The Arizona Department of Commerce last week awarded authorizations lottery-style for $29.7 million of federal recovery zone facility bonds to three private-activity projects after local governments in the state could not find qualified recipients for the tax-exempt economic stimulus bonds.

The authorizations included $17.7 million of the bonds for a cement plant north of Prescott, $6 million for a dairy near Gila Bend, and a $6 million for a paint plant in south Phoenix.

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