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In 1985, with the assistance of the Indiana General Assembly, the City of Indianapolis established the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, the first municipal bond bank in the country. The Bond Bank is a municipal corporation that serves as the debt issuance and management arm of the City of Indianapolis and related “Qualified Entities.” These entities include special taxing districts, political subdivisions, and building/leasing authorities. Since its inception, the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank has issued nearly $13 billion in bonds and notes on behalf of various Qualified Entities of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.
The Bond Bank’s structure allows for the centralized management and supervision of all debt issued by governmental entities throughout Marion County. By coordinating all locally-issued debt, including general obligation and revenue bonds, the Bond Bank provides leadership and guidance through the capital markets and the sale of municipal bonds and other debt instruments. For example, the Bond Bank coordinates the timing of all city and Qualified Entity bond sales. The Bond Bank also maintains relationships and regular communications with representatives from the national credit rating agencies and assists with securing ratings when necessary and providing frequent updates to the agencies on the City’s economy, employment figures, major developments, and the annual budget and audit process. The Bond Bank actively monitors local and national bond markets, as well as financial and economic trends that impact bond issuance structures, timing, and interest rates.
With the assistance of the professionals employed by the various Qualified Entities, the Bond Bank also prepares documents related to bond issuances, manages trustee banks and the collection and disbursement of bond proceeds. The Bond Bank is also primarily responsible for investor outreach and communication, including obligations under continuing disclosure agreements. By centralizing the management of all debt issued by local government entities, the debt management process is simplified and the Bond Bank can provide organization, structure, and consistency to investors interested in purchasing securities issued by Indianapolis entities.
City Announces Details of Upcoming Bond Sale
Fitch/Moody’s affirm AAA/Aaa credit rating for City
INDIANAPOLIS – Today the City of Indianapolis announced details of its upcoming offering of road bonds. Subject to market condition, the Indianapolis Bond Bank plans to sell $50 million in Series 2020D tax-exempt bonds and $135,645,000 in Series 2020E taxable bonds by negotiated sale on Tuesday, September 22. The City’s underwriting syndicate will be led by Citigroup as senior manager and Siebert Williams Shank & Co. as co-manager. The municipal advisor is Sycamore Advisors.
The bond issuance was passed on Monday, September 14 with the unanimous, bi-partisan support of the City-County Council. The bonds will finance $50 million in new street, road, and bridge infrastructure projects identified in DPW’s 4 year Transportation Capital Plan. The remaining bonds will refinance outstanding road debt to achieve interest costs savings up to $300,000 annually.
The Series 2020 D&E were rated AAA by Fitch and Aaa by Moody’s. During the bond issuance process, the two major ratings agencies confirmed the City’s overall credit rating of AAA/Aaa with a stable outlook, despite many municipalities experiencing downgrades or more negative outlooks due to COVID-19 lowering revenue projections. Moody’s cited Indianapolis’s “diverse economy with young, educated labor force” as a credit strength in affirming the rating.
“These bonds will make possible major upgrades to our city’s infrastructure,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Our continued high bond ratings are a testament to the strength of our Bond Bank team and the City’s sound fiscal management, and will save taxpayers millions in interest savings.”
Additional information can be found on the Bond Bank’s website, indianapolisbondbank.com. The report from Fitch can be found at fitchratings.com and the report from Moody’s can be found at moodys.com.
Deputy Communications Director
Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett – City of Indianapolis
P: (317) 327-4287 C: (317) 995-3289
Notice is hereby given that the Meeting of the Board of Directors of The Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank previously scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2020, at noon, City-County Building (Room 260), 200 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana has been cancelled. The next Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) today announced upcoming construction projects included in its 2020 capital projects plan to improve roads, rehabilitate bridges, increase pedestrian safety and improve stormwater drainage.
Each spring as the weather warms, contractors working on Indy DPW projects resume work from the previous season and begin construction on improvements in new locations. Deemed essential under Indiana’s current Stay-At-Home executive order, this year’s construction projects will move forward at each contractor’s discretion and with Indy DPW’s strong direction to heed all social distancing guidelines.
Construction work this year will include:
Indy DPW has programmed $134 million in transportation projects and $35 million in stormwater projects for year 2020.
Major projects beginning work in the 2020 construction season include:
For more information on current and upcoming DPW construction projects visit www.indy.gov/dpw
The Bond Bank helped to finance the first $5.5 million in infrastructure development. Covering 170 acres on the city’s near-Westside, the 16 Tech Technology District is designed and marketed to attract research firms, contract service providers, and high-tech companies in such industries as information technology, health information technology, motorsports, biotechnology, and clean energy. The master plan creates a vision for a district in which residents and workers can live, work, play, and learn in close proximity to downtown, the IUPUI campus and Indiana University School of Medicine.
The Coil is a mixed-use apartment community located along College Avenue just north of Broad Ripple Avenue and the Broad Ripple Canal. This project includes 151 new units and a 33,500 sq. ft. Fresh Thyme store. The development opened in 2017. The City has committed $5.7 million dollars from the sale of bonds for the North-Midtown TIF District to support this development.
Approximately $1 million of the bond proceeds helped to fund improvements to Tarkington Park.
On March 12, 2015, the Indianapolis Bond Bank sold $35 million of revenue bonds for the city. The proceeds from this bond issue funded needed street and infrastructure improvements throughout Marion County. A pledge of the city’s gas and excise tax revenues serve as the repayment of these bonds.
360 Market Square is a 28-story mixed-use residential apartment tower that will feature 292 one, two, and three-bedroom apartment residences. The development will stand nearly 300 feet tall and will also feature a 40,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods Market. In 2014, the Bond Bank sold $17.1 million of TIF Revenue Bonds to support this development.