Project Submittal Instructions

The Central Valley NMTC (CVNF), LLC is pleased to have received two New Markets Tax Credit allocations totaling $65 million. As the only allocatee based in the Central Valley, we are tasked with ensuring that these limited resources are provided to the most impactful projects. Therefore, we require potential borrowers to describe and document the anticipated community/social/economic & environmental benefits anticipated for their project. 

Each project considered will be evaluated on its own merits by CVNF staff and the CVNF Advisory Board. Specific points to focus on are job creation, community benefit, economic benefit and the ability of the sponsor/developer to bring the project to realization.

Below is an outline of questions designed to provide CVNF with a general overview of the project. The applicant should feel free however to expand their response(s) in order to allow CVNF to fully understand the necessity of the project.

I. General

  1. Project Name, physical address
  2. Project Contact, name, title, company, phone, email
  3. Project Sponsor/Developer
  4. Project Description – location, physical description, land area, etc. Include any photos, drawings, site plan, renderings, etc.

II. Executive Summary

Please provide a 1–2 page executive summary of the Project

III. Community Impact

Please describe and specifically quantify the positive community impact based on the NMTC program’s objectives: job creation or retention; increased wages or wealth creation for residents of low-income communities; assisting businesses owned by low-income persons or providing goods or services to residents of low-income communities; assisting minority or women-owned businesses or businesses that provide childcare, health care, educational or other benefits. Address the following questions and provide any supplemental information that would be helpful in evaluating the community impact. Issues to address include the following:

  • Is the project’s developer active in revitalization projects beyond the subject project? Do they have a track record of being a first mover in revitalizing communities? Are they likely to do other revitalization deals? Do they put their own capital or developer profit at risk?
  • Is this project part of a larger, comprehensive revitalization plan sponsored by local government planners and/or local economic development groups?
  • If so, is this one of the first projects in that plan (catalytic) as distinct from a project identified due to the success of other trailblazing projects in the neighborhood?
  • Does the project have explicit government subsidies as a part of its capital or operating plan (i.e. grants or tax abatements) that demonstrate the commitment of the governmental unit?
  • Is the project creating new jobs that can be filled by residents of the project’s specific or neighboring low-income community as distinct from importing workers from other communities? 
  • Will the project itself employ workers who may come from the low-income community? If so, what is the nature of these jobs?
  • Will the project result in greater demand for local goods and services, resulting in indirect job creation for residents of the low-income community? If so, describe the impact.
  • Will the project provide vital community services to residents of the low-income community (grocery store where one doesn’t exist, day care for workers in the area, cultural venue, etc.)? Please describe and quantify community impact (e.g. patients served, daycare slots, and so on).
  • Does the project provide space for locally owned, minority or women-owned businesses or non-profit tenants? Is there an explicit set-aside for such tenants?

IV. Social/Economic Impact

Please describe and specifically quantify the social and economic benefits that will be realized by a NMTC investment. These benefits would, or could, include an increase in goods and services made available to a low-income community, the creation of well-paying permanent jobs, economic catalytic effects of a project and so on. Address the following questions and provide any supplemental information that would be helpful in evaluating the social and economic impact. 

  • Please provide an analysis of goods and services currently available in the market and discuss the need/niche being met by the proposed project. 
  • Discuss the characteristics of the population receiving the goods and services provided.
  • If applicable, discuss the tenants to occupy the project. Please discuss not only the nature of the business but their status as well (identified/committed/prospective?)
  • Please discuss in detail the number and type of jobs being created. For example, are new jobs living wage opportunities receiving health care benefits or low-wage positions? Please discuss and quantify both construction and permanent job opportunities. 
  • Please describe how the project will be catalytic to the community bringing additional investment/commerce/revitalization to the area outside of the specific project. 
  • Please discuss other factors not previously discussed demonstrating the need to the community. 
  • Please provide any third party information, such as new articles, market or other studies, etc, that evidence the need for the project.

V. Environmental Impact

Please describe and specifically quantify (if possible) the green/sustainable elements that will be incorporated into the project. Please address the following questions and provide any supplemental information that would be helpful in evaluating the positive environment impact of the project.

  • Please discuss any environmental certifications (LEED, etc) that will be realized.
  • Will the project utilize or produce alternative energy?
  • Please discuss any green building materials, water saving features, energy saving features, etc that will be incorporated into the project.
  • Please discuss the nature of the project’s pedestrian or transit-oriented design.
  • Does the project involve work at a Brownfield development or contaminated site?

VI. Financial

Please provide a complete financial picture of the project from development through operations. Provide the status of any financing sought and demonstrate or document the need for NMTC financing. Information that would be helpful includes:

  • Project Development Budget (total capital cost, including reserves, etc)
  • Project Proforma Operating Statement (ten-year)
  • Sources and Uses Statement
  • Identification of Lenders/Sponsors. Provide specific information on all sources, including source names, dollar amounts and status of funds. Be sure to discuss whether the sources have experience with NMTCs. Provide commitment letters, letters of interest, etc., if available.
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Esperanza Vielma

Café Coop

Founder

Esperanza Vielma is a dedicated advocate for the equitable economic development of the San Joaquin Valley. In 2014, Ms. Vielma founded Cafe Coop, the first nonprofit cooperative for startup companies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and artists in San Joaquin County. She is an active voice for the environmental justice community in the San Joaquin Valley and currently serves as the Environmental Justice Director for Restore the Delta, an advocacy group that works in the areas of public education and outreach for the conservation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. In addition, Ms. Vielma, serves as chair of the Environmental Justice Advisory Group for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and as Board Vice President for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water.   In 2016, Ms. Vielma was nominated and selected to be part of the Delta Leadership Program’s inaugural Class of 2016 by the State of California’s Delta Protection Commission. Esperanza also serves as the representative for San Joaquin County on the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee and represents entrepreneurs on the board of the State-approved iHub San Joaquin.   A graduate of the University of California, Ms. Vielma serves on the California Alumni Association Board of Directors and is Vice President of the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association and Scholarship Chair for the Cal Club of San Joaquin County.

Michael Tubbs

City of Stockton

Mayor

On November 8, 2016, Tubbs was elected to serve as mayor of the City of Stockton. Upon taking his office in January 2017, Michael is Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the nation representing a city with over 100,000 residents. Michael Tubbs has served as Stockton, California’s, District 6 City Councilmember since 2013. Elected at age 22, he became one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the nation. He overcame adversity to rise to this position, having been born to an incarcerated father and teenage mother in Stockton, once designated one of America’s most dangerous cities. As a youth, Michael excelled in school and obtained a full scholarship to Stanford University, where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. He is also a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design. As a Councilmember and Mayor, Michael has focused on poverty reduction, community engagement and organizing. Through collective impact strategies he is working to deepen his impact as mayor.

Richard Valle

Kings County

Board of Supervisors, District 2

Mr. Valle serves as Kings County Supervisor for District 2, which includes the towns of Kettleman City, Avenal and Corcoran. The overall poverty rate in his district is over 30%. Mr. Valle is a long-time resident of Kings County, born in Corcoran and graduating from Corcoran High School in 1988. In 1990, Mr. Valle enrolled in the United States Marine Corps, serving proudly for 6 years. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Corcoran and became an audit inspector at Santa Rosa Rancheria. Returning to school, he completed his degree in Human Resource Management and in 2003 was hired and served as a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Nicole Parra. His passion for public service led him to pursue a seat on the Kings County Board of Supervisors. In November 2008, the citizens of his county honored him by electing him as Supervisor for District 2. In 2012, due to his hard work and effectiveness in representing his constituents, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to the Board of Supervisors.

Bobby Kahn

California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation

Secretary-Treasurer

Mr. Kahn currently serves as Secretary/Treasury of the California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation. CCVEDC’s mission is job creation within an 8-county region that makes up California’s Central Valley – a region whose unemployment rates range from 1.44 – 1.65 times the State’s average.   Mr. Kahn also serves as the Executive Director of the Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC), a joint powers agency comprised of the County of Madera, the City of Madera and the City of Chowchilla that serves to improve the economic conditions and lives of the people within Madera County.   The efforts of MCEDC are greatly needed. In February 2017, the unemployment rate in Madera County was 10.0% compared to a national average of 4.7%.   The poverty rate for individuals is 21%. Over 30% of children within the County live below the poverty line. In his capacity as Executive Director, the MCEDC develops the comprehensive economic development and jobs growth plan and strategies for the County of Madera and its Cities. Mr. Kahn has also served as: Chairman, Central California Valley Economic Development Corp., Founding Member, Madera Compact; Member, Past Board Member, Madera Private Industry Council; Past President, Madera Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman, Madera City Planning Commission; Past President, Madera Community Hospital Foundation.

Melinda Brown

Kern County Economic Development Corporation

Director of Business Development

Melinda Brown has been Director of Business Development at Kern Economic Development Corporation, Bakersfield, California since October 2004. Her primary focus is the development and promotion of Healthcare Services and Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing and Value Added Agriculture, industries. In her capacity as Director of Business Development she has attracted numerous companies, including several Fortune 1000 organizations, to locate or expand their operations in Kern County, Successful clients have generated approximately $250 million in capital investment and nearly 5,000 family-wage jobs.   Melinda has also been a leader in the business retention and expansion program within the organization. Last year alone, the team visited over 200 businesses to offer services to assist in business enhancement needs with a focus on workforce placement. Melinda is actively involved with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, (CSCMP), Bakersfield West Rotary Club, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), and the California Central Valley Economic Development. Prior to joining Kern EDC, Melinda spent 14 years as an executive with the Kaiser Permanente.

Oliver Baines III

City of Fresno

Councilman, District 3

Councilmember Baines joined the Fresno City Council as the District Three representative in January 2011 and is currently serving his second term on Council.   Prior to his election, he was an officer with the Fresno Police Department for 11 years. He was named Officer of the Year for the Southwest Policing District in 2008 and has been awarded two medals for saving lives. As a Councilmember, Mr. Baines has transitioned into a volunteer role as Reserved Fresno Police Officer. As part of his community policing philosophy, Mr. Baines helped to integrate parolees back into society by working with organizations such as the “Gentleman’s Club,” and by mentoring youth. Mr. Baines founded and serves as chair of “Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life“, an organization that helps residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods to organize themselves and to clear their streets of gangs and violence. The main outreach method is a community block party that can draw up to 1,000 people. Currently, the group hosts more than 20 such block parties each year between April and October. Mr. Oliver also organizes “Santa’s Village” that hosts more than 3,000 families annually from all over Fresno Count and provides children the opportunity to be photographed with Santa, a gingerbread house, food, clothing, and gifts. Mr. Baines currently serves on the Fresno Workforce Investment Board, the Fresno Works (Fresno County High Speed Rail), the Fresno County Zoo Authority, the San Joaquin Valley Air Board District, and also chairs the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno.

Ricardo Arredondo

Madera Unified School District

Trustee, Area 6

Ricardo Arredondo is serving his second term on the Madera Unified School District. A resident of a LIC, he was first elected in 2009 and is the Board's current president. Mr. Arredondo serves the District’s Area 6, which comprises areas in the central, east and southeast parts of the district, which are all extremely economically distressed neighborhoods. Mr. Arredondo is the Board liaison to Chavez Elementary, Martin Luther King Middle School, Millview Elementary and Madera South High career school (School of Business and Human Services). In his capacity as a Board Trustee, Mr. Arredondo also serves on the following committees: Alternative Governance Board, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Construction Review Advisory Committee, District English Language Learner Advisory Committee, School to Career Advisory Committee, Site Selection Committee, California Association of Suburban School Districts, County Coalition Executive Committee, and Inter-Agency Committee. Mr. Arredondo also serves on the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency to the former Madera Redevelopment Agency. In this capacity, Mr. Arredondo provides guidance and direction to the local agencies that would benefit from property tax distributions and investments from the Successor Agency to former redevelopment project areas.

TJ Cox

Central Valley NMTC Fund, LLC

President and Chief Operating Officer

Since 2006, Mr. Cox has been an active participant in the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and Historic Tax Credit programs. Under Mr. Cox’s direction, CVNF is deploying $65 million dollars of federal NMTC allocation within low-income communities throughout the Central Valley of California. Formerly, Mr. Cox served as president of CMSS Management, Inc. a property, development, and consulting firm and held a variety of project and construction management titles with Bechtel — the largest engineering and construction firm in the U.S.

Mr. Cox holds an engineering degree from the University of Nevada and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a registered professional engineer and a licensed general and public works contractor. In addition to serving on LINC Housing’s board, his work in low-income communities throughout the Central Valley has included the financing of a one-of-kind women and children’s homeless campus, federally qualified health centers, facilities for community college districts, and a new headquarters and community services center for First Five Fresno County. Recent development projects include an affordable, seniors memory care community and nearly 100,000 sq ft of commercial buildings all in severely economically distressed census tracts. Mr. Cox also served as project manager for Habitat-for-Humanity Fresno’s 84-home Crossroads Subdivision project and led an international team of volunteers to Armenia to build homes as part of Habitat for Humanity’s global outreach program.