Economic Development

The Economic Development Practice Team successfully guides U.S. and foreign businesses, developers, development authorities, and state and local governments through the processes critical to the location and development of new facilities, and the expansion of existing facilities.  Our attorneys are especially adept in negotiating incentives related to facility location and expansion. 

As we have represented both governmental entities and businesses, we understand how to assist each to achieve their goals. 

For businesses, the Economic Development Practice Team is involved with the entire process of locating or expanding a facility, including:

  • Site selection 
  • Site due diligence and acquisition
  • Financing
  • Negotiation of incentives and grants
  • Tax planning and tax exemptions for the project and infrastructure bond financing
  • Tax abatement bond transactions
  • Environmental and other permits, including air and water permits
  • Utility and power contracts
  • Negotiation with railroads and preparation of related agreements
  • Architectural, engineering and construction contracts
  • Entity formation, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions
  • Immigration, labor and employment practices
  • Employee benefits

The Economic Development Practice Team also works closely with government agencies to assist in business expansion and relocation.  While working with these agencies, our team has assisted both governmental agencies and private businesses with the negotiation and documentation of economic development incentives for clients locating or expanding their business.  These incentives include grants, tax credits, government road funding, low interest loans, infrastructure financing, equipment financing, reimbursement of training costs and workforce development programs.

Public Finance

The Economic Development Practice Team offers a focused public finance expertise, including tax increment financing for infrastructure, infrastructure development districts, and tax-exempt financing for so-called “exempt facilities,” as well as sophisticated financings for real estate and economic development.  We represent lenders, school districts, issuers and other public sector clients.  Our knowledge and experience in state and local government law gives us the insight to help companies work with public entities to achieve their goals effectively and efficiently.

Our attorneys are at the forefront of current developments in the structuring of both tax-exempt and taxable securities and have experience derived from public finance transactions, including:

  • Governmental Bonds, general obligation and other financings
  • 501 (c)(3) Bonds for non-profit organizations
  • Project Financing, including stadium, housing, energy and parking
  • Exempt Facility Financing for water and waste water treatment and natural SAS distribution
  • Private Activity Bonds for manufacturing facilities

AGG lawyers routinely speak on economic development topics for the Georgia Bar Association, the Fanning Institute, GEDA, and the Atlanta Board of Commercial Realtors.  They are often quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  They have been quoted on economic development topics in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.