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Guest Speaker: Dale Royal

President. Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc.

Dale Royal is president of Atlanta Emerging Markets Inc., a community development entity owned by Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s official economic development authority. Mr. Royal oversees all aspects of the agency’s involvement in the new markets tax credit (NMTC) program and other public-private partnerships. Atlanta Emerging Markets Inc. has been awarded a total of $148 million in NMTC Allocation in four rounds, and has closed 10 NMTC transactions totaling $137 million. Mr. Royal has a 25-year track record in financing community development projects, with a total of $1.0 billion in transactions to develop transit, affordable housing, commercial buildings and mixed-use developments. He is also a leader in developing new funding programs such as venture capital, EB-5 foreign investment and PACE financing for green buildings. Prior to joining Invest Atlanta, Mr. Royal worked at Self-Help Credit Union, San Diego’s downtown redevelopment agency, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, San Francisco Housing Authority and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A Los Angeles native, Mr. Royal holds a master's degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in economics from University of California at Irvine. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

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