We highly recommend the recently-published Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance: Second Edition, authored by Susan Giles Bischak. Ms. Giles Bischak is President and Founding Principal of Giles & Company Strategic Business Consultants and instructor for Economic Development Finance in the Distance Learning Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the University of Southern California, School of Policy and Development.
This excellent book provides a “hands on” approach for public/private partnerships and lays out tools for policymakers, community leaders, developers, and lenders to prepare and evaluate strategic business plans to attract private investment dollars. Ms. Giles Bischak walks the reader through each step of the financial plan starting with the project proposal, setting goals and objectives, organization development, venture selection, financial analysis, risk assessment for all parties involved, and project implementation. This book includes case studies, real-world examples and exercises, a glossary of terms, and steps to prepare a business plan. The book is used as an academic tool and for seminars with policy makers.
Ray Garfield of Garfield Traub was privileged to be a contributor in Ms. Giles Bischak’s book. Garfield Traub’s early and ongoing successes nationally in overcoming economic, legal and political hurdles to essential public developments through innovative financing and delivery methods are discussed in Chapter 5, “Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance.” Garfield Traub’s white paper entitled “Municipal Lease-Purchase Financing and Certificates of Participation,” is cited as a resource for key elements of this chapter.
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