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Body:Section 41-10-541


(a) The following words and phrases used in this division, and others evidently intended as the equivalent thereof, shall, in the absence of clear implication herein otherwise, be given the following respective interpretations herein:

(1) APPROPRIATED FUNDS. Net TVA payments to the extent such payments are pledged and appropriated to the authority pursuant to Section 41-10-550.

(2) AUTHORITY. The public corporation organized pursuant to this division.

(3) AUTHORITY GUARANTY. An agreement of the authority pursuant to which the payment of debt service referable to bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of a development agency is guaranteed by the authority.

(4) AUTHORITY OBLIGATIONS. Bonds of the authority and authority guaranties.

(5) AUTHORITY-GUARANTEED OBLIGATIONS. Bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of a development agency that are issued solely for the purpose in financing a project and that are guaranteed, in whole or in part, by an authority guaranty.

(6) BONDS. Bonds of the authority issued for any authorized purpose.

(7) DEBT SERVICE. The principal of and interest (and premium, if any) on an obligation (including, without limitation, any principal required to be paid prior to its stated maturity) and any ongoing trustee or paying agent fees or fees of providers of credit enhancement or liquidity facilities.

(8) DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. A county, municipality, or industrial development authority organized under Chapter 92A of Title 11; an industrial development board organized under Article 4, Chapter 54 of Title 11, or the State Industrial Development Authority.

(9) DIRECTORS. The Board of Directors of the Alabama Incentives Financing Authority.

(10) ELIGIBLE INVESTMENTS. a. Bonds or other obligations which as to principal and interest constitute direct obligations of, or are unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America, including obligations of any federal agency to the extent such obligations are unconditionally guaranteed by the United States of America and any certificates or any other evidences of an ownership interest in such obligations of, or unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America or in specified portions thereof (which may consist of the principal thereof or the interest thereon); b. Bonds, debentures, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness issued by any of the following agencies: Bank of Cooperatives; federal intermediate credit banks; Federal Financing Bank; federal home loan banks; Federal Farm Credit Bank; Export-Import Bank of the United States; federal land banks; Farmers Home Administration or any other agency or corporation which has been or may hereafter be created by or pursuant to an act of the Congress of the United States as an agency or instrumentality thereof; c. Bonds, notes, pass through securities, or other evidences of indebtedness of Government National Mortgage Association and participation certificates of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; d. Full faith and credit obligations of any state, provided that at the time of purchase such obligations are rated as least "AA" by Standard & Poor's Ratings Group and at least "Aa" by Moody's Investor Service; e. Public housing bonds issued by public agencies or municipalities and fully secured as to the payment of both principal and interest by contracts with the United States of America, or temporary notes, preliminary notes or project notes issued by public agencies or municipalities, in each case fully secured as to the payment of both principal and interest by a requisition or payment agreement with the United States of America; f. Time deposits evidenced by certificates of deposit issued by banks or savings and loan associations which are members of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, provided that, to the extent such time deposits are not covered by federal deposit insurance, such time deposits (including interest thereon) are fully secured by a pledge of obligations described in paragraphs a., b., c., and e. above, which at all times have a market value not less than the amount of such bank time deposits required to be so secured and which meet the greater of 100% collateralization or the "AA" collateral levels established by Standard & Poor's Ratings Group for structured financing; g. Repurchase agreements for obligations of the type specified in paragraphs a., b., c., and e. above, provided such repurchase agreements are fully collateralized and secured by such obligations which have a market value at least equal to the purchase price of such repurchase agreements which are held by a depository satisfactory to the State Treasurer in such manner as may be required to provide a perfected security interest in such obligations, and which meet the greater of 100% collateralization or the "AA" collateral levels established by Standard & Poor's Rating Group for structured financings; and h. Uncollateralized investment agreements with, or certificates of deposit issued by banks or bank holding companies, the senior long-term securities of which are rated at least "AA" by Standard & Poor's Rating Group and at least "Aa" by Moody's Investors Service.

(11) FINANCED PROPERTY. All property whether real, personal, or mixed, the costs of which were or are to be paid or reimbursed in whole or in part with the proceeds of bonds of the authority or the proceeds of authority-guaranteed obligations.

(12) FINANCING AGREEMENT. Any loan, lease, agreement, grant agreement, financing agreement, credit agreement, security agreement, mortgage, indenture, guaranty agreement, or other type of agreement entered into by the authority in connection with the incurring of authority obligations.

(13) FUNDING AGREEMENT. An agreement between the state and the authority under which the state shall agree to make funds available to the authority to be used for the payment, or to enhance the payment, of debt service on bonds issued by the authority; provided (i) such agreement shall have an initial term from the date of execution thereof through the September 30 immediately succeeding the date of execution, and shall be subject to renewal, at the sole option of the state, for successive terms of twelve (12) months each, each such term to coincide with the fiscal year of the state beginning on October 1 and continuing until and including the next succeeding September 30, and (ii) any obligation on the part of the state to pay amounts required to be paid during any fiscal year of the state under such agreement shall constitute a limited obligation of the state payable solely out of the revenues and receipts appropriated to and received by the state during the fiscal year of the state during which any such amount is to be payable.

(14) HEREIN, HEREBY, HEREUNDER, HEREOF, and OTHER EQUIVALENT WORDS. Refer to this division as an entirety and not solely to the particular section or portion thereof in which any such word is used.

(15) INDUSTRIAL OR RESEARCH ENTERPRISE. Any trade or business described in 1987 Standard Industrial Classification Major Groups 20 to 39, inclusive, 50 and 51, Industrial Group Number 737, and Industry Numbers 8731, 8733, and 8734, as set forth in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual published by the United States Government Office of Management and Budget, and includes such trades and businesses as may be hereafter reclassified in any subsequent publication of the Standard Industrial Classification Manual.

(16) MAINTENANCE FUND. A fund established by resolution of the directors for the purpose of holding amounts directed by resolution of the authority to be maintained and used to pay the costs and expenses of acquiring, operating, and maintaining any project or other property owned, acquired or operated by the authority and to pay any other costs, expenses or obligations of the authority.

(17) NET TVA PAYMENTS. With respect to any fiscal year of the state, the in-lieu-of-taxes payments made by the Tennessee Valley Authority to and retained by the state during such fiscal year after distributions made pursuant to Section 40-28-2 and after compliance with Section 41-9-783.

(18) PERSON. Unless limited to a natural person by the context in which it is used, includes a private firm, a private association, a public or private corporation, a municipality, a county, or an agency, department, or instrumentality of the state or of a county or municipality.

(19) PROJECT. Any land, building, or other improvement, and all real and personal properties deemed necessary or useful in connection therewith, whether or not now in existence, that are or are to be located in the state and that have been or are to be acquired, constructed, expanded, or installed for use (i) by an industrial or research enterprise, (ii) by a manufacturing, aviation or transportation enterprise, (iii) by any enterprise engaged in manufacturing, processing, cultivating or assembling any agricultural or manufactured product, (iv) as a training facility, or (v) by any entity in promoting economic development or the recruitment of industrial, research, manufacturing, aviation or transportation prospects to the state.

(20) PROJECT COSTS. All costs and expenses incurred by the authority or any person in connection with the acquisition, construction, installation, and equipping of a project, including, without limitation, any of the following:

a. The costs of acquiring, constructing, installing, and equipping a project, including all obligations incurred for labor and to contractors, subcontractors, builders, and materialmen.

b. The costs of acquiring land or rights in land and any cost incidental thereto, including recording fees.

c. The costs of contract bonds and of insurance of all kinds that may be required or necessary during the acquisition, construction, or installation of a project.

d. The costs of architectural and engineering services, including test borings, surveys, estimates, plans and specifications, preliminary investigations, environmental mitigation, and supervision of construction, as well as for the performance of all the duties required by or consequent upon the acquisition, construction, and installation of a project.

e. The costs associated with installation of fixtures and equipment, surveys, including archeological and environmental surveys, site tests and inspections, subsurface site work, excavation, removal of structures, roadways, cemeteries, and other surface obstructions, filling, grading, and provisions for drainage, storm water retention, installation of utilities, including water, sewer, sewage treatment, gas, electricity, communications, and similar facilities, off-site construction of utility extensions to the boundaries of the property, and paving.

f. Interest accruing with respect to bonds of the authority or authority-guaranteed obligations for a period of up to two years after the issuance of such bonds.

g. All costs, expenses, and fees incurred in connection with the issuance of authority obligations and authority-guaranteed obligations, including, without limitation, all legal, accounting, financial, printing, recording, filing, and other fees and expenses.

h. The costs for obtaining bond insurance, letters of credit, or other forms of credit enhancement or liquidity facilities.

i. Amounts to be deposited in any reserve fund established with respect to such authority obligations or authority-guaranteed obligations.

j. All other costs of a nature comparable to or required in connection with those described.

k. Reimbursement to any person of any of the foregoing costs incurred by the person either for its own account, or for the account of the authority and without regard to when incurred.

(21) RESERVE FUND. Any fund or account established by the authority in which moneys are placed in reserve to be used to pay the principal of or interest on bonds issued by the authority in the event funds pledged for the payment of debt service on such bonds are insufficient to timely satisfy the payment requirements.

(22) STATE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. The public corporation created pursuant to Article 2, Chapter 10 of this title, as amended.

(23) TRAINING FACILITY. Any facility to be used for the purpose of providing vocational, technical, or other training for employees or prospective employees of any industry for the manufacturing, processing, cultivating, or assembling of any agricultural or manufactured product.

(24) TRAINING FACILITY MANAGEMENT FEES. Fees payable to any person as compensation for managing a training facility under a management agreement entered into pursuant to Section 41-10-551, including payments to be made to reimburse such person for the costs of operating and maintaining a training facility.

(b) The definitions set forth in this section shall be deemed applicable whether the words defined are used in the singular or plural. Whenever used herein any pronoun or pronouns shall be deemed to include both singular and plural and to cover all genders.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-373, p. 747, §2; Act 99-198, p. 237, §2; Act 2010-715, p. 1763, §1.)