Industries & Practices

Economic Development

Economic Development

    We collaborate with government entities, companies, property owners, and developers to build and implement creative strategies that promote investment, create jobs, and enhance communities.

    Economic development has the power to transform communities. Whether embarking on a signature, multi-million-dollar mixed-use project, siting a new production-oriented facility, or rebuilding a treasured historic business district, businesses and government entities can achieve optimal results using many economic development tools. Our Economic Development team helps communities and businesses flourish, working with them to understand and take advantage of these programs.

    We provide economic development counsel for projects involving:

    • Creative application of public and private financing
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Site selection support
    • State and local permitting
    • Tax incentives
    • Zoning

    We assist clients with the following economic development projects:

    • Creating tax increment financing and special assessment district
    • Assisting companies located in a new market or expanding locally
    • Facilitating cooperative arrangements among political subdivisions and public-private partnerships
    • Providing legal counsel for incentive agreements
    • Establishing and working with communities to maximize community improvement corporations, community reinvestment areas, enterprise zones, joint economic development districts, new community authorities, and port authorities
    • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs and Energy Project Assessment Districts (EPAD)
    • Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) financing for commercial, industrial, and solar facilities
    • Tax Increment Financing districts and programs

    Areas of Focus


    We represent public and private higher education institutions on all aspects of construction projects — from the preparation of contract documents through litigation, when necessary. Our experience includes multiple prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager at risk and design-build delivery models that are now available to public as well as private institutions. 


    Government Relations

    Bricker’s team of lawyer-lobbyists uses firsthand knowledge of election, ethics, lobbying and contracting law to influence issues that directly impact manufacturers. Our longstanding service to companies, associations and coalitions, especially the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, has earned us an effective voice with legislators and regulators. 

    Public Finance

    Bricker & Eckler is recognized by the state and its various political subdivisions, as well as by the underwriting community, as a law firm with a national caliber bond counsel opinion. We excel in both routine and complex financial transactions, including bonds, notes, and certificates of indebtedness issued by government or on behalf of all types of nonprofits.


    Public Sector

    We assist state and local governments with infrastructure finance and negotiations with developers and business owners. The ultimate goal is creating and retaining jobs, supporting innovation, and stabilizing and improving property values. 


    Real Estate

    Bricker & Eckler provides a full range of real estate law services to nonprofit clients. From acquisition, financing and development to investment, leasing and sales, our team assists in all aspects of real estate dealings – and with all the details these transactions entail. Because our real estate attorneys are supported by the firm’s other practice groups, clients also benefit from our tax, construction and financing experience, to name just a few areas with which we typically collaborate. Visit our Real Estate practice.


    Our attorneys help our public sector clients navigate the complexities of ever-changing tax laws. We represent clients in property tax valuation litigation, counsel them on property tax exemption laws and advise them on the tax implications of complex economic development projects. The breadth of our attorneys’ interdisciplinary experience allows us to uniquely address our public sector clients’ needs.