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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Funding on way for I-35W project

Fort Worth - One of the most congested freeways in the state will finally see some relief.
The 6.5-mile stretch of road on Interstate 35W from Interstate 30 north to the junction of Loop 820, part of the larger North Tarrant Express project, achieved financial close on Thursday, meaning funding for the $1.4 billion project is secured. The project, known as Segment 3A of the NTE, will take about four years, finishing in 2018.
The contract was awarded to Cintra US, an Austin-based subsidiary of Madrid-based Cintra.


“This is a huge win for Texas, and demonstrates significant market confidence in this public-private partnership,” said Nicolas Rubio, president, Cintra US, in a news release. “Through this innovative public-private partnership, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) have utilized the strength of the private sector to deliver this project years sooner than otherwise possible and at vastly reduced public costs, while creating local job growth and fostering economic development for the region.”


The construction of Segment 3A of the NTE will rebuild 6.5 miles of the existing main lanes of I-35W, construct new, expanded frontage roads, and expand the highway with the addition of two TEXpress lanes (or managed toll lanes) in both directions, doubling the capacity of the highway. The 3A Segment extends from I-30 in downtown Fort Worth up to and through the I-35W/I-820 interchange. Construction is expected to begin this fall. Segment 3B is being constructed by TxDOT and will be operated by NTEMP3.
NTEMP3 is led by Cintra USand Meridiam Infrastructure. The equity members also include the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System and APG. The project is being financed through a combination of public and private funds: $531 million from a federal TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) loan; $430 million in private equity from investment partners; $274 million in Private Activity Bonds (PABs) maturing in 25 and 30 years (which were 2.5 and 4 times oversubscribed respectively); and $127 million in public funds from TxDOT and NCTCOG.
 

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