Project Finance 2018 8 Wealth & Finance International - 2018 Project Finance Awards Established in 1989 through the merger of 11 Banks for Cooperatives, today CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. Specifically, in the power space the bank covers Generation and Transmission Cooperatives, Investor Owner Utilities (mostly regulated), and also boasts a significant presence in the US IPP business as a lender to both thermal and renewable energy resources. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and maintains an international representative office in Singapore. Having recognised the organisation in our 2018 Project Finance Awards we profile it to find out more and explore the secrets behind its success. Best Thermal & Renewables Project Refinancing Specialist 2018 – USA & Project Finance Banking Team of the Year - USA CoBank As an integral member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure, and rural communities, CoBank’s mission is to serve as a dependable provider of credit and other value- added financial services and support to agriculture, rural infrastructure and other similar businesses for the benefit of rural America. Additionally, CoBank is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and Farm Credit is an Equal Housing Lender, and an Equal Credit Opportunity Lender. As such, borrowers can rest assured that they are being supported by a recognised, reputable financial institution that has the resources to meet their individual needs. The bank is the largest in the system, which Congress formed in 1916 to fill a need for long-term agricultural credit. The system is now a national network of lending institutions that provides production agriculture with more than 30 percent of its credit and financial needs. Ultimately, CoBank’s focus is on providing dependable, knowledgeable services that its clients can rely on. This will remain the bank’s ongoing focus as it looks towards a bright future. Company: CoBank Contact: Bill Gallagher Website: CoBank Nov18895