(1) There is established the manufacturing facility bond pool. The manufacturing facility bond pool shall be available solely to provide written confirmations for private activity bonds to finance manufacturing facility projects. Allocations from this pool shall be awarded statewide, except as provided in this section, pursuant to the procedures specified in s. 159.805, except that the provisions of s. 159.805(2) and (3) do not apply. In issuing written confirmations of allocations for manufacturing facility projects, the division shall use the manufacturing facility bond pool. If allocation is not available from the manufacturing facility bond pool, the division shall issue written confirmations of allocations for manufacturing facility projects pursuant to s. 159.806 or s. 159.807, in that order. For the purpose of determining priority within a regional allocation pool or the state allocation pool, notices of intent to issue bonds for manufacturing facility projects to be issued from a regional allocation pool or the state allocation pool shall be considered to have been received by the division at the time it is determined by the division that the manufacturing facility bond pool is unavailable to issue confirmation for such manufacturing facility project.
(2)(a) The first 75 percent of this pool shall be available on a first come, first served basis, except that 15 percent of the state volume limitation allocated to this pool shall be available as provided in paragraph (b). Prior to issuing any written confirmations for the remaining 25 percent of this pool, the director shall forward all notices of intent to issue which are received by the division for manufacturing facility projects to the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development and the Department of Community Affairs shall decide, after receipt of the notices of intent to issue, which notices will receive written confirmations. Such decision shall be communicated in writing by the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development to the director within 10 days of receipt of such notices of intent to issue. The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, in consultation with the Department of Community Affairs, may develop rules to ensure that allocation of the remaining 25 percent is consistent with the state’s economic development policy.
(b) For the first 6 months of each year, 15 percent of such pool shall be available only for manufacturing facility projects located within a county that has a population of less than 75,000 residents, or within any county that has a population of less than 125,000 residents and is contiguous with a county that has a population of less than 75,000 residents, as determined by the most current decennial census, residing in incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. Any portion of such allocation for which a written confirmation has not been issued by the director or for which an issuance report for bonds using such an allocation has not been received by the division before the end of the first 6 months of each year must be allocated pursuant to paragraph (a).
(3) Any written confirmation issued by the director pursuant to this section has no effect unless the bonds to which such confirmation applies have been issued by the agency and written notice of such issuance has been provided to the director within 90 calendar days after the date the confirmation was issued or November 15, whichever occurs earlier.