The municipal bond industry is home to tremendous talent and this year, The Bond Buyer will for the first time showcase the brightest young minds in this industry with a new program we're calling Rising Stars.

The goal of the program: to identify municipal finance professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership skills, are excellent collaborators, have displayed innovation and creativity in approaching their jobs, and have made positive contributions to the community. In short, the best and brightest of this industry's next generation.

To do that, we need your help. If you have a colleague or employee that fits the bill, please tell us about them by filling out this application. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts consisting of senior leadership from The Bond Buyer and a diverse set of members of the muni finance community.

We will announce The Bond Buyer's 2016 Rising Stars on BondBuyer.com in September. Honorees will also be extended a complimentary pass to our flagship California Public Finance conference, which begins September 20 in Los Angeles, where they will be recognized in front of their peers.

This industry has a dynamic future ahead and we're excited about the opportunity to showcase the people who will shape that new era and introduce them to the broader municipal finance community. Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative and we look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles.

Click here to nominate your Rising Star.

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