Vorys Economic Development Incentives Conference

  • Fri, February 22, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Renaissance Columbus Downtown, 50 N. 3rd St.


The 2019 conference agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Introduction
9:05 – 9:50 a.m. Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone Transactions
  A principal of a national investment and advisory firm focused on value creation using tax credit investment programs, a Vorys federal tax lawyer, and a Vorys real estate lawyer will discuss federal qualified opportunity zone transaction requirements, including recent Treasury guidance, and the economics of qualified opportunity zone transactions.
Bissinger_Kelly_printpilotKelly Bissinger
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Avi-FechterAvi Fechter
Managing Director, EquityPlus LLC
Mann_JosephJoseph Mann
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
9:50 – 10:30 a.m. Sunshine Law Best Practices
  The speakers will discuss public records and open meetings laws and provide insight into best practices from their unique perspectives: a state development agency chief counsel, a public relations professional/former state agency spokesperson, and outside legal counsel to businesses.
S. ByrneSean Byrne
Chief Legal Counsel, Ohio Development Services Agency
House_Jen_printpilotJen House
Communications Manager, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Smith_ElizabethElizabeth Smith
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break

Breakout Sessions

10:40 – 11:25 a.m. Winning Big Projects in a Medium-Sized Community
  The speakers – all experienced economic development professionals from small-to-medium sized Ohio communities – will describe how they have helped their communities secure large economic development projects and will share their wisdom with both public sector and private sector attendees.
Berke_printpilotAaron Berke
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Jennifer-chrysler-croppedJennifer Chrysler
Director of Community Development, City of New Albany, Ohio
D. Evers-Headshot-1-croppedDan Evers
Executive Director, Clinton County Port Authority
Gregory-Myers-PictureGreg Myers
Executive Director, Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council
10:40 – 11:25 a.m. Development Agency Counsel Roundtable
  The speakers – two attorneys to state development agencies and a former chief counsel to the Ohio Development Services Agency – will share their perspectives on negotiating incentives agreements.
christine-guerci-croppedChristine Guerci
Special Counsel, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development
sandi-mcninch-croppedSandi McNinch
General Counsel, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Stock_Jon_printpilotJon Stock
Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
11:25 – 11:30 a.m. Break

Breakout Sessions

11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Corporate Headquarters Site Selection and Incentives
  The speakers will discuss a recent corporate headquarters site-selection and incentives negotiation process from the beginning through project completion and incentives claiming/compliance. The speakers are an in-house tax/incentives professional who helped to lead the project, the Lucas County Economic Development Director, and the Vorys attorney who helped to lead the project.
M. Casiere-Headshot-croppedMegan Vahey Casiere
Chief of Planning & Development, Board of Lucas County Commissioners
D.-Dembowski-Headshot-croppedDan Dembowski
Tax Manager, The Andersons, Inc. 
Ziance_Scott_printpilotScott Ziance
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. The Lay of the Land – Economic Development Incentives and Real Estate
  Vorys real estate partners experienced in real estate development and economic development incentives will discuss the most common non-tax/non-public finance issues arising in connection with projects receiving incentives. Among other things, they will address land-use issues, the impacts of using public funds, and working with other private sector stakeholders, such as lenders.
Nunez_Jacinto_printpilotJacinto Núñez
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Smith_Ted_printpilotTed Smith
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Tangeman_J_printpilotJill Tangeman
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Full Session

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. State Development Entity Transitions
  Stay tuned for details regarding this portion of the agenda.
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Changing Perspectives from Incentives Career Changes
  The speakers will discuss how changing careers, employers, or both has provided them with insights that make them better economic development professionals.
Hetal-Bhakta-Picture-croppedHetal Bhakta
Corporate Insurance and Regulatory Compliance Manager, James Hardie Building Products Inc.
C-Chung-croppedChristopher Chung
Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Knezevic_Chris _printpilotChris Knezevic
Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
K.-Saunders-Headshot-croppedKelli Saunders
Sr. Director Incentives & Site Selection, DHL Supply Chain
Rita-Williams-PictureRita Williams
Director of Economic Development, The Kroger Co.

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