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Economic Development

Public Law

Walter Haverfield’s public law attorneys are committed to assisting business owners, developers, local government entities, and in-house economic development practitioners, helping them to navigate the ever-changing landscape of economic development in Ohio. Our multidisciplinary approach leverages experience from across our groups, including real estate, tax, environmental, government relations, and construction to provide experienced, full-service counsel.

Practice Group Leader

William R. Hanna, Partner

Bill focuses his practice on labor and  employment law and litigation. His local government practice involves a broad range of legal issues that regularly confront local government bodies, including public records, open meetings, public employment matters, zoning, economic development, and public entity contracting to public right of way (PROW) management issues.

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Our Economic Development Difference

Economic development is an ever-changing industry, and the Constitution of the State of Ohio has overhauled economic development issues numerous times in recent years. From helping businesses and communities draft and respond to requests for proposals, to site selection, as well as groundbreaking, we remain informed of the most up-to-date economic development laws impacting our clients.

Our broad range of experience includes public finance, incentives, site acquisition, adequate utilities to sites, project construction, off-site improvements, equipment acquisition, and effective collaboration with local and state agencies. We help ensure compliance by all parties—public and private—by staying abreast of legislative changes and providing counsel to help maximize development while minimizing risk.

Issues we address include:

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
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Experience

  • Negotiating development agreements
  • Negotiating tax abatement agreements
  • Negotiating Community Reinvestment Act Area agreements
  • Negotiating tax incremental financing (TIF) agreements
  • Negotiating Joint Economic Development District agreements
  • Preparing conservation easements and related tax issues
  • Preparing building facade easements and related tax issues
  • Site assembly
  • Assessment projects
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Use of eminent domain for public purposes
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