Taylor Smith




Taylor Smith, President and founder of Project Finance & Development Investments LLC ("PFDI"), specializes in the financial engineering, development and financing of diverse public and private sector projects throughout Florida and the United States.

Since 1998, Smith, through PFDI and other affiliated companies, has financed and developed charter schools, school concurrency projects, public roads, residential developments, mixed-use projects, parking garages, tax-exempt housing, government facilities and stand along daycare. The projects, many of which included tax-exempt financings, total over $1Billion. PFDI development projects have involved the creation of complex ownership structures with multiple public and private stakeholders including corporations, municipalities, county governments, school districts, state agencies and not-for-profit institutions. PFDI coordinated the establishment of all of the Florida Educational Facilities Benefit Districts in Florida.

Taylor Smith was appointed to the State of Florida’s founding Charter School Review Panel as well as the Florida Greenways Commission. Smith is a Governor's appointed Board Member of the Florida Development Finance Corporation and is a Trustee of Doral College, Miami, Florida. Smith also serves as a Director and Treasurer of Building Faith, a Florida non profit real estate holding company that currently owns over $250million in Florida charter school facilities.

Taylor Smith is a Florida native. After graduating from Spruce Creek High School in Volusia County, Smith attended Princeton University and conducted graduate studies as a Fulbright Scholar and a Harry S. Truman Scholar at the Australian National University. Since 1992, Smith has spent his entire career based out of Florida. Smith is an active volunteer leader and teacher in his Jacksonville community and also enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathi and two children, Taylor Jr. and Virginia.

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