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Student Corner: Town of Hillsborough: Special Assessments (Part III)

March 13, 2014

This post is part of a series (Part I here and Part II here) on the Town of Hillsborough’s implementation of special assessment project financing. Part II mentioned the lengthy process to coordinate the thoughtful deliberation of the town’s policy. So far the series has differentiated the special as … Read more

Student Corner: Small Business Access to Capital (Part III): Loan-Loss Reserve Fund

May 23, 2013

This is the third in a series of blog posts on tools available to local governments to assist small businesses. Previous posts have covered revolving loan funds (parts I and II). A second option is a loan-loss reserve fund. What is a loan-loss reserve fund? A loan-loss reserve fund (LLRF) involves a … Read more

Student Corner: Program-related investments (PRIs): A potential funding source for community economic development?

May 16, 2013

Program-related investments (PRIs) are a tool that many foundations use to achieve philanthropic goals and financial returns. In contrast to traditional grants, PRIs include loans, equity investments, loan guarantees, or other investments from foundations. Common program areas funded by PRIs include … Read more