Colin J. Kalvas

Colin Kalvas is a public finance and economic development attorney. He serves an array of clients including political subdivisions, financial institutions, private developers and special purpose districts such as special improvement districts and new community authorities. Colin has experience serving these types of clients in a variety of roles, specifically including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel, development counsel and general counsel.

Colin’s experience with economic development tools, like tax increment financing (TIF), special assessments, community redevelopment area (CRA) abatements and new community authorities, is diverse.

He has also been at the forefront of developing property assessed clean energy financing (PACE) in Ohio. His efforts in PACE include serving as counsel to energy special improvement districts throughout the state, serving as counsel to PACE administrators, and serving as bond counsel and lender’s counsel to Ohio port authorities and other financial institutions that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE. Colin is well known within the PACE community, and he has both attended and spoken at national PACE conferences.

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Economic Development: Responsible Growth in Your Community," Ohio Township Association Law Directors' Group, August 2018
  • Presenter, “Financing Strategies to Support Manufacturing Facilities,” CDFA National Development Finance Summit, November 2017
  • Presenter, "Advanced Economic Development," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Annual Conference, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Economic Development Fundamentals," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Annual Conference, September 2017
  • Speaker, “Being an Effective Economic Development Negotiator,” Ohio Township Association (OTA) Networking Forum, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Overland Industrial Park: The Past, Present and Future,” Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Brownfields Financing Webinar Series, Reviving Economic Activity on Former Manufacturing Sites, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Legal Issues in PACE Financing,” Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), National Intro PACE Finance Course, October 2016
  • Presenter, “Economic Development Fundamentals,” Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Annual Conference, September 2016

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers


  • The Ohio State University (J.D., summa cum laude, 2014); Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • The Ohio State University, (B.A., magna cum laude, 2011)
Mountain Man
Mountain Man

Colin enjoys travelling, especially when travelling includes hiking. Here he is in the Alps near Wengen, Switzerland.

Puppy Love
Puppy Love

Colin’s yellow lab, Betty, as a puppy.

Running Man
Running Man

Here’s Colin about to cross the finish line of the 2010 Columbus Marathon. He still runs, but not this much.