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Empire State Development: Job Development Authority closed largest number of loans in over 20 years in FY2018

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Wed, Jul 25th 2018 06:30 pm
JDA direct loan program closed $10.1 million in loans
Empire State Development announced $10.1 million in loans were closed by the Job Development Authority (JDA) direct loan program in 2018, the largest number of loans closed by the program in over 20 years. The program provides direct loans for the growth of manufacturing and other eligible businesses within New York by assisting in financing a portion of the cost of acquiring and renovating existing buildings, constructing new buildings or purchasing machinery and equipment, known as M&E.
ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Job Development Authority loans exemplify what Empire State Development is all about: providing support to businesses in a wide range of industries throughout the state, driving economic growth and creating good jobs."
Most JDA loans can cover up to 40 percent of the total cost of real estate projects or M&E projects, although loans may cover up to 60 percent of the cost for projects located in Empire Zones or economically distressed areas. A combination of loans from JDA and a bank can finance up to 90 percent of a project. JDA loans can be used for the cost of acquiring a building and renovating it, the purchase of land and construction on that land, and soft costs associated with real estate transactions. M&E loans can cover acquisition costs and eligible soft costs.
Business owners interested in applying for JDA loans must secure a letter of commitment from a bank that finances 50 percent of the project cost, and secure 10 percent of the project cost themselves. Any person who owns 20 percent or more of the company receiving the loan must also provide a personal guarantee. Facilities to be used for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and certain service businesses are eligible for JDA loans. All JDA loans must be approved by the members of the JDA board of directors and subsequently by the Public Authorities Control Board before work begins.
ESD is New York's chief economic development agency. For more information on ESD and Regional Councils, visit www.esd.ny.gov and www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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