Abatements

Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) Application Strategy Session
CDFA | Feb. 20 | Federal

Obama Proposes Higher Funding for Brownfields
Smart Growth America | Feb. 20 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | Legislative

CDFA Announces Brownfields Financing Toolkit
CDFA | Feb. 19 | Brownfield Financing | CDFA Original Research

Beaverton Sets Two March Events to Address New 'Brownfields' Program
Beaverton Valley Times | Feb. 18 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing


Roundtable Partner

Business Oregon

Annual Roundtable Sponsor

KeyBanc Capital Markets

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

Job Postings

Portland Development Commission - Business Opportunity Officer

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.

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100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300

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