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Search Results: Community Development
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Growing Food Connections: Aggregation, Processing, and Distribution
This brief highlights the many ways and scales at which local governments can invest in aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to support local and regional food systems, from commissioning assessment studies and food hub business...
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Bonds
Researched and written by CDFA, this is the third white paper in a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class that supports the market growth of local and regional food systems. This paper focuses specifically on bond...
Health Equity: Building Capacity to Measure Health Outcomes in Community DevelopmentMembers only Login
This new report by Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America shows how an innovative pilot program – the Health Outcomes Demonstration Project – equipped 20 affordable housing and community development organizations to evaluate the...
The State of the Nation's Housing 2019
Although household growth is returning to a more normal pace, Harvard's new State of the Nation's Housing report shows that housing production still falls short of what is needed, which is keeping the pressure on house prices and rents and eroding...
Financing Native Nations: Access to Capital MarketsMembers only Login
One-third of reservation-based Native Americans fall below the poverty line, and the nations governing these reservations, unable to spur economic development, struggle to provide even the most basic services. Yet, despite their difficulty in...
Financing Native-owned BusinessMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Interior provides steps and answered questions about financing a tribal or native-owned business.
Access to Capital and Credit in Native CommunitiesMembers only Login
This document, “Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities: A Data Review” (Data Review) begins to answer the questions: Where does Native America stand now in terms of capital and credit access? What has been the effect of new action and...
State Farm to School Policy Handbook 2018Members only Login
The State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018 is a tool for those working to advance the farm to school movement, whose core elements include local food procurement, school gardens, and food and agriculture education. The Handbook summarizes...
NMTC Program Award Book CY 2018Members only Login
The CDFI Fund awarded 73 community development entities $3.5 billion under the 2018 allocation round of the New Markets Tax Credits program. The recipients are located in 35 states also including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and AgricultureMembers only Login
As interest in sustainable food systems and agricultural value chains grows, increasing numbers of investors are beginning to explore high-impact investing opportunities in food, farming, and forestry across asset classes.
Why the Farm Bill Matters for Greater PhiladelphiaMembers only Login
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes this sweeping piece of legislation in an effort to prevent hunger, bring fresh foods to communities lacking access, and add vibrancy and diversity to the local food system. However, funding for critical...
Franklin County, OH TIF Deal for La Plaza TapatiaMembers only Login
The first County-Township parcel TIF (tax increment financing) enacted by Franklin County for a new location and expansion of a regional ethnic grocer: La Plaza Tapatia (the Developer), in Franklin Township.
U.S. EPA Office of Community Revitalization's Strategies for Food Systems, Health, and Economic DevelopmentMembers only Login
Local Food, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically thriving downtowns and neighborhoods through the development of local food systems.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a...
White Paper 2: Food Systems & Access to Capital
Research and written by CDFA, this white paper is part of a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class which supports the market growth of local and regional food systems which meet the economic, social, environmental, and...
Supporting Healthy Food Access in NCMembers only Login
The resulting lack of access to healthy, affordable food undermines the health and well-being of children and families, and further harms communities that are already struggling economically. The report led to a series of convenings of key...
The Hatchery Chicago Fact SheetMembers only Login
The Hatchery Chicago is a non-profit food business incubator that enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. Accion, the area’s largest microlender, and ICNC, which runs one of the largest business incubators in the...
NMTC Investors Show Appetite For Healthy Food Financing ActivitiesMembers only Login
Public and private partners are finding ways to serve more healthy food options to economically distressed communities with a few helpings of new markets tax credits (NMTCs).
Opportunities to Use Assessment Districts to Finance Facilities and Services in CaliforniaMembers only Login
This report from the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) seeks to inform local agencies as well as others in the public finance community about the opportunities for using assessments within the constraints imposed by recent...
White Paper 1: Food Systems & Development Finance
Many food-related initiatives, projects, and businesses have lacked sufficient resources and financing for economic and community development, largely because the food system as a whole has not been formally defined as an asset class. As the first...
The Community Reinvestment Act Lending Data HighlightsMembers only Login
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Regulatory Framework. This study uses 2016 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data and the CRA files from...
Project Spotlight: Artists for HumanityMembers only Login
Laura Canter and Patricia Sluder with MassDevelopment present on the NMTC deal that supported the Artists for Humanity non-profit.
Innovations in Tax Increment FinanceMembers only Login
Alan Ferguson with InvestAtlanta presents on the Community Builders Program supported by TIF funding.
Financing Hospitals and Health Care Facilities in Underserved Communities - MAMembers only Login
Naomi Baruch and Robert Seega from MassDevelopment present several case studies and strategies for financing hospitals and healthcare facilities in Massachusetts.
Financing Hospitals and Health Care Facilities in Underserved Communities - WIMembers only Login
Dennis Reilly with the Wisconsin Health & Educational Facilities Authority (WHEFA) presents on the financing programs they offer and several case studies of Hospitals they have assisted through bond financing.
Strategically Reacting to an Identified Community/Economic Development Finance Need: The Akron Community Revitalization FundMembers only Login
Chris Burnham with the Development Finance Authority of Finance Authority of Summit County discusses a loan program dedicated to the revitalization of his community.
Neighborhood and Industrial RevitalizationMembers only Login
Melissa Johnson and Todd Castellini with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority discuss neighborhood and industrial revitalization in their community.
LIHTC - Improved Data and Oversight Would Strengthen Cost Assessment and Fraud Risk Management Members only Login
This report, produced by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), identifies trends and successes in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and opportunities present to advance oversight of development costs.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Tax Increment Finance (TIF) - Innovation & TrendsMembers only Login
The results of TIF have been compelling since its inception as a development finance tool. Lending itself to flexibility and creativity, TIF has perennially supported diverse projects across diverse communities throughout the U.S. During this...
The Low Income-Housing Tax Credit: Past Achievements, Future ChallengesMembers only Login
This report, produced by the Urban Institute, explores why LIHTC is a critical part of the housing safety net. The report details how and why the program has succeeded, the challenges it faces, and why the program is more important than ever.
Wisconsin State Housing Tax CreditMembers only Login
The changes and trends in the affordable housing industry have a large impact on Wisconsin communities. Continuing to provide an adequate number of homes affordable to low and moderate income households is increasingly difficult. Luckily, there are...
PACE Financing in WisconsinMembers only Login
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing supports the expansion of energy efficiency, solar, water, wind power and other renewable energy installations for the benefit of commercial buildings. PACE programs capitalize reduction in energy...
CDFI Support for Affordable Housing Development in WisconsinMembers only Login
The changes and trends in the affordable housing industry have a large impact on Wisconsin communities. Continuing to provide an adequate number of homes affordable to low and moderate income households is increasingly difficult. Luckily, there are...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Housing Finance 201: Partnerships & the Capital StackMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA//BNY Mellon Development Webcast Series, housing finance experts explored how community institutions can provide the diversity in financing needed to see housing projects from inception to fruition and how...
A New Paradigm: Impact Investing Through Development Finance AgenciesMembers only Login
During this webinar speakers form the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and Memphis EDGE presented on how and why they created Impact Investing programs in their communities.
State of Illinois Selected Finance and Assistance ProgramsMembers only Login
Victor Narusis with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity discusses selected finance and assistance programs in the State of Illinois.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Community Benefit Agreements - Sparking Development
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, Ed Trumbull and Brent Orrell from ICF discussed how public entities can optimize CBAs to generate greater community buy-in for development projects, and more...
Housing Tax Credit Investments: Investment and Operational PerformanceMembers only Login
This report is the seventh in a series of periodic reports issued by CohnReznick LLP that address the performance of properties financed with federal low-income housing tax credits.
Financing Solutions for the Missouri Housing MarketMembers only Login
The changes and trends in the affordable housing industry have a large impact on Missouri communities. Continuing to provide an adequate number of homes affordable to low and moderate income households is increasingly difficult. Luckily, there are a...
Support Tools for Local Initiatives - Federal Funds for EDMembers only Login
Charlie Bartsch with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency covers a slew of federal financing programs available to support local economic development initiatives. Bartsch provides case studies and examples of how various programs can be applied...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Crowdfunding Small Business DevelopmentMembers only Login
Crowdsourcing.org defines crowdfunding as “the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture.” This financing mechanism has become immensely popular with entrepreneurs and small businesses as...
Catalytic Investments for Urban DevelopmentMembers only Login
Jeff Miller, Senior Economic Development Advisor at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, highlights project examples and discusses the impact that pro-active catalytic investments can make while driving urban development and renewal
Financing for Attainable HousingMembers only Login
Jim Carras discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
Financing for Attainable HousingMembers only Login
Mitch Rosenstein discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
New Market Tax Credits and BrownfieldsMembers only Login
Kurt Peterson discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields...
Collaborative Permanent Housing FinanceMembers only Login
Katie Kim from the Kim Group presents on the process and financing tools required to develop Cooperage 214 in Peoria, Illinois.
Financing the West Bank Landing in MTMembers only Login
Brett Doney from the Great Falls Montana Development Authority presents on the redevelopment of the West Bank Landing.
Supporting Workforce and Affordable Housing in Augusta, GAMembers only Login
Carla Delaney, Shawn Edwards and Hawthorne Welcher Jr. from the City of Augusta present on the financing tools and partnerships used to support workforce and affordable housing developments in Augusta, Georgia.
Building Sustainable Cities Through Blended CapitalMembers only Login
This Kresge Foundation case study examines strategies to confront the interconnected web of complex issues facing cities and their residents as they address income inequality and reimagine a sustainable Detroit.
Land Value Capture for Affordable HousingMembers only Login
Lourdes German from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Nora Lake-Brown from David Paul Rosen & Associates present on how Land Value Capture can be used to finance a communities affordable housing needs.
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