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Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for ApplicantsMembers only Login
The Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities. This is an Applicant Guidance Book for the USDA's Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
Opportunity Funds to Support Rural Development Members only Login
Carlos Mello from Finance Authority of Maine and Jonathan Tower from Arctaris Capital Partners presents on the Session: Opportunity Funds to Support Rural Development in Boston during the New England Roundtable.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Sourcing Local Capital for Community ProjectsMembers only Login
Communities that face socioeconomic challenges often lack the capacity to undertake the use of many financing tools that are used for economic growth and development. In urban, rural, and suburban communities alike, communities are exploring locally...
Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America's Rural Innovation InfrastructureMembers only Login
This report addresses questions often asked by caring people who shepherd resources that could be channeled to advance rural people and places — foundation leaders, individual investors and government officials.
Available CFA Resources - New York Regional Economic Development CouncilsMembers only Login
In 2011, Governor Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) and the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to advance the administration’s efforts to improve New York’s business climate and expand economic growth. This 2019...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Unlocking Capital for Native American CommunitiesMembers only Login
Tribal lands cover over 5% of the national land base, making Tribal nations the fourth largest state and some of America’s largest rural populations. The U.S. Constitution recognizes Tribal nations as sovereign governments, yet have a...
CDBG Insular Areas Expenditure Reports, 2001 - 2019
This Excel sheet shows CDBG Insular Areas Expenditures for 2001-2019. Since CDBG funds may be used for a wide variety of housing, community, and economic development activities, the use of those funds may be identified in these profiles by as many...
Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants Members only Login
The Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the...
An Overview of Beginning Farms and FarmersMembers only Login
This report uses information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS, 2013 to 2017) to describe the structural and economic characteristics of beginning farms and illustrate how they differ from more...
CDBG Partnership Challenges and Opportunities at the Local, State, and Federal LevelsMembers only Login
HUD issued this report in October 2019 to identify opportunities and challenges for Federal, State, and local governments to partner with nonprofit organizations to complete community development, revitalization, and rehabilitation projects using...
Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Beginning and Low-Equity Farmers: The Case of Aggie BondsMembers only Login
Established in the 1980s, the ‘‘Aggie Bond’’ program provides beginning and low-equity farmers with access to capital. The bonds, which pay tax-exempt interest, may be used by qualifying famers for purchases of farm real estate and equipment. The...
CDBG Insular Areas Timely Expenditure Report - August 2019Members only Login
This August 2019 report provides data and charts to support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Insular Area grantees in meeting program expenditure requirements. The program is suffering historically low expenditure rates; 41 states are, on...
Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large Scale Resilience to Natural DisasterMembers only Login
Cities, regions, and states across the country are facing natural disasters that can have devastating effects on life, property, the economy, and ecosystems. Climate change is already having observable effects on the environment, and past conditions...
Airport Networks and the Sustainability of Small AirportsMembers only Login
This evidence-based ACI Policy Brief gives visibility to a specific organizational and management model for airports: the airport network model. Synergistic airport networks that pool revenues, costs, and profits and are built on economies of scale...
Agricultural Lending: Credit to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Is LimitedMembers only Login
Can women and minorities get the loans they need to buy and operate farms? According to USDA survey data, these "socially disadvantaged" farmers and ranchers get a disproportionately small share of farm loans. More detailed information isn’t...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
The ReConnect Broadband Pilot ProgramMembers only Login
This overview of the USDA's ReConnect Broadband Pilot Program was authored by the Congressional Research Service in July 2019.
USDA Report on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity 2019Members only Login
On April 25, 2017, the President of the United States established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity through Executive Order 13790. The purpose and function of the Task Force was to identify legislative, regulatory, and...
St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center Roadmap to Redevelopment
This report provides financing strategies for St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center in Arnaudville, Louisiana. St. Luc's is a proposed hands-on immersive engagement center for Cajun, Creole, and French language and culture.
ReConnecting Rural Broadband - Strategies for Funding SuccessMembers only Login
During this webinar, Lindsay Miller, Attorney with Ice Miller LLP, Heather Morgan, Executive Director of Project 17, Ryeon Corsi, Management and Program Analyst at USDA-RD, and Jeff Reiman, Vice President of The Broadband Group discussed creative...
Farmers' Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in MNMembers only Login
In 2017, Minnesota ranked seventh in the nation for wind power generation and sixth in the nation for solar power generation With the potential for further growth in this sector, many farmers across rural Minnesota are considering whether...
Rural Development's Rural Housing Service ProgramsMembers only Login
Joyce Allen from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides an overview of the multi-and-single-family housing finance tools offered by the USDA at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
Meet the U.S. Small Business AdministrationMembers only Login
Dianna Seaborn from the U.S. Small Business Administration provides an overview of the capital access tools offered by the SBA at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
U.S. Department of Transportation: Build America Bureau OverviewMembers only Login
Roger Bohnert from the U.S. Department of Transportation provides an overview of the financing programs offered through the Build America Bureau at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
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...
Louisiana's Healthy Food Retail ProgramMembers only Login
Louisiana’s Healthy Food Retail Program (HFRP) was established by the Louisiana Legislature to provide flexible financing for healthy food retailers operating or expanding in underserved communities in Louisiana affected by Hurricanes Gustav and...
Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities ServiceMembers only Login
This March 2019 report from the Congressional Research Service outlines programs offered by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service that finance rural broadband. These include Community Connect Grants, Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants, the...
An Overview of Federal Regional Commissions and AuthoritiesMembers only Login
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) In Focus outlines the structure, activities, and recent funding, for each Federal Regional Commission or Authority.
CDFA - PFM Capital Markets Webinar Series: Financing for Climate ResilienceMembers only Login
During this webinar, Eric Espino with PFM, Heather Green with the City and County of San Francisco, and Bob Gamble with PFM discussed how cities are addressing the challenges of climate change and the types of bond and financing structures being...
New Funding Sources for Food-Related BusinessesMembers only Login
This directory provides an overview of various sources of financing that may be available to food hubs and other food-related businesses. This directory is a partial listing of what may be available across the United States; some examples may not be...
Idaho Department of Commerce FY 2018 Report CardMembers only Login
In this annual report, the Idaho Department of Commerce has assembled an FY2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) agency update complete with program reports, grant information, and highlights of the impacts these projects have on Idaho’s economy and...
What's Next? Putting Opportunity Zones and Funds to Work in ArizonaMembers only Login
This presentation addresses questions such as: What draws the interest of investors to opportunity zones? How may opportunity zones be used to improve lower-income communities? What can cities do to take advantage of opportunity zones in realizing...
What's Next? Putting Opportunity Zones and Funds to Work in ArizonaMembers only Login
This presentation addresses questions such as: What draws the interest of investors to opportunity zones? How may opportunity zones be used to improve lower-income communities? What can cities do to take advantage of opportunity zones in realizing...
What's Next? Putting Opportunity Zones and Funds to Work in ArizonaMembers only Login
This presentation addresses questions such as: What draws the interest of investors to opportunity zones? How may opportunity zones be used to improve lower-income communities? What can cities do to take advantage of opportunity zones in realizing...
What's Next? Putting Opportunity Zones and Funds to Work in ArizonaMembers only Login
This presentation addresses questions such as: What draws the interest of investors to opportunity zones? How may opportunity zones be used to improve lower-income communities? What can cities do to take advantage of opportunity zones in realizing...
USDA Rural Development: Maximizing Opportunities for Community DevelopmentMembers only Login
Star Magee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for housing production and support.
Rural Housing FinanceMembers only Login
Doug Dowler Mathis Economic Development Corporation, examines the numerous and diverse programs available for housing development at the state and local levels. Experts will discuss the structure of different deals given the types of capital used,...
Leveraging Multiple Federal Programs - USDAMembers only Login
Joseph Ben Israel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents on the Community Facilities Loan Program.
Project Spotlight: Financing the Icy Strait Point Cruise Ship DockMembers only Login
Mike Catsi with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) presents on the financing package for the Icy Strait Point Cruise Ship Dock.
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Strategies for Addressing Non-Performance and Loan Defaults
Successful RLF programs always make every attempt to craft a good loan. Some businesses, though, will inevitably struggle to repay. How your fund handles loans and borrowers during this difficult period can help minimize losses and maximize...
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.
Maximizing Rural Opportunities for Businesses and Communities in WisconsinMembers only Login
Urban communities like Milwaukee and Madison are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Wisconsin is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique...
How KS is Using Regional Food Demand to Revitalize Rural CommunitiesMembers only Login
This report, by Bob Heuer and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, details how Kansans are leveraging the growing demand for local/regional food produce to revitalize rural communities and strengthen family farms.
Tax Increment Financing Trends and Opportunities in IllinoisMembers only Login
TIF is perennially one of the nation’s most effective and popular development finance tools, but also one of its most misunderstood and controversial. The types of projects that TIF supports in Illinois are diverse, making TIF a very flexible...
Showcasing Rural Development Finance Strategies in the Tar Heel State: Rural Development at Self HelpMembers only Login
Jessie Maxwell, Business Development Officer with the Self-Help Credit Union, discusses how Self-Help approaches rural development.
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