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Project Analysis and Staff Recommendation

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


Commission Assessment Team: Tony Capaci, chief analyst and Amy Rice, chief project manager

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way


Cincinnati, Hamilton County
Facility and Project Sponsor Information

Executive
Summary: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (“Freedom Center,”
“NURFC,” or “the Sponsor”) is a museum that explores a range of freedom
issues. The center offers lessons and reflections on the struggle for freedom and
features three pavilions celebrating courage, cooperation, and perseverance.
The state appropriated $15.5M to the Freedom Center which opened in August
of 2004. The Commission previously approved $14.65M of the funding, which
has been reimbursed. Under NURFC’s current operating structure, sustainability Deleted: .
is an issue. The Commission is holding $462K in escrow in the event the
Sponsor is unable to continue to operate the facility. In May 2009, the
Commission authorized a Memorandum of Understanding, spelling out the
conditions under which full approval could be granted to the Freedom Center for
the most recent appropriation of $850,000. The MOU contemplates that the Deleted:
Freedom Center will obtain Congressional approval to federalize the facility, and
federal funding will be provided for a portion of the operating costs. NURFC’s
vision is that the federal government will establish a federal museum and an
oversight commission to commemorate the ending of chattel slavery in the
United States. A discussion draft of this legislation was completed in October
2009. Preliminary terms include the “gifting” of the facility to the United States
government and the United States government, via an appointed board of
trustees, operating the facility in cooperation with the Secretary of the Interior and
other federal agencies. The federal legislation has not been approved, but the
Freedom Center anticipates that will be approved in 2011. Commission staff

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recommends approval of the project contingent on the Sponsor providing the
recommended guarantee and business plan.

Facility Overview: The Center consists of a 160,000-square-foot facility located on the Cincinnati
riverfront that opened in 2004. Features of the facility include a museum,
interactive story theaters, computer networking to other Underground Railroad
sites, arts and education facilities, and a public forum space.

The Center is owned and operated by the Sponsor, an Ohio nonprofit corporation
since 1995.

Culture Presented: The preservation and presentation of features of historical interest or significance.

Sponsor
Background: The Sponsor states, “The mission of the National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center is to reveal stories about freedom's heroes, from the era of the
Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone
to take courageous steps for freedom today.”

Project Information

Scope: The current appropriation will reimburse the Sponsor for construction expenses
previously incurred but not yet reimbursed (the “Project”). The Project consists of Deleted: p
reimbursing $850,000 on an appropriation awarded in H.B. 562.

Regional Support

Matching Resources
The Sponsor demonstrated a minimum of non-state matching resources equal to at least 50 percent of
the total state funding of $15,500,000 (a minimum of $7,750,000). Matching resources were
substantiated in November 2008. On October 9, 2001, Substantial Regional Support was confirmed by
the Commission in resolution R-01-26. The following table is provided for informational purposes.
Source Amount Deleted: ¶
Cash-on-Hand $0
Funds Already Expended on Project $0
Irrevocable Written Pledges $0
In-Kind Contributions (up to 50%) $0
Operating Endowment $0
Private Contributions $34,000,000
County Government $0
City Government $4,500,000
Federal Government $12,000,000
Site Valuation $0
Other $0
Total Matching Resources $50,500,000
Minimum Match $7,750,000

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Funding Model Comment [CB1]: Added to show that the project
is fully funded with the changes that have occurred
Old Adjustments New
Funding
State funding $ 15,500,000 $ - $ 15,500,000
Cash on hand - - -
Private contributions 63,000,000 - 63,000,000
County government - - -
City government 6,000,000 - 6,000,000
Federal government 22,200,000 - 22,200,000
Available funding sources 106,700,000 - 106,700,000
Other (future investment income)1 11,650,000 (11,650,000) -
Total funding sources $ 118,350,000 $ (11,650,000) $ 106,700,000

Project
Construction and soft costs2 $ 62,633,000 $ (30,095,954) $ 32,537,046
Exhibits 17,660,000 - 17,660,000
Fixtures/furnishings/equipment 2,790,000 - 2,790,000
Pre-opening expenses (other) 32,761,000 - 32,761,000
Project cost approved by Commission 115,844,000 (30,095,954) 85,748,046
2004/2005 Operating deficit (other) 1,900,000 - 1,900,000
Total project budget $ 117,744,000 $ (30,095,954) $ 87,648,046

1
Due to the bond settlement transaction, the future investment income projection was never realized
2
The original estimated construction cost was adjusted to reflect the value of the building used in the audited financial staements

Source Amount Substantiation Comment [kf2]: Will need to add some notes to
explain how they arrived at full funding and refer to
State Funding $15,500,000 the recent changes noted later in our analysis.
Cash-On-Hand $0
Should we change the explanation in
Private Contributions $63,000,000 “Substantiation?” Should we add a second chart
showing the calculation explained in the note below?
County Government $0
City Government $6,000,000
Federal Government $22,200,000
Other (future investment income) $11,650,000 $7,750,000 not substantiated
Deleted:
Total Funding Sources $106,700,000 Deleted:
Total Project Budget $117,744,000 Comment [kf3]: Need to confirm lien release w/
NURFC – ask for written confirmation or ck County
website for property liens.
The Project is complete and was previously funded as indicated in the table above. However, two
Comment [t4R3]: Chris and I have reviewed the
significant events have since transpired affecting the value of the project. The first is that the recorder’s website and to be honest it is not clear as
consortium of banks settled $47M bond debt in exchange for $24M held in investments (a second to what liens are in place. I will request the LPS
position lien on the facility was held as collateral; the lien has been released)The second event is that, provide us proof of release of the liens but I would
rely on Tom Rocco’s opinion of title. (maybe we
appurtenant to GAAP, because the asset’s value is ‘impaired’ management wrote down the carrying should get him going on this earlier rather than later
value of the facility from $78M to $32M at FYE09. Therefore when analyzing the funding for the since it may be involved)
Deleted:

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project, staff reviewed a completed project valued at $32M without any debt and calculated that the
project is fully funded.

Project Need

Commission staff analyzed the Sponsor’s financial statements, including the following:
• internally generated financial statements for year-to-date September 30, 2010 ("YTD10")
• audited financial statements for fiscal-years-ending December 31, 2009 and 2008 (“FYE09”
and "FYE08")
• five-year pro forma

Statement of Financial Position Summary

YTD10 % Change FYE09 % Change FYE08


ASSETS:
Current Assets
Unrestricted $ 3,248,185 9.21% $ 2,974,206 -61.47% $ 7,718,885
Restricted $ - NC $ - NC $ -
Long-Term Assets $ 32,639,131 -16.09% $ 38,897,769 -62.27% $ 103,096,322
TOTAL ASSETS $ 35,887,316 -14.29% $ 41,871,975 -62.21% $ 110,815,207

LIABILITIES:
Total Current Liabilities $ 618,721 0.58% $ 615,126 -42.85% $ 1,076,256
Total Long-Term Liabilities $ - -100.00% $ 27,000,000 -41.30% $ 46,000,000
TOTAL LIABILITIES $ 618,721 -97.76% $ 27,615,126 -41.34% $ 47,076,256

NET ASSETS:
Unrestricted $ 33,357,286 147.29% $ 13,489,393 -78.44% $ 62,563,238
Temporarily Restricted $ 954,643 27.72% $ 747,456 -35.33% $ 1,155,713
Permanently Restricted $ 956,666 4683.33% $ 20,000 0.00% $ 20,000
TOTAL NET ASSETS $ 35,268,595 147.38% $ 14,256,849 -77.63% $ 63,738,951

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $ 35,887,316 -14.29% $ 41,871,975 -62.21% $ 110,815,207

Solvency:
An organization is solvent when assets are greater than liabilities. The Sponsor is solvent because net assets
are positive (YTD10 total assets are $35.9M; total liabilities are $0.6M).

YTD10, the Sponsor had no debt; therefore, a viability ratio was not calculated.

Liquidity:
Liquidity relates to availability of, access to or convertibility to cash. A test of liquidity is current ratio (current
assets divided by current liabilities), which indicates how many times over the entity can pay its current
liabilities with its current assets. (Note: Restricted current assets were not used to calculate the current ratio
because they generally are not available to service current liabilities. Including restricted current assets in the
calculation could have the effect of artificially inflating the current ratio.) A current ratio of greater than 1:1 is
considered acceptable.
YTD10 % Change FYE09 % Change FYE08
Current Ratio 5.25 8.58% 4.84 -32.58% 7.17

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The Sponsor’s YTD10 working capital is $2.7M). Days of cash-on-hand (an indication of how many days an
organization can pay expenses if its revenue stream ceases) at 22 is lower than the 30-day norm.

Leverage:
Leverage is the degree to which a sponsor is borrowing money. A measure of leverage is debt ratio (debt
divided by total assets).

YTD10, the Sponsor has no debt; therefore, a debt ratio is not calculated.

Change in Net Assets:


Change in net assets examines changes over several years to see where an entity is headed.

Operating Change in Net Assets Summary

YTD10 % Change FYE09 % Change FYE08

Total Revenues (net of capital income raised) $ 5,000,030 17.17% $ 4,267,276 -45.19% $ 7,785,726
Total Expenses (net of capital expenses) $ 5,670,869 -30.48% $ 8,157,132 -22.94% $ 10,584,822
OPERATING CHANGE IN NET ASSETS (pre-
depreciation and pre-realized/unrealized
gain/(loss) on investments) $ (670,839) -82.75% $ (3,889,856) 38.97% $ (2,799,096)
Impairment loss (FAS-144 adjustment) $ - -100.00% $ (42,200,000) NC $ -
Extraordinary income (debt settlement) $ 24,150,000 NC $ - NC $ -
Realized/Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on
Investments $ 26,517 -94.22% $ 458,825 P $ (2,447,546)
  Depreciation $ (2,494,182) -35.23% $ (3,851,071) -11.24% $ (4,338,937)
OPERATING CHANGE IN NET ASSETS
(post-depreciation and post-
realized/unrealized gain/(loss) on $ 21,011,496 P $ (49,482,102) 416.21% $ (9,585,579)

Pro Forma Review:


A pro forma review is a projection showing anticipated expenses and revenues for the period.

Operating Pro Forma Summary

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Revised - Private Support Escalating
FYE11 FYE12 FYE13 FYE14 FYE15

Total Revenues (net of capital income raised) $ 3,816,900 $ 3,870,000 $ 4,523,000 $ 4,627,000 $ 4,731,000
Federalization Revenue $ 750,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000
Total Expenses (net of capital expenses) $ 5,665,400 $ 5,722,000 $ 5,779,000 $ 5,837,000 $ 5,896,000
Pre-Depreciation Surplus/(Deficit) $ (1,098,500) $ 1,148,000 $ 1,744,000 $ 1,790,000 $ 1,835,000
Depreciation $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576)
Post-Depreciation Surplus/(Deficit) $ (4,424,076) $ (2,177,576) $ (1,581,576) $ (1,535,576) $ (1,490,576)

Revised - Private Support Flat


FYE11 FYE12 FYE13 FYE14 FYE15

Total Revenues (net of capital income raised) $ 3,613,900 $ 3,364,000 $ 3,964,000 $ 4,015,000 $ 4,066,000
Federalization Revenue $ 750,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000 $ 3,000,000
Total Expenses (net of capital expenses) $ 5,665,400 $ 5,722,000 $ 5,779,000 $ 5,837,000 $ 5,896,000
Pre-Depreciation Surplus/(Deficit) $ (1,301,500) $ 642,000 $ 1,185,000 $ 1,178,000 $ 1,170,000
Depreciation $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576) $ (3,325,576)
Post-Depreciation Surplus/(Deficit) $ (4,627,076) $ (2,683,576) $ (2,140,576) $ (2,147,576) $ (2,155,576)

Footnote: According to the sponsor, if legislation approving federalization is passed prior to September 30, 2011, $3M will be remitted by the federal
government to the Freedom Center immediately. For purposes of the pro forma, Commission staff reported the federalization income on the accrual
basis and recognized only three-twelfths of the projected remittance in FYE11.

The consortium of banks that previously held the debt for the Freedom Center have exchanged $47M in
local bond debt for approximately $24M the Freedom Center was holding in investments. The difference
between the amount owed and the amount paid must be shown as revenue. This is a one-time gain and is
not operating revenue. The net result of the bond settlement is an extraordinary gain of approximately $24M
in YTD10.

Also material to the Freedom Center’s financial position is the adjustment of the carrying value of the
building on the FYE09 financial statement. The previous building balance of $78M in FYE08 was written Deleted: observes
down to $32M in FYE 09 as a result of FAS 144, the GAAP pronouncement applicable to Accounting for the
Comment [kf5]: Did the Auditor’s make this
Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets. statement or is it our staff opinion? Identify whose
opinion this is.
Additionally, the Freedom Center continues to operate at a deficit, as is evidenced by a pre-depreciation, Comment [t6R5]: It is our opinion however you
pre-extraordinary gain, operating deficit of ($670K) at YTD10, a pre-depreciation loss of ($3.9M) at FYE09, raise a good point.. if NURFC were to have a
operating deficits in previous years, and the Sponsor-prepared pro forma indicating pre-Federalization 12/31/10 audit there is a good chance (in my
opinion) they would not get an unqualified “clean”
losses exceeding ($1.8M) for the out years. The Commission staff believes that the Freedom Center is in opinion. They may get a qualified opinion based on
danger of not continuing as a going concern unless federalization is realized. going concern issues. I think it would be
unreasonable to require a 12/31/10 audit before the
February meeting but we may want to consider
Federalization would result in the Facility being gifted to the Federal Government (free and clear of any requiring the freedom center get from their auditors a
liens, including the Commission’s current lien on the facility), and the U.S. Government would operate the special management report attesting the going
concern issue prior to the February meeting.???let
museum commemorating the ending of chattel slavery in the United States. me know your thoughts.
Comment [kf7]: We need to examine whether
According to the sponsor, if federalization takes place, the Freedom Center expects to receive this is possible, given that we put “old” bonds into
approximately $3M/year in operating revenues on a permanent basis, enabling the Freedom Center to the facility.
generate operating surpluses starting at $1.15M for each twelve month period beginning with October 1, Comment [CB8R7]: TC and I discussed. If a
2011, the start of the next Federal fiscal year. According to the Sponsor, the most updated information first lien is a requirement in the “old” bond
documents, then this will be an issue.
currently available indicates that Senator Sherrod Brown supports the legislation that was discussed in draft
form in October of 2009, and the Freedom Center management is optimistic that the legislation will be Comment [t9R7]: We included a condition of
approval requiring bond counsel opinion on release
of liens.

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passed. The Sponsor anticipates “that the funds would be received in the [fourth] quarter of 2011, if [it is]
successful in getting the language signed and passed prior to [September 30, 2011].”

Even if the effort to secure federalization is successful, there remains a challenge in meeting operating cash
flow needs until such time as the Federal funds are received. A review of the liquidity position calls into
question the ability of the Freedom Center to meet its obligations in the first quarter of 2011 and beyond.
Commission staff requested and reviewed a Sponsor-prepared cash flow schedule that starts in the fourth
quarter of 2010 and ends at the fourth quarter 2011. The cash flow assumes Commission funding of $850K
in February of 2011 and indicates positive cash balances until federalization is anticipated to take place in
October of 2011, at which time the Freedom Center would possibly receive $3M in federal funding.

In reviewing the projected cash flow Commission staff notes projected operating cash outflows are
significantly less than recent actual operating costs shown in the prior year audit and the YTD financial
statements. The projected decreases are due to cuts in fundraising and professional lobbying expenses. In
response to inquiries as to how projected fundraising cash inflows will be achieved when cutting fundraising
expenses, the sponsor responded that they hired a new director of development, which should enable the
Freedom Center to cut fundraising costs while achieving their fundraising goals. The Sponsor’s response
regarding the impact of cutting professional lobbying expenditures before federalization is secured: the
lobbyist will be working pro bono. In order to achieve the positive cash balances as indicated by the
projected cash flow, fundraising cash inflows must continue to be realized at a level which has only recently
been accomplished, as indicated by the year to date financials, but which is substantially higher than years
past. In evaluating the Freedom Center’s ability to achieve the fundraising cash inflow, Commission staff
notes the Freedom Center and new director of development must contend with a challenging environment
for fundraising, including an uncertain economy, possible donor fatigue, and the effect the write down of the
building may have on potential donor enthusiasm. Also, the fundraising outlook may be influenced positively
by certain factors including the effect the bond settlement has on donor perspective as well as the prospect Comment [kf10]: Is this both a positive and
of federalization. Commission staff concludes that, there remain formidable uncertainties regarding negative factor?

achieving the fundraising levels necessary to create the projected positive cash balances. Comment [t11R10]: I believe it can be viewed
as both a positive and negative factor however, given
the fact their fundraising has increased I am viewing
In formulating its recommendation, the Commission staff observes that only one alternative is available to as a positive factor as viewed by their current
potentially enable fulfillment of the overall goal, which is to enable the Freedom Center facility continue to donors.
operate. Since operating costs have been cut drastically in years past and cannot realistically be cut much
further, and because operating revenues have historically been insufficient to cover costs, it appears that
the most promising alternative is federalization as contemplated by the Sponsor. Commission staff
calculated the dollar amount of outstanding bonds allocated to the Freedom Center to be $7.4M as of
October 2010 out of $14.7M. The outstanding bonds will be paid off by the state over the next 10 years.
These calculations do not include the $850K currently being considered for approval by the Commission.
Commission staff evaluates the risk to the state as ‘high’ if the sponsor were to stop operating in 2011.
Therefore, the alternative of not approving the Commission funds and thereby exacerbating a very difficult
financial position may lead to closure of the Freedom Center before federalization can be approved.
Approval for the $850,000 Project appears to be necessary to keeping the Freedom Center open while they
continue to pursue federalization.

However, Commission staff recommends such an approval only conditionally, to eliminate any additional
risk. Commission staff recommends the Commission approve the Project contingent on execution of a
guarantee in an amount equal to the current appropriation of $850,000. John Pepper, a founding board
member of the Freedom Center and Chairman-emeritus of Proctor & Gamble has agreed to sign the
guarantee. Such a guarantee would ensure the Commission is not placing the new state funds at risk; in
addition, this contingent approval reduces the state’s risk associated with $14.5M of appropriations
previously approved because the Freedom Center will have time to continue to seek federalization.
Commission staff also recommends the Commission require a business plan, approved by the Freedom

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Center board, with fallback arrangements in the event the Sponsor-prepared cash projections prove
infeasible.

The Commission holds approximately $460K in an escrow fund for a “management transition” in the event
the Freedom Center is unable to continue to operate. The escrowed funds would be used to pay costs of
heating, cooling, insuring, and securing the building until such time as another organization could be
identified to operate the building as a cultural facility.

Finally, noteworthy for the Commission’s deliberations regarding the Freedom Center, is the Federal
requirement that the Facility be free of all liens in order for Federalization to take place. This criterion would
require the Commission to release its first lien position on the facility at the point in time when the federal
government commits to providing operating funds. The release of property liens may be prohibited by the
bond documents pertaining to the bond money which funded the original appropriations. Therefore, staff is
recommending the sponsor be required to provide opinion from nationally recognized bond counsel
ascertaining the release of the liens is not a violation of the bond documents. Also, prior to releasing the
liens the Commission will have to weigh the benefit of maintaining a first lien position without federalization
against the benefit of gaining federalization and releasing the first lien position. Staff believes at this point
in time the best probability of the Freedom Center continuing to provide culture for the next fifteen years
requires the funding which federalization will secure. As stated previously, it appears that the lower risk
alternative at this point in time is to release the state funds in exchange for a guaranty in an equal amount. Comment [kf12]: I don’t believe this is an
accurate recital of what was approved. I believe this
was a point for future negation. We need to research
A review of the Sponsor’s solvency, liquidity, leverage, change in net assets and pro forma indicates it is this situation further.
marginally likely the Sponsor will be able to operate the Facility and present culture to the public over a Comment [CB13R12]: TC reviewed the MOU
sustained period of time in accordance with Section 3383.07 of the ORC. and there is NO indication that approval to release
the first lien concurrent with federalization was
See Exhibit E for a summary of the Sponsor’s financial statements. granted by the Commission.
Deleted: The future release of the state’s first
lien position at the time of federalization was
Provision of General Building Services approved by the Commission in May 2009
Deleted: .
Although experienced in the provision of general building services at the Facility, the Sponsor has
marginal financial capacity to continue providing general building services at the Facility. In
anticipation of the Sponsor completing the proposed Facility transfer to the federal government,
Commission staff conditionally confirms the Sponsor continue to provide these services as permitted
by section 3383.07 of the ORC.

Approval of the Project and Authorization of the Expenditure of Funds

Appropriation History:  Formatted: Left, Right: -0.44"


Appropriation Bill Appropriation G.A. Appropriation Comments Formatted: Font: 11 pt
Name Number Date Amount
Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Bold,
National Am. Sub. 6/24/2008 127 $850,000 Funding this project. Font color: White
Underground H.B. 562
Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Railroad Freedom color: Black
Center
National Am. Sub. 12/28/2006 126 $2,000,000 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Underground H.B. 699 freedom center. color: Black
Railroad Freedom
Center
NURFC H.B. 16 5/4/2005 126 $4,150,000 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
freedom center. color: Black

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National H.B. 675 12/13/2002 124 $4,000,000 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Underground freedom center. color: Black
Railroad Freedom
Center
National Am. Sub. 6/15/2000 123 $3,500,000 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Underground H.B. 640 freedom center. color: Black
Railroad Freedom
Center
National Am. Sub. 3/18/1999 122 $500,000 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Underground H.B. 850 freedom center. color: Black
Railroad Freedom
Center
Cincinnati Riverfront Am. H.B. 9/17/1996 121 $166,668 Architectual fees and Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Development 748 continuing development color: Black
work on the freedom
center.
Cincinnati Riverfront Am. H.B. 9/17/1996 121 $333,332 Funded construction of the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Development 748 freedom center. color: Black
Total $15,500,000 Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
color: Black
Recommendation: The materials submitted by the Sponsor were reviewed and analyzed, and the Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Bold,
Commission chief financial analyst, chief project manager, and executive director recommend approval of Font color: Black

Resolution R-11-06, the approval of the Project and authorization of the expenditure of funds, subject to the Deleted: ¶
Appropriation Name ... [1]
following conditions:
Deleted: c
• The Sponsor provides a guarantee by John Pepper acceptable to the Executive Director at her Deleted: a
sole discretion guaranteeing the $850,000 appropriation; The Guaranty will include, but not be Deleted: E
limited ot the following reasons justifying release of the guaranteed funds: Deleted: D
1) Failure to attain Federal legislation by December 31, 2011 that provides for
Formatted: Not Highlight
the federal government to be responsible for the Facility and to provide
sufficient operating subsidies to ensure future operations of the Facility, Deleted: XX
satisfactory to the executive director of the Commission in her sole discretion; Formatted: Numbered + Level: 1 +
Numbering Style: 1, 2, 3, … + Start at: 1 +
Alignment: Left + Aligned at: 0.5" + Indent at:
2) Failure to achieve the Sponsor providing to the Ohio Public Facilities 0.75"
Commission (the “OPFC”), the Treasurer of State and the Commission an
Formatted: Numbered + Level: 1 +
opinion of nationally recognized bond counsel, acceptable to the Treasurer of Numbering Style: 1, 2, 3, … + Start at: 1 +
State, and addressed to the OPFC, the Treasurer of State and the Alignment: Left + Aligned at: 0.5" + Indent at:
Commission, stating that the financing structure, ownership and/or 0.75"
operational/management structure will not a) adversely affect the validity of
the state-issued tax-exempt bonds; and b) will not adversely affect the
exclusion of the interest on the state-issued tax-exempt bonds from the gross
income of the holders of the state-issued tax-exempt bonds for federal
income tax purposes;

3) Failure to achieve the new financing structure, ownership and/or Formatted: Numbered + Level: 1 +
operational/management structure for the project and sponsor organization is Numbering Style: 1, 2, 3, … + Start at: 1 +
Alignment: Left + Aligned at: 0.5" + Indent at:
acceptable to the Commission executive director, in her sole discretion; 0.75"
Formatted: Indent: Left: 0.06", No bullets or
• The Sponsor provides a business plan, approved by the Freedom Center board of directors, numbering
addressing the necessary steps the Freedom Center will have to undertake in order to meet the
potential needs should the sponsor prepared projected cash flow positive balances not be met;

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• [The Sponsor provide opinion from Nationally Recognized Bond Counsel regarding release of the Deleted: we need to research whether we can
release our first lien position should the
first lien as required by federalization and currently held under the base lease with any potential Freedom Center obtain the federal legislation]
conflict involving the bond documents.
Formatted: Indent: Left: 0.75", No bullets or
numbering

Commission Actions This Meeting:


In Resolution R-11-06, the Commission is asked to do the following: confirm need for Project; confirm Comment [kf14]: Add resolution #
substantial regional support; confirm the provision of general building services; approve the project and Comment [AR15]: Added
authorize the expenditure of funds, pending certain requirements; and authorize the execution of legal Comment [AR16]: Confirm for all noted
agreements.
Comment [kf17]: Confirm? Also ck earlier
references to determine vs. confirm
Comment [kf18]: Confirm? Also ck earlier
references to determine vs. confirm

Deleted: XX
Chief Analyst Chief Project Manager
Deleted: determine
Deleted: determine
Comment [kf19]: Confirm? Also ck earlier
references to determine vs. confirm

Executive Director Deleted: determine

Exhibits Comment [kf20]: Mark the corresponding boxes


Comment [AR21]: Noted
□ A Provision of Culture

□ B Detailed Project Budget

□ C Facility Project Info

□ D Project Team Resumes and qualifications

E Financial Statements Formatted: Indent: Left: -0.69", Hanging:


0.19", Picture bulleted + Level: 1 + Aligned at:
0" + Indent at: 0.25"
□ F Evidence of Local Match

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Appropriation Bill Appropriation G.A. Appropriation Comments
Name Number Date Amount
National Am. Sub. 6/24/2008 127 $850,000 Funding this project.
Underground H.B. 562
Railroad Freedom
Center
National Am. Sub. 12/28/2006 126 $2,000,000 Funded construction of the
Underground H.B. 699 freedom center.
Railroad Freedom
Center
NURFC H.B. 16 5/4/2005 126 $4,150,000 Funded construction of the
freedom center.
National H.B. 675 12/13/2002 124 $4,000,000 Funded construction of the
Underground freedom center.
Railroad Freedom
Center
National Am. Sub. 6/15/2000 123 $3,500,000 Funded construction of the
Underground H.B. 640 freedom center.
Railroad Freedom
Center
National Am. Sub. 3/18/1999 122 $500,000 Funded construction of the
Underground H.B. 850 freedom center.
Railroad Freedom
Center
Cincinnati Riverfront Am. H.B. 9/17/1996 121 $166,668 Architectual fees and
Development 748 continuing development
work on the freedom
center.
Cincinnati Riverfront Am. H.B. 9/17/1996 121 $333,332 Funded construction of the
Development 748 freedom center.
Total $15,500,000