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March 15, 2018
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CDFA Releases 2018 Policy Agenda
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 CDFA Policy Agenda. The policy areas highlighted seek to address market-based challenges to capital formation, access, and private leverage. To view the agenda, click here.

Boynton Beach, FL Moves Forward with $118M Redevelopment
Boynton Beach officials have given the final OK to pay about $118 million to redevelop 16 acres off Boynton Beach Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly, town center to live, work and play.

DOT Awards $487M in TIGER Grants
The Department of Transportation has awarded $487 million of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants to 41 highway, bridge, rail and other projects in 43 states.

PFA to Provide $140M in TEBs for Hotel Project
The Public Finance Authority will issue $140 million of tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the Lombard Public Facilities Corporation to refinance the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL. The restructuring frees up money to reinvest millions in necessary facility upgrades and improvements to the hotel.

Proposed Guiding Principles for Opportunity Zones
Lisa Hall, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Beeck Center, explores the variety of ways Opportunity Zones can be used as a tool for community development, and not solely a tool for financial gains.

In CT, South Windsor, Agriculture Department Teaming Up To Preserve Farmland
A plan is in place for the town council of South Windsor and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to team up and purchase the development rights of prime Connecticut farmland for $724,000. Funding for the land would come from the $1.9M open space fund which was passed at referendum several years ago.

HTCs, NMTCs Create Permanent Home for Art Museum in St. Paul, MN
A 125-year-old institution in St. Paul, Minn., almost went extinct. That is until historic tax credits (HTCs) and new markets tax credits (NMTCs) helped to bring life back to the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M). 

PACE Used to Finance New Grocery Store in MO
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) was recently used to finance a new grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri. This represents the first project to use PACE financing for new construction in Missouri and also the first project to use PACE for new construction retail in the country.

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Natchez, MS Moves Closer to Refinancing $7M
Natchez moved a step closer toward the refinancing of more than $7 million in debt on the Natchez Convention Center. Natchez aldermen voted to hire an underwriter to aid in the refinancing and a "swap adviser" to terminate a complicated financial arrangement created in 2006 to allow the refinancing to proceed.

NJ Bill Would Spur Munis for Commercial Real Estate Development
New Jersey lawmakers are tackling legislation that would create an easier path for developers to finance large-scale economic development projects with bonds. The state assembly has approved a bill  designed to let developers issue bonds through host municipalities backed by NJEDA.

CDFA is proud to partner with The Bond Buyer as our Official Media Sponsor. Read more about this partnership and all of its benefits here.

CDFA Spotlight

Submit Your Proposal to Present at the 2018 CDFA National Summit
CDFA needs your help to source deals, projects and programs and will be accepting submissions for potential deals, projects and program presentations. If selected, each speaker will be given one complimentary registration to attend the CDFA National Summit.

Upcoming Webcasts

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
April 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM Eastern
In this webinar, CDFA will convene transportation and infrastructure experts to discuss the financing tools available through the DOT. The main focus of the webinar will be on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

This Week's Headlines

Shakopee, MN Approves TIF Redevelopment District
Cision PR Newswire | Mar. 14 | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

KS House Panel Considers Bill Rescinding Law Limiting Issuance of School Bonds
cjonline.com | Mar. 13 | Bond Finance | Legislative

Buffalo Affordable Housing Opens
The Buffalo News | Mar. 13 | Access to Capital | Tax Credits

University of Connecticut to Issue Special Obligation Bonds
MuniNet Guide | Mar. 12 | Bond Finance

Kraft Heinz Hatches Incubator for Disruptive Brands
Food Dive | Mar. 12 | Access to Capital | Food Systems Finance

CDBG Funding Helps Provide Pocatello Senior Activity Center with Oven
Idaho State Journal | Mar. 12 | Access to Capital | Food Systems Finance

CDBG Used for Food Bank's Community Solutions Center in VA
The Roanoke Times | Mar. 12 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Food Systems Finance

MTC Pledges $10M for Affordable Housing Loan Program
PR Newswire | Mar. 12 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

Detroit Land Deal Clears Path for Potential Pro Soccer Stadium
Bloomberg | Mar. 12 | Brownfield Financing | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

Ambitious Redevelopment Seeks $1.35M to Clean Up Shuttered Mill in Vicksburg, MI
MLive | Mar. 12 | Brownfield Financing

Spiegel Associates Arranges $9M Construction Loan for Lippitt Mill
Nerej | Mar. 9 | Bond Finance | Tax Credits

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Create ‘Another Headache' for Renewables
Greentech Media | Mar. 9 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

2018 AL Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Announced
Alabama Historical Commission | Mar. 9 | Historic Preservation | Tax Credits

NM Governor Vetoes Solar Tax Credit Bill
KRQE | Mar. 9 | Legislative | Tax Credits

National Sponsor Spotlight

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The Bond Buyer The Bond Buyer
The Bond Buyer is the only independent information resource serving the municipal finance community. Every day and throughout the day, through its web site, e-newsletters and alerts, and daily print edition, The Bond Buyer reaches more than 25,000...

CDFA Bookstore

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The Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide provides an exploratory overview of how communities can use tax credit finance programs to support economic growth. This guide examines how to effectively apply tax credits to development opportunities, and explains the basics of tax credits and the fundamentals of using these tools.

New Members

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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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Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300

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