Industries & Practices
We establish a collaborative environment among Ohio communities and private commerce to foster job creation and quality growth.
Using the economic development tools that best suit our clients’ goals, we structure projects and layer programs, connecting government entities and private developers with available financial resources. Our team assists both public and private sector entities, offering cutting-edge financial, regulatory and other consultative solutions.
We provide economic development counsel in these areas:
- Creative application of public and private financing
- Tax incentives, loan, and grant programs
- Economic development consulting and contract services
- Housing development strategies and tools
- Site development structuring
- Downtown revitalization tools
- Regulatory compliance
- Site selection support
- State and local permitting
Specific projects include:
- Creating tax increment financing and special assessment districts
- Creating and managing Ohio’s PACE programs and assisting private property owners to obtain PACE financing for energy efficiency and alternative energy improvements
- Facilitating cooperative development arrangements among political subdivisions and public-private partnerships
- Establishing and working with communities and businesses to leverage community improvement corporations, community reinvestment areas, enterprise zones, joint economic development districts, new community authorities, and port authorities
- Guiding companies in their quest for new facility locations, workforce acquisition, incentive negotiation, and permit acquisition
Advise public entities on spending ARPA funds
The firm currently advises approximately three dozen public entity clients across Ohio. We often take calls from around the country based on our regularly published articles detailing whether and h...More
Proposed Honda-LG Energy Solution $3.5 billion bat...
Represented Fayette County, the Jefferson Township - Washington Court House Joint Economic Development District, and the West Central Ohio Port Authority in various aspects of the proposed Honda-LG...More
First greenfield project in the United States
Represented an international paper products manufacturer in connection with the establishment of the first greenfield project in the United States. This Project involved the creation of a public-pr...More
Financings and refinancings for institutions of hi...
Serve as bond counsel and issuer counsel to community colleges, public and private institutions and universities across Ohio seeking to take advantage of the low-interest rate environment in order ...More
Bond counsel for Ohio community college for culina...
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college in connection with the tax-exempt financing of their new, cutting-edge culinary arts center.More
Community college $300 million voted bond issue
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college for its first issue of general obligation bonds approved by the Ohio county voters in a $300 million voted bond issue dedicated to financing a ph...More
Conversion of a former munitions factory
Served as counsel to a port authority for a capital lease transaction, providing a sales tax exemption to the developer and property owner. The transaction enables the conversion of a former m...More
Ohio’s largest PACE transaction
Served as counsel on a $16.3 million refinancing of a construction loan that involved significant PACE financing. The project funds eligible upgrades to a hotel near The Ohio State University campu...More
Cleveland-area solar farm development
Represented Cuyahoga County in closing a $10 million financing transaction for the development of a solar farm on former landfill property near Cleveland. The solar farm covers 17 acres and co...More
$1.6 billion development in Warren County
Served as special counsel to a township in connection with a 1,230-acre, $1.6 billion mixed-use development in southwest Ohio. The transaction involved negotiating and structuring a tax increment f...More
Areas of Focus
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.More
State Tax Counsel
We assist companies in navigating the tax implications that affect their operations. Sales and use taxes, the commercial activity tax (CAT) and the pass-through entity tax, including best practices for compliance, are just a few of the tax matters on which we focus.More
Energy Finance & PACE
Participating in the issuance of Ohio’s first property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds, our firm is a national leader in the area of energy project finance. We help public entities use funding opportunities to update existing office buildings or warehouses or to acquire an alternative energy source, like solar panels or wind turbines, without impacting certain local debt limitations. We have facilitated over $500 million of PACE transactions for over 200 PACE projects. Visit our PACE Financing Resource Center >>
Private Sector – Developers
Collaborating with our firm’s national real estate practice, we work closely with developers. As a strategic partner, we identify options to close gaps in the capital stack in order to facilitate important development and redevelopment projects.
Private Sector – Business Owners
Supporting entrepreneurial growth, we work with companies to identify and negotiate federal, state and local incentives. We use our comprehensive knowledge of available programs to help businesses both grow and retain jobs – and improve their bottom lines.
Economic Development Compliance
Our attorneys guide incentive recipients from start to finish. We begin with negotiation of award requirements, and partner with incentive recipients until all award requirements have been satisfied. For businesses with existing awards, we provide advice regarding outstanding requirements, either in connection with ongoing reporting obligations or in response to any investigation or enforcement actions by the award provider.
Take that, federal Sixth Circuit! Ohio Supremes reject “takings” claims against county tax foreclosuresMore
Senate Bill 33 changes to Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax incentives cut red tape for projects, expand opportunities to limited home rule townshipsMore
Mike Jacoby Joins Bricker Graydon to Drive Economic Growth and Innovation
Bricker Graydon is pleased to announce the latest addition to the firm’s economic development team, Mike Jacoby, a seasoned economic development professional with over 25 years of experience. Mike joins Bricker Graydon as a consultant to leverage his extensive experience and understanding of economic dynamics at both private and public levels.More Aug 31, 2023
Bricker Graydon Attorneys Recognized for 2024 “Best Lawyers” Excellence
A total of 68 attorneys were chosen by their peers for recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This year’s ranking includes six newly-listed Bricker Graydon attorneys and 10 attorneys designated as “Ones to Watch,” a category for up-and-coming lawyers. And five attorneys have been named 2024 “Lawyers of the Year” for their respective practice areas. Only one attorney in each category is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in each market.More Aug 17, 2023
Caleb Bell Quoted in ColumbusCEO Article
Caleb Bell, Partner and Public Finance Practice Group Chair at Bricker Graydon, was recently featured in an article by ColumbusCEO titled "Columbus Law Firms Have Found a Niche Advising Businesses on Economic Development.” The article discusses the two new computer chip factories that will be constructed near New Albany by 2025 and features insight from local attorneys who specialize in economic development and played a key role in making the announcement possible.More Jul 3, 2023
Bricker Graydon to represent Harveysburg Free Black School
Bricker Graydon, in partnership with the Warren County Foundation and Springboro non-profit Parents Empowering All Children of Color (PEACOC), is pleased to announce its new legal representation of the Harveysburg, Ohio Historical Society as it relates to the Harveysburg Free Black School.More May 3, 2023
Chris Jones and Christina Cross to present at Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Event
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance will host an Economic Development breakfast event on Friday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Kenton Elks, located at 157 East Franklin Street, Kenton, OH.More Apr 13, 2023