The Bond Buyer's editors today announced the finalists for its seventh annual Deal of the Year Awards, recognizing some of the country's most innovative municipal bond issuers for transactions that financed projects including affordable housing, highways, schools, property tax relief, flood control, street improvements, and an airport.

The 2008 awards, which considered deals that closed between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008, drew more than 60 nominations for transactions ranging in size from several billion dollars to just a few million.

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