Public Economics

Service Providers: Financial Consultant
schools supported
in financings

  • National

  • less than one year 
  • one to three years 
  • more than three years of operating history or one charter renewal
  • charter management organizations
  • stand-alone schools
  • single-site schools

Public Economics, Inc., specializes in providing the following financing options: the federal Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Bond Guarantee Program, financing strategy/packaging, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs), and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs). The company works with the following major types of lenders to help clients finance their projects: major national banks, nonprofit/CDFI lenders, and regional/local banks. It also provides feedback on any areas of concern for charter school clients.

Public Economics has worked with KIPP New Jersey, Uncommon Schools, Match Schools, and Brooke Schools. Before deciding to work with a school, Public Economics tries to establish that a school is competent and will benefit from its expertise. Its required minimum project size is $2 million.

School NameTotal Project CostLending InstitutionsPublic Subsidies Used
KIPP New Jersey/Camden$47,000,000CDFI Bond Guarantee lenders and nonprofit CDFIQSCBs
KIPP New Jersey/Newark (Littleton Avenue)$35,140,000CDFI Bond Guarantee lenders, national bank, insurance company, and nonprofit CDFIsQSCBs
Bridge Boston Charter School$23,200,000regional bank and nonprofit CDFIQZABs, bank-qualified tax-exempt bonds
Edward Brooke Charter School$17,500,000national bank and nonprofit CDFIQZABs, NMTCs, Historic Tax Credits
KIPP New Jersey/ Newark (18th Avenue)$30,000,000regional bank, national bank, nonprofit CDFI, insurance companyQZABs, QSCBs, NMTCs, Historic Tax Credits


Last Updated: December 2016


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