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Getting Loans Where Everybody Knows Your Name 

By: Ellen Rand, contributing editor, Development. Spring 2013

Defined by the Federal Reserve Board as institutions with $10 billion or less in total assets, community banks can be a potent source of financing because of their local roots and knowledge, flexibility and commitment to their communities.

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Reducing Development Agreement Risks in Municipal Bankruptcies 

By: B. Scott Douglass, Dean Gloster, attorneys and partners at Farella Braun + Martel, and Gary Kaplan, attorney and special counsel at Farella Braun + Martel. Spring 2013

As part of a bankruptcy, a city can assume or reject “executory contracts” — contracts under which material performance obligations remain such that a breach by a party would entitle the other party to terminate. However, if an executory contract is rejected by a city, the developer has no ability to enforce its terms and conditions.

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The Entrepreneur: Lessons in Discipline from Canada's Real Estate CEOs 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development. Spring 2013

Could much of the pain experienced in the aftermath of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression in the United States have been avoided by following the tenets of Canada’s foremost real estate professionals?