Florida Education Finance

Committed to building brighter futures in the place we call home.

Our Public Finance platform makes Florida schools a priority – a focus that has created powerful results for schools and students and for our firm. Since 2017, Raymond James has ranked first as senior managing underwriter for Florida school district issues, with 19 senior managed issues totaling over $1.35 billion.* In addition, over this same period, Raymond James Capital Funding, Inc., (a non-bank subsidiary of Raymond James Bank) has served as lender on three Florida school district issues totaling approximately $200 million. The firm consistently ranks among the top three co-managers for Florida school district issues, participating as co-manager on 23 transactions for a total par amount of over $1.7 billion since 2017.**

Unlike other public finance investment banking firms working throughout the state, Raymond James is headquartered here, making us uniquely qualified and committed to serving local Florida issuers. Our platform enjoys a powerful distribution network and the largest underwriting desks in the Southeast, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.


*Source: Refinitiv, based on total par amount as of June 2023
**Source: Refinitiv, based on total number of transactions as of June 2023

Full-service Capabilities

  • Underwriting
    • Master Lease Certificates of Participation
    • Sales Tax Revenue Bonds
    • Racetrack Revenue Bonds
    • General Obligation Bonds
    • Revenue Anticipation Notes
    • Tax Anticipation Notes
    • Commercial Paper
  • Private Placements
  • Bank Loans through Raymond James Capital Funding
  • Rating Agency Strategy
  • Financing Capacity Projections
  • Debt Portfolio Analysis
  • Investment of Proceeds Advisory
  • Derivatives Advisory
  • USDA Financing

Funding schools. Inspiring students.


Rick Patterson
Managing Director
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Jon Eichelberger
Managing Director
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Glenn Gough
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Ryan Aravind
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