Price D. Finley
Price Finley has been practicing law at Bricker & Eckler for over 30 years, all of those focused on public finance. Price has experience in all areas of public finance, including local government, economic development finance, port authority financings, and other structured and project financings. He has substantial experience in the use of various economic development tools, including frequent use of tax increment finance (TIF). Price has also created and served as counsel for Ohio’s new community authority financings (also known as community development authorities or CDA). In addition, Price’s practice includes assisting local governments and developers in negotiating and documenting development agreements for infrastructure finance and tax incentive arrangements, including community reinvestment areas (CRA), enterprise zones (EZ), and job creation tax credits (JCTC). Price has also created joint economic development districts and zones (JEDD), special improvement districts (SIDs), and he has represented port authorities across Ohio.
Honda-LG Energy Solution $3.5 billion battery plant (under construction in Fayette County, Ohio)
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 Honda-LG Energy Solution $3.5 billion battery plant joint venture under construction in northwest Fayette County. This work included negotiation of a development agreement, implementation of tax increment financing, use of a joint economic development district to support the project, and negotiation and documentation of direct incentives including property tax exemptions and sales and use tax exemptions with respect to building materials for the proposed plant.
Economic development counsel for large scale mixed-use development
Assisted developer of mixed-use project in Dublin, Ohio known as “Bridge Park.” The work included the negotiation of incentives, including a tax increment (TIF) arrangement and community reinvestment (CRA) tax abatement, along with the formation of a new community authority (NCA), all for the purpose of facilitating the development of the project and the financing of core infrastructure improvements, including structured parking and an events center. Also served as bond counsel for multiple series of infrastructure and capital lease bonds issued by the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority.
TIF counsel for Northeast Ohio redevelopment
Served as special counsel to Orange Village for the implementation of a tax increment financing (TIF) program to facilitate a mixed-use development known as Pinecrest, including an approximately 1,000-space parking garage.
Port counsel for tax-advantaged capital lease financing of a senior living facility
Served as counsel to the Belmont County Port Authority in connection with a capital lease financing for a senior living facility located in St. Clairsville, Ohio in order to provide a sales tax incentive for the acquisition of building materials for the project.
TIF negotiation and documentation
Served as counsel to numerous local government entities across Ohio in negotiation of tax increment financing (TIF) arrangements for commercial developments of all types and sizes.
Redevelopment financing for Goodyear Hall in Akron
Assisted IRG Rubber City, LLC in negotiating a TIF structure with the City of Akron. Then implemented bond financing through Summit County’s Development Finance Authority Jobs & Investment Fund, leveraging the TIF to fund partial redevelopment costs of 1.7 million square feet of historic space into multiple uses.
Bond counsel on non-tax revenue bonds
Served as bond counsel to a city on revenue bonds supported primarily by TIF revenues.
Economic incentives for commercial projects
Facilitated economic incentives and new construction financings for commercial projects through several of Ohio’s port authorities, including exemptions from sales taxes for portions of the construction.
Grandview Yard redevelopment
Served as counsel to a real estate developer for redevelopment of industrial property in Grandview Heights. Devised a unique public finance approach to funding $120 million infrastructure needs with scarce public resources and negotiated with Grandview Heights to utilize Ohio's TIF and community reinvestment area laws to implement an alternative tax structure for Grandview Yard.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, Council of Development Finance Agencies (Board of Directors and Executive Committee)
- Chair, Council of Development Finance Agencies Ohio Financing Roundtable
- Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Member, Ohio Economic Development Association
- District Governor, Rotary District 6690, 2022-2023
- Member, The Rotary Club of Upper Arlington (Club President 2013-14)
- Chair, District Rotary Foundation Committee, District 6690, 2016-2020
- Member, First Community Church
Presentations & Published Works
- Speaker, “ROI and Gap Analysis for Economic Development,” Ohio Economic Development Institute, Columbus, Ohio, March 2021
- Speaker, "Redevelopment Projects Challenged Through COVID-19 and How They Have Survived," Council of Development Finance Agencies Virtual National Summit, November 2020
- Speaker, "Targeted Tools – TIF and Special Assessments," Council of Development Finance Agencies Virtual Summer School, August 2020
- Speaker, "New Community Authorities," Council of Development Finance Agencies and Ohio Council of Port Authorities, July 2020
- Speaker, "Tax Increment Financing, JEDDs, and Other Economic Development Tools in Ohio," Ohio Economic Development Institute - Economic Development Finance and Incentives Course, May 2020
- Speaker, "TIF Financing Variations," Council of Development Finance Agencies Intro Tax Increment Finance Course, May 2020
- Speaker, "Dos and Don’ts for Municipalities Using CARES Act Funds," Ohio Municipal League / Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association Webinar, June 2020
- Speaker, "Economic Development Incentives," County Commissioners Association of Ohio Webinar, February 2020
- Speaker, "TIF and the Project's Capital Stack," Council of Development Finance Agencies Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course (Tampa, FL), November 2019
- Speaker, "Capital Planning: A Story of Debt, Uncertainties and the Importance of Fiscal Policies," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association 2019 Conference (Columbus, OH), September 2019
- Speaker, "Tax Increment Financing in Ohio," Ohio Economic Development Institute Economic Development Finance and Incentives (Dublin, OH), June 2019
- Speaker, “The Role of Bond Counsel,” Ohio Government Finance Officers Association 2018 Debt Seminar (Dublin, OH), July 2018
- Speaker, "Is Your Economic Development Toolkit Current and Competitive?," The Columbus Region Economic Development 411 (Columbus, OH), December 2017
- Presenter, “TIF and Capital Markets,” Council of Development Finance Agencies National Development Finance Summit (Atlanta, GA), November 2017
- Speaker, "Economic Development," Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association Municipal Law Institute (Columbus, OH), September 2016
- Speaker, "Fundamentals of Debt," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference (Cincinnati, OH), September 2015
Awards & Recognition
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Public Finance Law), 2016–2023
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Development Finance Agencies, 2023
- Upper Arlington Rotary, Service Above Self, Award, 2016–2017
- The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, 2016–2017
- Council of Development Finance Agencies Ohio Financing Roundtable Excellence Award: Leadership, 2014
- Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
- The Ohio State University (J.D., 1990)
- The Ohio State University (M.B.A., 1989, emphasis in Finance)
- Capital University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1986)
Price Finley Receives CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award
Partner Price Finley has received the prestigious 2023 Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Price Finley has been practicing law at Bricker Graydon LLP for over 30 years, specializing in public finance. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of public finance, including local government, economic development finance, port authority financings, and other structured and project financings.More Nov 9, 2023
ColumbusCEO Magazine Reveals Top Lawyers of 2023, Noting 22 Bricker Graydon Attorneys
Services to compile a comprehensive list of Top Lawyers who are highly recommended by their peers in the industry. The 2023 list features over 750 individual listings of attorneys who were nominated by local lawyers via a survey of Central Ohio attorney peers.More Oct 26, 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
Bricker Listed Among Top Bond Counsel As Ohio Leads Midwest in Bond Volume
Bricker & Eckler was listed among the top Midwestern bond counsel firms that helped bond issuers sell $71.5 billion of municipal bonds in 2019, a 19% year-over-year increase, according to a February 25, 2020, article by the Bond Buyer.More Feb 27, 2020
Bricker Public Finance team assists Columbus on $188 million refunding
The City of Columbus recently went to market with $188 million of general obligation refunding bonds. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used to defease debt previously issued by the City for various municipal purposes. Bricker Public Finance attorneys Price Finley and Jackie Lewis are assisting the City as bond counsel on the refunding that was featured in the Bond Buyer.More Nov 9, 2017
Bricker & Eckler attorneys earn Best Lawyers 2017 recognition
A total of 66 attorneys from Bricker & Eckler LLP, representing 47.5 percent of the firm’s lawyers, were chosen by their peers for recognition in this year’s edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).More Aug 15, 2016
Bricker & Eckler creates Local Government Task Force, Online resource center
Bricker & Eckler LLP has established an online Local Government Reform resource center to assist Ohio’s counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, libraries and other public entities in navigating their options in the face of proposed local government reforms.More Mar 14, 2011