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CDFA Bond Finance Update - February 20, 2024

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February 20, 2024
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Coming Up Next Month: CDFA's Intro and Advanced Bond Finance WebCourses
Join CDFA for our upcoming Bond Finance Week! The Intro Bond Finance WebCourse will take place on March 4-5 followed by the Advanced Bond Finance WebCourse on March 6-7. Register for one or both of these courses to learn from experts about how to bring economic growth to your community by utilizing the vast resources of the bond finance industry.

Toby Rittner Featured in The Bond Buyer, Discussing Bonds & TIF to Support Casino Development in Aurora, IL
Toby Rittner, CDFA President and CEO, was interviewed by The Bond Buyer to discuss the city of Aurora's strategic use of bonds and tax increment financing (TIF) districts to support a new casino development. Within the $360 million total cost, the city's $50 million will come from a taxable bond issue, with the bonds paid back using revenues from the increment of one of Aurora's TIF districts. While sharing TIF components, Mr. Rittner also addressed the importance of trust, transparency, and inclusiveness.

Texas Affordable Housing Project Receives $31.5M in PAB Funding
The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) has awarded $31.5 million in Private Activity Bonds (PAB) to Foundation Communities to provide capital for the construction and development of Norman Commons Apartments in Austin. When complete, Norman Commons will create 156 units of affordable rental housing targeted for low-income households who earn no more than 60% of the Median Family Income. Sixteen of the units will be reserved for households at risk of homelessness.

Applications Now Open for the 2024 Caren S. Franzini Fellowship
The Caren S. Franzini Fellowship was created to develop and recognize outstanding women in the field of development finance for their leadership and dedication to the advancement of the industry. This 6-month fellowship program, run through the CDFA Foundation, is open to women employed by a CDFA member organization who have worked in the development finance industry for less than 10 years. Apply by Friday, March 15!

U.S. DOT Approves $2.5B in Private Activity Bonds for Brightline West Project
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved $2.5 billion in Private Activity Bonds authority allocated for the Brightline West High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail project connecting Las Vegas, NV and Southern California. The 218-mile, high-speed rail line will primarily run along the I-15 median. Brightline West's $12 billion high-speed rail project will be a fully electric, zero-emission system to become one of the greenest forms of transportation in the U.S.

New York Announces $100M for Clean Green Schools Under Environmental Bond Act
New York announced that $100 million is now available through the Clean Green Schools Initiative under the historic $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act. The initiative will allow for the advancement of construction projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help public schools improve environmental sustainability and decarbonize school buildings.

Becton, NJ Regional High School Proposes $49.2M Bond for Upgrades
Becton, NJ Regional High School has unveiled a $49.2 million bond proposal dedicated to infrastructure upgrades and renovations. This initiative comes two years after a $55 million proposal was rejected. The school, serving a diversely populated student body from East Rutherford, Carlstadt, and Maywood, is determined to elevate its educational standards, focusing on STEM and vocational training and special education.

Dallas, TX Bond Referendum Increases to Nearly $1.3B
Dallas, TX City Council members agreed to increase the bond plan from $1.1 billion to $1.25 billion for the planned 2024 public improvement bond referendum and public employee pension problems. They also agreed to hold the referendum in May and not November as some people requested.

New Jersey Retires $484M in Bond Debts, Saves Tax Payers $160M
The New Jersey Treasury's Office of Public Finance announced that the Office and other state entities conducted six separate purchases of U.S. Treasury securities using $500 million available for debt defeasance in the NJ Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund. In total, $484 million in NJ Economic Development Authority School Facilities Construction Bonds, NJ General Obligation Bonds, and NJ Building Authority Bonds were defeased.

Fayette County, GA Authorizes Issuance of $35M in Revenue Bonds
Fayette County, GA commissioners approved authorization to issue the $35 million Fayette County Public Facilities Authority Revenue Bonds (Fayette County Projects), Series 2024, to expedite multiple projects approved through the 2023 special purpose local options sales tax. Funds will finance the acquisition, construction, and equipping of all or a portion of a recreation multi-use facility, a backup emergency 911 center, renovations to the justice center, and stormwater improvement projects.

Market Reports

Capital Market Outlook
Merrill | Feb. 12 | Bond Finance | Market Reports

Weekly Market Outlook
Moody's Analytics | Feb. 8 | Bond Finance | Market Reports

Upcoming Events
Intro Bond Finance WebCourse

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Exploring Bonds as the Foundational Financing Tool
February 27, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, speakers will explore the potential for leveraging this foundational financing tool to cultivate resilient and thriving local and regional food systems.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: The Re-emergence of Bond Banks
March 19, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, panelists will discuss the importance of bond banks, explore their roles, and focus on how they help communities move forward.

Bond Finance Headlines

Hermiston, OR Authorizes $20M in Bonds for Seven Projects
East Oregonian | Feb. 14 | Bond Finance

Salina, KS Authorizes $8.9M Bond Issue to Purchase Firetrucks
Salina Journal | Feb. 14 | Bond Finance

Fitch Rates Howard County, MD's $124M GO Bonds 'AAA'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings | Feb. 12 | Bond Finance | Bond Rating Agencies

Anderson, IN Approves $5.4M Bond for Manufacturing, $10M TIF Bond
Yahoo! Finance | Feb. 9 | Bond Finance | Tax Increment Finance (TIF) | Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs) | TIF Bond Process | TIF Bond Process

Longview, TX to Consider $456.2M Bond for School District Upgrades
Longview Independent School District | Feb. 9 | Bond Finance | 501(c)(3) Bonds

Pawtucket, RI Completes $54.3M Bond Sale for Soccer Stadium
The Providence Journal | Feb. 8 | Bond Finance

Join the Next Session of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webinar: Economic Development & Bond Finance
CDFA | Feb. 7 | Bond Finance | Economic Development | Webcasts

IRS Revises Form 8038-CP for Credit Payments to Issuers of Qualified Bonds
Internal Revenue Service | Jan. 29 | Bond Finance | Build America Bonds (BABs) | Rules and Regulations | Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) | Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) | Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds (RZEDBs)

Ashland, MO Requests $40M Bond for Wastewater Plant Improvements
Boone County Journal | Jan. 24 | Bond Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance | Water Finance | Sewage & Waste

Florida to Sell $3.8B in Bonds to Bolster Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
Insurance Business | Jan. 23 | Bond Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief

Newport, KY to Issue $16.5M Bond to Build Parking Garage
Link NKY | Jan. 23 | Access to Capital | Bond Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Congress Announces $78B Bipartisan Tax Deal
NBC News | Jan. 16 | Bond Finance | Legislative | Tax Credits | Exempt Facility Bonds | Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs)

Alice, TX School District Considering $45M Bond for New Football Stadium
KRIS 6 News | Jan. 16 | Bond Finance

Fitch Affirms Haverford College, PA's IDR and Rev Bonds at 'AA-'; Outlook Positive
Fitch Ratings | Jan. 16 | Bond Finance | Bond Rating Agencies

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