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About Us

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A Proven Record of Economic Growth

Untamed Equity was created to bridge the gap between development projects and the equity needed to complete them. We know two things: 1) Municipalities need economic development, and 2) Developers want to build projects. With those ideas in mind, Untamed Equity was founded.

The idea of an economic development division specializing in monetizing tax incentives (TIF) was born in 2019 within a community bank in Davenport, Iowa. Emily Blaylock was Chief Lending Officer for Northwest Bank & Trust Company from 2016 until 2022.  Along with Joe Slavens, President of Northwest Bank & Trust Company, the idea became a reality and a niche division and product line around TIF lending was put in place. We hired a team of lenders with backgrounds in economic development, and by the end of 2021 the bank had TIF loans in nine states, with over $450 million in economic development projects.

Untamed Equity was unleashed in 2022 as a company specializing fully in tax increment financing. Emily Blaylock, President and Founder of Untamed Equity, leads our team of experts who consult on the feasibility, structure, origination, placement and service of TIF loans for developers throughout the U.S. We partner with trusted investors and financial institutions to hold the loans we originate, while we remain the point of communication for the developer as we service the loan until it is paid off. Together, our mission is to impact economic development by providing a source of gap equity to both developers and municipalities across the country.

Lending Millions Across the US

We’ve helped fund projects in nine states and we’re just getting started.

Our Team

Meet Your Team of Economic Development Experts

The team at Untamed Equity has over 100 combined years of experience in lending and economic development. We know the challenges that face growing communities, and we know how to address them by providing a strategic plan for utilizing incentives available within TIF districts. Our varied backgrounds allow us to approach each project creatively, because we understand the issues from both sides of the table.

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Emily Blaylock

President & Founder

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Corey Martin

Vice President, Loan Origination & Syndications

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Beth Rogers

Servicing Specialist