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Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority
The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority (OCIA) was created in 1959 to provide bond funding for the construction of office buildings and other infrastructure support for various departments and agencies of the State of Oklahoma, particularly those currently leasing office space.
During its history, the Authority has funded numerous building and infrastructure improvements, including projects benefiting many state agencies, state colleges and universities, correctional facilities, and highway improvements.
The Authority issues Revenue Bonds backed by lease agreements with the various state entities. Upon extinguishment of the bond debt, the improvements remain the property of the Authority or become the property of the state entity leasing the improvement. The Authority also currently operates several state office buildings for the benefit of state agencies.
State entities interested in the OCIA bond issuance process are encouraged to review the Request for Timing and Use of Proceeds document.
The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority (“OCIA” or the “Authority”) is authorized to issue bonds, notes or other obligations to finance construction of buildings or other facilities for the State of Oklahoma, its departments and agencies. OCIA may also issue refunding bonds to refinance its existing obligations, if economically feasible. Powers and duties of OCIA are set out in its enabling statutes at Title 73, Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 151 and following, as amended. OCIA exists to finance, construct and provide adequate and suitable office space and other needed facilities for departments and agencies of State government. In addition, OCIA helps provide financing for highway infrastructure for continued economic development in the State. Its enabling laws allow OCIA to purchase land for, and to erect, maintain and operate buildings for the use of State and federal agencies. Such improvements are generally financed through issuance of long-term OCIA obligations, which are in turn retired by rental payments made by agencies occupying the facilities. Members of the OCIA governing board are determined by statute.
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services oversees the staff designated to administer OCIA affairs. By statute, the office of the Attorney General provides legal counsel to OCIA. The State Bond Advisor provides services to OCIA related to issuance of bonds and other obligations.