2008 Annual Report of the Iowa Railway Finance Authority

(2009) 2008 Annual Report of the Iowa Railway Finance Authority. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

The Iowa Railway Finance Authority (IRFA) was created in 1980 by the 68th General Assembly to provide for the financing of rail facilities and to enhance and continue the operation of essential rail facilities. IRFA was authorized to offer financial assistance for the acquisition, rehabilitation, construction, refinancing, extension, replacement, maintenance, repair, or leasing of any rail facility. Rail Revolving Loan and Grant Program The 2005 legislative session amended Iowa Code 327H.20 by assigning all repayments of IRFA and other Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) rail assistance loans to the Rail Revolving Loan and Grant Program (RRLGP). In addition, the following annual appropriations were allocated to the fund: • FY 2007: $235,000 • FY 2008: $2 million • FY 2009: $2 million Since the creation of the RRLGP in 2005, IRFA has awarded funding to 23 projects totaling over $7.2 million in grants and loans in its three rounds of competitive funding. These projects have pledged to create 1,672 jobs within two years of project completion and 1,361 jobs have been retained. Funded projects are associated with over $2 billion in total private capital investment. In 2008, the IRFA Board directed all available funds be used to help repair railroads devastated by summer flooding. On July 31, $3.9 million in deferred payment loans were offered to seven Iowa based railroads to allow for immediate repair of rail beds, including the cost of materials, labor and equipment.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Transportation, Railway, Finance, Grant, Loan
Subjects: Transportation > Railroads
Transportation
Government finance and taxes
Government finance and taxes > State finance
Government finance and taxes > State finance > Grants made by states
State government
State government > State boards and commissions
ID Code: 6892
Deposited By: Tracey Bramble
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2009 14:10
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2009 14:10
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/6892

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