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Under state law, port authorities are granted a variety of financing tools to aide economic development projects.

Potentia Financing
Ohio law allows Port Authorities to issue revenue bonds for economic development purposes. The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority is able and willing to be a partner in such financings having signed over $545 million in financings since 2002. Contact the Port Authority to initiate discussions.

Conduit Financing
The Port Authority can serve as the conduit for financing of certain private, job-creating projects. The advantages of such financings are sales tax exemption on building materials and a slightly lower interest rate. Under certain circumstances, the debt may even be eligible for tax exempt status and may be classified as off balance sheet.

Up to $10 million a year in Port Authority capacity for bank-qualified debt is available for non-profit capital projects. The debt, usually held by a single lending institution, can be at a negotiated rate and terms while taking advantage of tax exempt status. Recent state law changes make this financing vehicle even more attractive for non-profits.

Intergovernmental Projects
The Port Authority is uniquely positioned to issue debt for multi-jurisdictional projects. When two or more governmental entities are providing a revenue stream to a project or, in the case of pooled bonds, providing multiple sources of revenue, a port authority is often seen as a logical issuer.

Below, for review, are profiles of recent taxable and tax-exempt bond issuances by the Port Authority.

Some Past Bond Financings:
2019 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2019 $1.445MM 20K Spec Building
  2019 $85MM TPA
  2019 $8MM Nature's One
  2019 $88MM Kohl's
  2018 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2018 $2.4MM 670 Kaiser Drive Building
  2017 $1.4MM 20K Spec Building
  2017 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2015 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2015 $10MM MPW [PDF]
  2014 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2014 $1MM 20K Spec Building
  2014 $230MM L Brands [PDF]
  2014 $4.3MM Mistras Group
  2012 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2011 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2011 $4MM Horton Building
  2010 $1.5MM Family YMCA of Lancaster [PDF]
  2007 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2005 $10MM Licking Memorial Hospital [PDF]
  2004 $1.95MM Family YMCA of Lancaster [PDF]
  2003 $9MM Licking Memorial Hospital
  2002 $4.5MM South Campus Acquisition

Linked Deposits
State law was changed in 2005 to allow port authorities to create linked deposit programs. The Port Authority became the first in the state to offer such a program by establishing a program June 14, 2005. Program details follow.

  Guidelines [PDF]

  Last Updated: January 7, 2020
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