Puerto Rico Fund for Growth invests in Semillero Investment Fund I

February 02, 2018  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Puerto Rico Fund for Growth invests in Semillero Investment Fund I

The Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) is pleased to announce that the Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, L.P. has invested $4 million in Semillero Investment Fund I, LLC (“Semillero”), an agribusiness, private equity fund based on the island. Semillero will focus on investing in sustainable food and agriculture businesses with a view to substitute food imports with local production in Puerto Rico. We are excited about this because, even before the hurricane, 85% of food and beverage consumed in Puerto Rico was imported. The opportunity for import substitution of just 15% of those imports is a $1 billion market, which has the potential to create jobs and economic value across the island’s economy, the significance of which is only amplified in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, L.P. is a fund of funds investing in debt, venture capital, and private equity funds that invest in businesses that operate or provide employment in Puerto Rico. The Fund is managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDVCA.

CDFI Fund Releases Summary Report on NMTC Program

October 12, 2017  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on CDFI Fund Releases Summary Report on NMTC Program

The CDFI Fund recently released its summary report on the NMTC Program, providing an analysis of all reported NMTC investment activity and including breakdowns by sector, geography, and investment type (real estate vs. non-real estate; rural vs. metro areas). Of the investments made under the program, over 75% meet at least one category of Severe Distress*. To view the entirety of the report, click here.     *The following are the Severe Distress Criteria enlisted by the CDFI Fund: (1) poverty rates of 30 percent or greater; (2) median family income at or below 60 percent of applicable area median income; or (3) unemployment rates at least one and a half times the national average.

Tune in: Podcast on Small Businesses and First-time Fund Managers as true drivers of Economic Growth

October 12, 2017  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Tune in: Podcast on Small Businesses and First-time Fund Managers as true drivers of Economic Growth

As a guest on Impact Alpha's Return on Investment podcast, Village Capital President, Ross Baird, discusses his new book, "The Innovation Blind Spot," making the case for small businesses as the true engines of economic growth and pointing to smaller funds and first-time fund managers that are outperforming their mainstream counterparts. To listen to the August podcast, click here.

NMTC Coalition publishes report on the impact of NMTCs on Rural America

September 18, 2017  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on NMTC Coalition publishes report on the impact of NMTCs on Rural America

The NMTC Coalition released its 2017 report on the impact of New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) on Rural America. According to the report (relying on data from 2003-2014), the NMTC program has financed over 800 projects and generated almost 50,000 full-time jobs. Also, for the same period,  $4.8 billion in funding, or 27% of total financing in rural communities, was allocated to projects in the manufacturing and industrial sector. To download this NMTC Coalition impact report, click here.

Pacific Community Ventures releases monthly Good Jobs Recap

September 18, 2017  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Pacific Community Ventures releases monthly Good Jobs Recap

On August 31st, Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) released its Good Jobs Recap for the month of August. Key topics include an updates on wages and the demographic distribution of employment opportunities in the US manufacturing sector. PCV also cites a report by Walmart and the Boston Consulting Group that proposes solutions to adressing the job shortage and skills gap in the manufacturing industry. CDVCA is an equity investor in one of Pacific Community Ventures' funds, PCVIP III. To view PCV's Monthly Good Jobs Recap, click here.