Tribal Economic Development

Financing Economic Development Projects

Tribal nations are beset with growing difficulties.  Many cannot be resolved by continuing to do what they have been doing and using the tools they have been using.  Historically tribes have waited for federal funding to launch economic and community development projects.  Funding has never been enough to maintain steady progress across Indian Country.  As a result tribal communities have fallen further and further behind.  A key to closing the widening gap is applying the federal finance tool of leverage.  KIVA will assist tribal nations by applying practical problem solving techniques including how to select projects, recognize and secure applicable financial resources and structuring projects to make the best use of limited capital.

Construction Management Services

Technical guidance and assistance is provided by Tribal Project Advisors for tribal construction projects including tribal jails, justice centers, schools, health clinics, roads and bridges, and renewable projects with a special focus on tribal rights acknowledged by the Indian Self-Determination Act.  Services include serving as Owner’s Representative during the planning, design, construction and post-construction phases.  Assistance includes defining responsibilities of the project management team, organizing and leading by developing the project delivery strategy, implementing project controls, defining roles and responsibilities, developing communication protocols, and identifying the elements of project design and construction services.  Tasks include preparation of contracts and cultural preservation clearances; development of engineers’ cost estimates, construction project budgets, competitive bidding process; and contract negotiation, contract award, contract monitoring, and liaison with federal agencies on behalf of Project Owners.

Alternative Energy and Renewable Energy Project Development

The Tribal Project Advisors provides independent renewable and alternative energy project consulting services with the goal of reducing energy costs and improving the environment with little, or no upfront capital investment or operating risk. The team’s proprietary approach enables owners to evaluate and implement a program of onsite solar energy generation, with little, or no upfront capital investment or operating risk. This allows for owners to “go green” and reduce energy costs without dipping into already constrained operating budget. This is accomplished through creation of a Power Purchase or Operating Lease Agreement that allows for purchase of solar energy generated at the site at prices below prevailing utility rates. The system may be owned and maintained by a third-party vendor or by the owner through a capital purchase program. The team provides guidance from inception to completion. Assistance includes conducting initial feasibility assessments, cost saving estimates, and procuring project financing.

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