Principal – Mr. Hamilton is one of the founders of Opportunity Alliance, LLC and currently operates nine other businesses. He is also President of Financial Solutions since 1993, which is a private firm that assists business and government in obtaining governmental financing which includes tax free bonds, loans and loan guarantees. Mr. Hamilton has facilitated over $1,900,000 in financial capital since 1993.
Currently, Executive Director of the Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority (UIRVDA), since 1994, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Bureau, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, McHenry and Putnam and has issued $251,640,000 in bonds and created 2,841 jobs. www.uirvda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Regional Economic Development Authority (QCREDA), since 1995, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Lee, Mercer, Rock Island Stephenson and Whiteside and has issued $176,731,078 in bonds and created 2,260 jobs. www.qcreda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Will Kankakee Regional Development Authority (WKRDA), since 1996, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Will and Kankakee and has issued $89,215,000 in bonds and created 863 jobs. www.wkrda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Southeastern Illinois Economic Development Authority (SIEDA), since 2005, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash and Wayne and has issued $11,214,000 in bonds and created 260 jobs. www.siedail.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Eastern Illinois Economic Development Authority (EIEDA), since 2009, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Coles, and Edgar and has issued bonds and provided leases of $119,258,095 and created 376 new jobs. www.eieda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Western Illinois Economic Development Authority (WIEDA), since 2009, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Mason, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Warren and has issued bonds and facilitated Enterprise Zone investment of $94,171,00 and created 1,125 new jobs. www.wieda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Tri-County River Valley Development Authority (TRVDA), since 2013, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford and has issued $7,500,000 in bonds and created 50 new jobs. www.trvda.com.
Currently Executive Director of the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority (CIEDA), since 2011, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Calhoun, Christian, DeWitt, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery and Sangamon. The Authority has issued $13,995,000 in bonds and created 193 new jobs. www.cieda.biz
Formerly, Board of Directors of ClearStack Power Corporation, a clean coal technology development and implementation company with a patented technology to remove NOx Sulfur (SO2), Mercury (Hg) and particulate emissions for electric utility and industrial boiler applications. www.clearstack.com. Mr. Hamilton is also financial advisor to several Illinois Bank Community Development Corporations.
Formerly, Assistant Deputy Director of the Bureau of Operations at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) which had a $900 mil annual budget, administered 70 programs, staffed 700 and operated 11 overseas offices. His bureau oversaw the accounting, budget and financial review offices which underwrote an $84 million loan and investment portfolio and analyzed over 350 applications annually. Mr. Hamilton also served as the Springfield Office Chief for FRED and an Economic Development Representative. Mr. Hamilton has served as a Director on a number of public and private financing authorities as follows: Illinois Small Business Growth Corporation, First Illinois Development Credit Corporation, Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority. Mr. Hamilton has served on the editorial board for the Illinois Economic Report monthly magazine, the Illinois Impact Magazine. He has authored numerous articles and commentaries in various magazines and local newspapers on economic development topics.
Prior to employment in the public sector, Mr. Hamilton was the Branch Manager of a First Union Mortgage Corporation in Champaign and a Commercial Loan Officer at a Bank in his hometown of Rantoul, Illinois. Mr. Hamilton also served a term as Village Trustee on the Rantoul Village Board. Mr. Hamilton’s government experience includes serving the Illinois House of Representatives as a Legislative Intern on the staff of House of Representatives Minority Leader and a Congressional Fellowship on the staff of then Congressman Edward R. Madigan.
Mr. Hamilton is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL and also has a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science at the University. Mr. Hamilton was an instructor in the Commercial Lending School with the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. He is certified from the National Development Council in Economic Development Financing, Real Estate Financing, Business Credit Analysis and Advanced Deal Structuring.
Andrew Hamilton, Opportunity Alliance, LLC – Park Ridge – 1032 South Vine Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068, Tel: 866-325-7525, Fax: 866-325-7569, Email: email@example.com.