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Development Finance Review Weekly
July 20, 2017
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CDFA Submits Tax Reform Recommendations to SFC
CDFA has submitted tax policy recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee as the SFC takes its initial steps toward comprehensive tax reform. The submission comes following a request from SFC Chairman Orrin Hatch for advice and suggestions on ways to improve the tax code from tax policy stakeholders.

What is a STAR Bond?
A STAR Bond is a tax increment financing program which allows city governments in Kansas to issue special revenue bonds that are repaid by all of the revenues received by the city or county from incremental increases in taxes within the designated portion of the city's "sales tax and revenue" (STAR) Bond district. Kansas Legislative Research Department answers other key aspects of a STAR bond.

Proposed Convention Hotel Deal Biggest in Oklahoma City History
Gary Brooks thinks he is facing a complicated financing structure for redeveloping First National Center into a hotel, housing, retail and parking. It's a big deal with a price-tag of $230 million and involves a mix of tax credits and tax increment financing.

Chao: TIGER NOFA Coming Soon
According to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the DOT could begin accepting applications by the end of July for the $500 million of TIGER grants authorized in the omnibus budget measure for fiscal 2017. 

Opinion: The Benefits of Private Financing for Public Works
Authors Sam Barend and Mary Peters provide several arguments in defense of using public-private partnerships to support both urban and rural infrastructure projects.

States Across the US Are Finding Innovative Ways to Finance Energy
Many of the initiatives to move our energy system towards clean, renewable power emanate from the state and local levels. A few cities have already reached the 100 percent clean energy mark, with many more committing to eventually meet that standard.

CDFA Report Provides New Ideas to Redevelop Hotel Grim
CDFA's free brownfield technical assistance program has assisted the Hotel Grim in Texarkana, Texas by providing a report highlighting five strategies that can be utilized to support redevelopment of the site.

Upcoming Events
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News from The Bond Buyer

The latest municipal finance headlines from The Bond Buyer.

Study Finds EMMA Has Reduced Price Volatility, Price Differentials
The MSRB's introduction of EMMA and its subsequent requirements for dealers to disclose near-real time information on the system has narrowed measures of market inefficiencies like price volatility and price differentials but has not eliminated the advantage institutional investors have over retail investors, according to a study from Komla Dzigbede.

New Public Finance Funding Sources Spark Transparency Concerns
A decreased reliance on bonds to finance capital investments has created a need for more municipal market research tools to analyze alternative forms of public financing, according to industry experts.

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CDFA Spotlight

CDFA Releases Redevelopment Financing Roadmap for MQVN, in New Orleans, LA
As part of the CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, CDFA is excited to release the Viet Village Roadmap to Redevelopment for Mary Queen Vietnam Community Development Corporation and Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Upcoming Webcasts

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: 2016 Volume Cap Report and Mid-Year Capital Markets Review
August 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA//BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we'll take a mid-year look at the capital markets, consider the financing trends that volume cap data is showing us, and discuss what you can expect during the last months of 2017.

This Week's Headlines

Howard County Courthouse P3
Hogan Lovells | Jul. 20 | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing

Family-Owned Business Establishes Permanent Home with NJEDA Support
NJEDA | Jul. 20 | Community Development | Economic Development

MBFA Submits Comments on Tax Reform to SFC
Municipal Bonds for America | Jul. 19 | Bond Finance | Legislative

Fitch Spares IL of Credit Downgrade
Illinois Homepage | Jul. 18 | Bond Finance

Cascades Inaugurates New State-Of-The-Art Converting Plant in OR
Cascades | Jul. 18 | Economic Development

DFWR Dedicated $6.75M NMTC Allocation to Akron Community Loan Fund
Development Fund of the Western Reserve | Jul. 18 | Community Development | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Tax Credits

Think Kentucky Releases 2017 State Economic Development Guide
Think Kentucky | Jul. 18 | Economic Development

Belleville, IL Approves $1.2M in TIF Money
Belleville News-Democrat | Jul. 17 | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

MI Adopts New Incentive Tool for Economic Development
The National Law Review | Jul. 17 | Incentives

Growth in the Rural Ozarks Has a Positive Impact in MO
KSMU | Jul. 17 | Rural Development

CA LIHTC Program Supports Affordable Housing on Tribal Lands
KPCC | Jul. 17 | Tax Credits

CA Developers Test New State Certified Credits
Affordable Housing Finance | Jul. 17 | Tax Credits

$25M Budgeted for Mid-Valley Container Reloading Project
Albany Democrat-Herald | Jul. 16 | Economic Development

GROW Act Would be Good for CA Water
The Daily Independent | Jul. 15 | Legislative | Water Finance

Tax Credit Price Drop Impacts WI Affordable Housing
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jul. 15 | Tax Credits

Goodyear, AZ Offering Incentives to Attract Development
ABC 15 | Jul. 14 | Incentives

Greater Egypt Regional Planning Commission Continues Success
EDA | Jul. 14 | Economic Development

MO Task Force Recommends Cuts to Historic Tax Credit Program
KCUR | Jul. 14 | Historic Preservation | Tax Credits

LIHTC Supports Menlo Park Housing Development
Arizona Public Media | Jul. 14 | Tax Credits

IBank Partners With OpenGov on New Reporting Tool
IBank | Jul. 14 | Economic Development

$17M in Bonds Will Support Pueblo, CO Riverwalk
KOAA | Jul. 13 | Bond Finance | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

$3M EDA Grant Will Support New Sahuarita, AZ Manufacturing Project
Tucson News Now | Jul. 13 | Economic Development

OH Film Tax Credit is Good for Cleveland
News 5 | Jul. 13 | Tax Credits

St. Joseph County, IN Commits $18.25M in Bonds to Track Project
NWI Times | Jul. 13 | Bond Finance

New Additions to the Online Resource Database

2017 New Markets Tax Credit Progress Report
Tax Credits
This report, produced by the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, analyzes the flexibility and impact of the New Markets Tax Credit program.  Projects which benefitted from the Credit in the past year include rural and urban incubators, small business loan funds, main street tourism, health clinics, manufacturing, schools and even robotics.

Tax Implications of Real Estate Crowdfunding
This report, produced by AlphaFlow, investigates Real Estate crowdfunding. Real estate crowdfunding has become a new tool for raising real estate investment funds. It allows investors to "pool" their money together for a variety of real estate projects. These projects include single family homes, apartment buildings, commercial properties and even real estate development. In addition, many real estate crowdfunding investments are structured like loans and the investor is paid a stated interest payment.

National Sponsor Spotlight

McGuireWoods McGuireWoods
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NW Financial Group, LLC NW Financial Group, LLC
NW Financial Group LLC is the premier Financial Advisory / Municipal Underwriting firm in the Northeast whose experienced professionals provide unparalleled expert advice to States, Local Governments and Authorities. The professionals that make up...
SB Friedman Development Advisors SB Friedman Development Advisors
SB Friedman Development Advisors is a real estate and development advisory firm specializing in development strategies and public-private partnerships. Founded in 1990, they work with public, private and institutional clients. Their mission is to...

Partner Spotlight

Institute of Economic Development (IED) - United Kingdom Institute of Economic Development (IED) - United Kingdom
The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK's leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established over 30 years ago, the IED's key objective is to represent the interests of...

CDFA Bookstore

Cover thumbnail Development Bond Finance Reference Guide
The Development Bond Finance Reference Guide provides practitioners with a solid foundation for understanding the use of tax-exempt bonds, with an emphasis on small issue industrial development bonds and 501(C)(3) bonds.

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Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300

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