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Search Results: USDA Rural Energy for America Program Guaranteed Loan Program (REAP Loans)
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State and Federal Development Finance Programs-USDAMembers only Login
Industry experts from around the state and from various federal agencies will discuss development finance programs and their potential to spur job creation and growth in the economic development industry.
Financing Improvements for Energy Efficiency in Ohio - Current TrendsMembers only Login
Energy development is the fastest growing area of development finance nationwide. Caleb Bell (Bricker & Eckler LLP) discuss the financing mechanisms behind energy efficiency loans and bonds in Ohio.
Financing Sources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Members only Login
Greg Batson from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Missouri explains some of the financing programs available through the USDA.
Rural Development Financing in CaliforniaMembers only Login
The USDA's State Director of California, Janice Waddell, examines various best practices used in financing rural development throughout the state.
Investing in Local Food SystemsMembers only Login
Karen Rich, Program Director for the USDA, gives a comprehensive look at local food system investment practices.
Rural Development MissionMembers only Login
USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, Janie Dunning, speaks about community economic development, local foods, and bio-economy in the context of rural development in Missouri and the programs, tools, and financial assistance available to...
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
Steve Gerrish, Business Program Specialist, with the USDA Rural Development presents the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and its availability for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.
USDA REAP CA PresentationMembers only Login
Brian Buch, Western Regional Coordinator from Rural Business-Cooperative Service of USDA, presented background, eligibility of REAP program, and success stories.
Oehler_REAP Guaranteed LoanMembers only Login
Kelly Oehler from USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service illustrated background, eligibility and program of REAP and successful stories.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
David Thigpen, Business Program Specialist/Energy Coordinator from USDA Rural Development, presented the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) guaranteed loan program.
USDA: Growing Investment in Local Food SystemMembers only Login
Penny Hexdall of the USDA describes the comprehensive approach taken by the USDA in financing the local food supply chain.
REAP Guaranteed LoansMembers only Login
Christine Sorensen, Midwest Regional Community Economic Development Coordinator with the USDA Rural Development discussed an overview, the benefits, and comparisons of the REAP Program.
Building a Climate-Resilient Great LakesMembers only Login
In this report by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, various forms of federal assistance funds are discussed. These funds cover a wide range of areas that help build a climate-resilient economy.
USDA Rural DevelopmentMembers only Login
Alan Stephen explains the variety of USDA programs, including programs geared towards financing rural housing, community facilities, business, energy, utilities, water/wastewater, and telecommunication projects.
Financing Programs for Community Economic Development NY FY14 GuideMembers only Login
The USDA Rural Development New York State Office released this guide, which gives information on USDA Rural Development FY14 Financing Programs for Community & Economic Development.
CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Webcast: Leveraging USDA Funding for Rural and Small Town DevelopmentMembers only Login
Slides from Rob Lane and Jeff Stouffer's presentation of the USDA Pennsylvania State Office business and community lending programs for rural areas and small towns.
CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable Webcast: Leveraging USDA Funding for Rural and Small Town DevelopmentMembers only Login
Rob Lane and Jeff Stouffer of the USDA Pennsylvania State Office share information on the lending programs available for rural areas and small towns in this state focused webcast.
Rural DevelopmentMembers only Login
Howard Henderson from the USDA discusses the many rural development programs the department offers.
USDA Rural Development - RUS Funding for Efficiency ProjectsMembers only Login
James Elliot with USDA Rural Development explains the array of financing tools offered by USDA to support energy efficiency investments in rural communities, as well as trends and outcomes.
USDA Rural Development: 2013 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The 2013 USDA Rural Development Progress Report highlights how investments have helped rural communities and entrepreneurs finance homes, business expansions, and economic development over the past year.
USDA Quick Reference Guide for CaliforniaMembers only Login
This reference is a helpful tool to locate basic information regarding USDA programs in California. Each program is accompanied with such information as who may borrow, terms and limits, prohibited uses and user fees.
Building Cooperative Financial Partnerships with Rural OregoniansMembers only Login
Rural funding programs such as loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy development and business startups are summarized here in a presentation by Vicki Walker with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
USDA Rural Energy ProgramsMembers only Login
USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs can support private rural businesses and farmers who are undertaking either renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. The programs listed here, most notably the Rural Energy for America...
USDA Rural Business & Cooperative ServicesMembers only Login
Dan Beasley discusses the United States Department of Agriculture, through the Office of Rural Development, programs to assist rural businesses. Beasley also discusses a few noteworthy programs that may be of assistance to reshored manufacturers.
USDA Rural Development 2012 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released this report on rural development programs. The report contains program backgrounds and case studies of projects that have had transcending impacts on rural communities across the nation.
Financing Renewable Energy: Debt SourcesMembers only Login
Deborah DeMasi at Nixon Peabody covers sources of debt, specifically DOE and USDA loans, loan guarantees, and grants.
Incentives for Clean Energy ProductionMembers only Login
Tremendously useful document from Wisconsin's Office of Energy Independence. This document provides comprehensive, detailed information of all state and federal grants, loans, bonds, credits, and programs that can be utilized for clean energy...
Financing Advanced Biofuels Integrated BiorefineriesMembers only Login
Mark Riedy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glosky and Popeo discusses the current and near-future states of federal finance programs for renewable energy development.
Rural Business-Cooperative Service Loan and Grant ProgramsMembers only Login
This presentation by Judy Canales of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture overviews a number of access to capital programs offered by the Department.
Federal Affairs Focus: Federal Energy Finance Programs
Erin Tehan profiles four distinct federal financing programs supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy in this article from Development Finance Perspectives, Issue 1 | 2012.
USDA Rural Development Finance ProgramsMembers only Login
Nick Walters of Stone Adams Financial Partners presents multiple rural business programs available through the USDA and provides suggestions for identifying and applying for federal programs.
State-Based Financing Tools to Support Distributed and Community Wind ProjectsMembers only Login
Description of programs availible to aid small wind developers published by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Provides an overview of federal programs and programs used by Massachusetts, New York, and Wisconsin.
Bond Financing Mechanisms for Public and Private Energy ProjectsMembers only Login
Steven Klein of First Infrastructure covers credit enhancement and other bond financing mechanisms for energy projects in this presentation. Topics include DOE and USDA loan guarantees and state and local programs.
Renewable Power Opportunities for Rural CommunitiesMembers only Login
The USDA published this report, written by Samuel V. Brown, David G. Nderitu, Paul V. Preckel, Douglas J. Gotham, and Benjamin W. Allen, on renewable power for rural communities. The thorough report reviews types of power, business models, and...
Support Tools: U.S. Department of AgricultureMembers only Login
Nick Walters from Stone Adams Financial Partners gives this presentation reviewing the variety of development finance programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He discusses programs available to assist with rural businesses,...
Federal Incentives for Achieving Clean Energy Development on Contaminated Lands
The development of clean and renewable energy on formerly used land offers many economic and environmental benefits. This document provides information about Federal incentives that can be leveraged for clean and renewable energy and development of...
Federal Tools Available to State & Local Agencies in Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable EnergyMembers only Login
Tom Cochran covers the tools available for financing energy projects, focusing on the Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program, in this presentation.
USDA Rural Development Overview
This presentation gives a summary of the wide variety of programs USDA Rural Development operates to encourage economic development.
CDFA Spotlight: Rural Financing Programs
Rural communities require access to capital and financial resources for new infrastructure, investment, growth and sustainability. However, the challenges facing rural communities are often far removed from urban and suburban needs. Rural...
USDA Rural Information Center
The USDA Rural Information Center provides information services for rural communities, officials, organizations and citizens.
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