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CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Newsletter - March 2015
March 25, 2015
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CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Newsletter


Vets Get Discount Loans for Green Home Improvements
SELF is funding energy efficient home project loans for veterans and working with contractors who hire and train veterans turned tradesmen to do the installation for the projects, according to CBS12.

FL County to Challenge Federal Bond Allocation for Train
Indian River Co. plans to challenge the USDOT's $1.75B PAB allocation for the All Aboard Florida passenger train project. Traffic impacts, delays for emergency vehicles, flood, and archeological issues are among the concerns raised by the county, according to The Bond Buyer.

Florida's City of Venice Issues $15.4M Green Muni Bond
The City of Venice, Florida, has issued a $15.4M green muni bond. It has 18 tranches with maturities ranging from 2016-2035 and coupons between 2-5%. The bond is rated AA, Aa2 and AA by S&P, Moody's and Fitch respectively.

Village Center CDD Disagrees With IRS
According to The Bond Buyer, the IRS claims bonds the Village Center Community Development District in Florida  issued are taxable. The CDD disagrees with the IRS notices claiming that it is not treated as a political subdivision nor are its bonds PABs.

Destin, FL Resort Gets $44M Loan for Development
Financing for the first phase of a new $300 million beach resort and spa development includes an EB-5 component of about $50 million and a $44 million construction loan, according to Avison Young and Mortgage Observer Weekly.

Upcoming Events

2015 CDFA Florida Conference
August 5 - 6, 2015
Join CDFA for the second annual Florida Financing Roundtable Conference on August 5-6, 2015. This two-day conference will focus on the use of bond financing to support infrastructure, energy, redevelopment, non-profits, manufacturing and transit. In addition, economic development finance experts and leaders from around the state will discuss innovative development finance tools and projects, emerging resources and approaches, and how these methods can catalyze investment in the Florida economy.

CDFA is excited to partner with FDFC to host this specialized initiative for the economic development and project finance professionals in the state. The conference will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort, FL and is supported by dozens of the state's finest development finance leaders. Register today to reserve your spot at the 2015 CDFA Florida Financing Roundtable Conference.

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.

Florida News

Florida Continues Refunding Frenzy
The Bond Buyer | Mar. 23 | Bond Finance

Florida Toll Agency OK's $200M TIFIA Loan
The Bond Buyer | Mar. 23 | Infrastructure Finance | State Finance Program

EPA Announces Supplemental Funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
US EPA | Mar. 23 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Orlando Insight Newsletter
Orlando EDC | Mar. 11 | Economic Development | Local Finance Program

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

Cities Paying Millions to Get Out of Bad Bank Deals
GOVERNING | Mar. 11 | Bond Finance | Economic Development

Plug-and-Play Residential PACE Financing Grows in CA
Green Tech Efficiency | Mar. 9 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Brooksville to Move Forward with Assessments of 3 Brownfields
Tampa Bay Times | Mar. 6 | Access to Capital | Brownfield Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Residence Inn by Marriott Breaks Ground in Miami
South Florida Business Journal | Mar. 5 | EB-5 Visa

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)

Access Florida Finance Corporation Newsletter
Access Florida | Mar. 3 | Access to Capital | State Finance Program

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

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

Southeast Bond Sales Continue Two-Year Slide
The Bond Buyer | Feb. 26 | Bond Finance


Roundtable Partner

Florida Development Finance Corporation

Conference Premium Sponsor

City of North Port

Conference Supporting Sponsor

Florida Business Development 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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