Baltimore, MD – Treasurer of the United States Chief Lynn Malerba, joined by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative Kweisi Mfume, and Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) Director Jodie Harris, today announced more than $5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards nationwide. Speaking at the recently redeveloped Lexington Market, Treasurer Chief Malerba announced the selection of 107 organizations across the country to receive NMTC allocation awards, made through the calendar year (CY) 2021 round of the NMTC Program.

“Twenty years ago, the Treasury Department announced the first New Markets Tax Credit awards, and for many economic development projects across the country since then, the New Markets Tax Credit has been a vitally important piece of the puzzle,” Treasurer Chief Malerba, said. “This program has created or retained hundreds of thousands of jobs and spurred economic growth in many low-income communities across our country. It is important that Congress sustain these investments over time by making the New Markets Tax Credit Program permanent.”

Treasury’s announcement was made today at the new Lexington Market building, home to the longest continuously operating public market in the nation, located in the heart of Baltimore City. Previous NMTC awards were used to finance the $45 million dollar transformation that has resulted in the construction of the new public market building and a block-long public plaza.

“Lexington Market demonstrates what can be accomplished when projects in low-income communities can access needed financing for initiatives that will help revitalize them,” said Director Harris. “We often associate the New Markets Tax Credit with new buildings, but just as frequently, the tax credit allows for a new use of an existing property. The Lexington Market project will breathe new life into this neighborhood by making fresh food available to residents, build local businesses and wealth, and provide a community gathering place.”

The 107 Community Development Entities receiving awards today were selected from a pool of 199 applicants that requested an aggregate total of $14.7 billion in tax credit allocation authority. The award recipients are headquartered in 35 different states and the District of Columbia. Over 20% of the investments will be made in rural communities. It is estimated that these award recipients will make nearly $1 billion in New Markets Tax Credit investments in non-metropolitan counties.

Today’s announcement brings the total amount awarded through the NMTC Program to more than $71 billion. Historically, NMTC Program awards have generated $8 of private investment for every $1 invested by the federal government. Through the end of fiscal year 2021, NMTC Program award recipients deployed more than $62.9 billion in investments in low-income communities and businesses; with impacts such as the creation or retention of more than 857,000 jobs, and the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 239 million square feet of commercial real estate.

2021 NMTC Program Award Resources