8TH Annual

Economic Development Incentives Conference

Friday, February 24, 2023
8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Check-in & Breakfast

9:00 A.M. - 9:05 A.M.


9:05 A.M. - 9:50 A.M.

New Frontier of Megaprojects and How States Are Reacting

Panelists discuss the gradual increase in the number of megaprojects across the U.S., provide examples of what state and local communities are doing to attract megaprojects and analyze the impacts such large-scale projects are having on communities.  
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Christopher Chung
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
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Cathleen Flournoy
Missouri Partnership
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Chris Knezevic
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J.P. Nauseef
9:50 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Experienced Private Sector Economic Development Professionals Roundtable: Input for Public Sector Professionals

Using case studies and examples from nearly 100 years of combined experience, four private sector economic development professionals, who collectively have led projects in almost every state, will provide their input on universally applicable principles that will help public sector economic development officials win deals and maintain positive relationships.  These best practices are also good for operating businesses and private sector EDI professionals to understand.
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Jeff Troan
Vista Site Selection
Adria Troyer
Adria Troyer
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Rita Williams
The Kroger Co.
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Scott Ziance
10:30 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.


10:40 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.

Breakout Session:
Affordable Housing Incentives 101

This session will provide a basic overview of affordable housing tax credit structures and the role of tax-exempt bonds. It will also discuss the sources and provide an investor’s insight into the economics from an investor’s viewpoint.
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Aaron Berke
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Kelly Bissinger
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Paul Connolly
R4 Capital
10:40 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.

Breakout Session:
State and Local Tax 101: What Every Economic Development Professional Should Know

State and local tax issues often intersect with economic incentives and real estate development projects.  This session will cover such issues as sales and use tax exemptions, tax credits, property taxes, gross receipt taxes, income tax, purchasing methodologies and valuation.
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David Froling
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Hilary Houston
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Jacinto Nuñez
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Nicholas Ray
11:20 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.


11:30 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.

Breakout Session:
There’s No Place Like Home: Ohio Incentives Program Updates

This session will discuss the programs being offered by JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development, including new and ongoing programs. 
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Sean Byrne
Mike Fraizer (2)
Mike Fraizer
Ohio Department of Development
Matt McColllister (2)
Matt McCollister
One Columbus
11:30 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.

Breakout Session:
Strings Definitely Attached: Increasing Requirements Across the U.S. in Incentives Deals

Presenters will discuss the landscape of increasing incentives requirements and the implications on negotiations as well as compliance, with a particular focus on local incentives requirements layered on top of state statutory requirements.   
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Rob Dorans
Columbus City Council
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David Ebersole
Greater Cleveland Partnership
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Jon Stock
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Sean Vollman
City of Akron
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Elissa Wilson
12:10 P.M. - 12:35 P.M.

Lunch Served

12:35 P.M. - 1:20 P.M.

Site Selection Factors For Automotive Manufacturers & Suppliers

Companies with the best information and processes, with regard to the location of a new facility, will position themselves for success down the road.  This is important for all industries, but especially transitional ones like the automotive sector.  Panelists will discuss what key factors go into the site selection process for automotive manufacturing/suppliers. Examples:
• Information on work force skill levels and labor costs
• Real estate costs
• Available economic development incentives
• Demographic statistics
• Cost of living
• Utility rates, availability and redundancy
• Tax rates, both business and individual
• Infrastructure availability
• Transportation options and access to interstates, rail lines and airports
• Regulatory environment
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Chassen Haynes
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Quentin L. Messer (2)
Quentin L. Messer, Jr.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF)
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Evan Stair
Vista Site Selection
1:25 P.M. - 2:10 P.M.

Breakout Session:
Aerospace Site Selection and Public/Private Partnerships

A panel discussion where economic development officials and industry experts will share industry insights, consider site selection trends in the aerospace industry and the benefits that can come from companies partnering with state and local jurisdictions on these complex projects.
Barry Albrecht (2)
Barry Albrecht
Strategic Location Services LLC
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Matt Samler
Vista Site Selection
Bob Smith (2)
Bob Smith
Alabama Department of Commerce
Jon Vidaurri (2)
Jon Vidaurri
Vidaurri Management Group
1:25 P.M. - 2:10 P.M.

Breakout Session:
Economic Impact 2.0: Sharing the Full Story of your Project and Community

This session covers key topics that include why economic impact analyses are conducted, trends in economic impact analyses, key elements of economic impact storytelling, modeling considerations and sample calculations, that can assist companies and communities in commissioning and/or reviewing economic impact studies.  
Janie Hanna
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Chris Magill
Vista Site Selection


Registration is closed for the 8th Annual Vorys Economic Development Incentives Conference,  please contact Sara Nguyen with questions.


Vorys has hosted its annual Economic Development Incentives Conference since 2016.  Each year, the conference features panel discussions and guest speakers from around the country.  Each of these sessions is focused on trends and best practices regarding economic development incentives for developers, companies and community leaders.  This year, the conference is co-presented by Vista Site Selection, an ancillary business of the Vorys law firm.



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Who Should Attend

The 8th annual Vorys Economic Development Incentives Conference, this year co-presented by Vista Site Selection, is attended by developers, in-house real estate and tax professionals, and community and government leaders from around the country.  The panel discussions are designed to appeal to professionals from across the economic development spectrum.


What Past Attendees Say

  • Excellent conference overall
  • Very impressive speakers
  • Panelists are experts in their field and accomplished
  • Very good range of topics
  • Presentations and discussions were useful and informative
  • Great collection of perspectives and speakers
  • Very informative and timely
  • Handouts are a good reference