Community & Economic Development

We have represented public and private sector clients in economic development projects for more than 50 years. We render legal services related to public-private partnerships (P3), taxable and tax-exempt bonds, urban renewal, brownfield reclamation, tax increment financing, tax abatement, special assessment and special district proceedings, loans and grants, legislative services, structured and project finance, new market and historic tax credits, clean and renewable energy, and other development-related services. Drawing on our combination of deep local experience and global resources, we provide practical and effective advice to both governmental and private participants, including developers, host and other affected jurisdictions, issuers, financial institutions, investors and other participants on all aspects of economic development projects.

What We Can Do for You

  • Overall legal analysis and planning of projects: public and private components, financing sources and options, legal documentation, legislative actions, staging and scheduling
  • Analysis of applicable public body legal powers required and available for the provision of governmental economic incentives
  • Advice and assistance pertaining to legal title, land assembly and environmental issues
  • Advice concerning the structuring of project property rights, including the sale or lease of property for development, lien issues and any public contracting requirements
  • Advice and assistance relating to alternative or special purpose governmental entities, including establishment of and financing by such authorities
  • Negotiation and preparation of development and other agreements with private developers or companies and cooperative agreements with other public sector participants
  • Preparation of local authorizing legislation and any necessary state enabling legislation
  • Assistance with the issuance of tax exempt or taxable obligations, or accessing and government loan and grant programs, to finance public facilities, infrastructure improvements, or some or all of the private development project

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