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CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Newsletter - May 2017
May 31, 2017
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CDFA Texas Financing Roundtable Newsletter


TX House Limits Tax Incentives for Wind Turbines Near Military Bases
A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases has received preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers.

Fort Worth, TX, Debating How to Make City More Competitive
Just halfway into a strategic planning process that's taking a deep look at how Fort Worth's economic development programs are working, city officials have already learned of one challenge ahead of them — having an ample and educated workforce for the future.

LEED-Certified Steel Mill Looking to Move to Brownsville, TX
The Port of Brownsville is closer than it's ever been to finally landing a steel mill, something it's been pursuing for decades. Brownsville is one of two finalists for a $1.5 billion, advanced flex steel mill identical to Big River Steel's new plant in Osceola, Ark., the world's first LEED-certified facility of its kind. Big River is pursuing incentives worth at least 10 percent of the project's $1.5 billion cost, or $150 million.

EPA Awards City of Joshua, TX, $675K for Drainage Improvements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the City of Joshua, Texas a one-time $675,083 Special Appropriation Act Program grant for drainage improvements for their growing city. The funds will help the city install drainage infrastructure to protect public health and support continued economic development.

Two TX School District Bonds Pass
Three Big Country, TX, school districts presented bond issues to residents. The Eastland and Paint Creek independent school districts claimed success; the Dublin ISD did not.

Incentives Causing Large Scale Solar Power Growth in TX
Large-scale solar power has grown rapidly over the past six years as falling solar panel prices, tax incentives and government policies aimed at boosting renewable energy encourage the development of major solar projects.

TX Receives EPA Grant of $8.3M for Water Quality and Environmental Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) a performance partnership grant of $8,354,808 for administering water quality and environmental programs.

The Surprisingly Short List of Cities Experiencing Inclusive Growth
The Metro Monitor reveals that inclusive economic growth and prosperity proved elusive for most of the nation's large metropolitan areas in recent years. The metro areas that did manage to achieve inclusive growth of some kind shared a few common traits around recent job growth.

Upcoming Events

Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
June 7 - 8, 2017 - Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Reviving Commercial Activity on Former Manufacturing Sites
June 15, 2017 - 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern
Join CDFA, our technical assistance partners, and experienced brownfield communities as we discuss how the finance toolbox can be used to compliment the redevelopment and cleanup of your brownfield project.

New Additions to the Online Resource Database

CDFA Texas Webinar: Financing Programs to Support Rural Development
Rural Development
Urban communities like Austin and Dallas are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Texas is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique development financing challenges and needs such as downtown revitalization, food systems, infrastructure and energy finance. A number of creative and important financing tools exist to assist rural and small town development, and this webinar will explore the cutting-edge strategies driving development in the state, and how to access them.


State Partner

Texas Economic Development Council

Venue Sponsor

Dallas County Community College District

Premium Sponsor

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

For information about sponsoring the CDFA Texas 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.

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Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300

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