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. 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.

Knezevic_Chris _printpilotChris Knezevic
Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Ziance_Scott_printpilotScott Ziance
Partner, 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. 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.

christine-guerci-croppedChristine Guerci
Special Counsel, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Justin-HeatherJustin Heather
General Counsel & Ethics Officer, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
sandi-mcninch-croppedSandi McNinch
General Counsel, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Stock_Jon_printpilotJon Stock
Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
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.