|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.
|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.
|10:30 – 10:40 a.m.||Break|
|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.
|10:40 – 11:25 a.m.||Top 10 TIF Misconceptions|
|Communities and businesses regularly miss opportunities to fully utilize tax increment financing because of various misconceptions. We’ll address common misconceptions and give valuable tips on how to utilize TIF most effectively.
|11:25 – 11:30 a.m.||Break|
|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.
|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.
|12:15 – 12:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:30 – 1:15 p.m.||Development Agency Counsel Roundtable|
|The speakers – three attorneys to state development agencies and a former chief counsel to the Ohio Development Services Agency – will share their perspectives on negotiating incentives agreements.
|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.