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SO WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT “GREEN BONDS”?

Most folks want to do what’s best for the environment (whatever they think that might be), and many companies and local governments want to be known for doing good things for the environment.  To tap into those environmental sensibilities, we have seen the emergence...

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Financing alternatives for parking facilities

As more communities work to make lively downtowns, more are facing the question of: “Where are we going to put the cars?” Whether there’s a need to move parking areas off valuable redevelopment sites, a desire to put more parking near key commercial areas, or just a...

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To Revitalize Main Street, Look Beyond Nostalgia

Some say that Main Street won’t ever really be the same again. Or will it? To successfully revitalize Main Street, we have to look beyond the storefronts and brands that once defined it. We have to accept Main Street for what it was – a community center. We must...

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Local Counsel Opinions in Local Government Financings

If you’re a local government attorney whose client is borrowing money, as the closing date approaches it’s likely the lender, or its attorney, will ask you to provide certain certifications or opinions for the benefit of the lender or other parties. Your own...

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The Importance of Fund Balance

What do we need all this fund balance for, anyway? As we move into the height of budget season, this question will ring out across the North Carolina — especially as many local governments re-build fund balance after some years of decline. Why do we keep the...

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