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Bricker & Eckler to lead webinar discussion on solar development in Ohio

Bricker & Eckler Energy attorney Kara Herrnstein will lead a webinar discussion, “Let the Sun Shine in Ohio,” for the Women's Energy Network, Wednesday, April 28, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on the opportunities, incentives, and challenges of utility-scale and self-generated solar development in Ohio. Register here >>
 

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler to present American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 webinar for Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Bricker & Eckler will present a free webinar, "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Impact on Local Governments and Small Businesses," for the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. Many Americans have already begun receiving their “stimmies” - one of the most well-known aspects of the stimulus package. For the lesser known provisions – including large sums to be paid to local governments and small businesses - Bricker attorneys Jeff Harris, Jackie Lewis and Brooke Mangiarelli will provide an overview presentation and take questions from attendees. The webinar is open to Chamber members and non-members alike. Register here >>

Economic Development, Federal Updates, Financial Incentives, Project Finance

Bricker closes Northern Michigan PACE project

Treetops Resort in Otsego County recently closed the first PACE project in Northern Michigan, a transaction over $2.9 million, for a renovation that will include a comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade. Bricker & Eckler, LLP served as counsel to the lender, Inland Green Capital. Barry Owens, Treetops Resort general manager, said the PACE project funding will enable improvements that guests will “not only see — but also feel” and reduce the resort’s carbon footprint. The renovation is expected to save the ski and golf resort over $3.3 million while helping to meet its latest sustainability goals. 

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Project Finance

Bricker launches solar resource center for developers

In response to the solar development boom throughout Ohio and the broader Great Lakes region, Bricker & Eckler has developed a solar resource center, designed specifically for developers trying to understand the processes, challenges and opportunities related to solar development in the region. The resource center contains Bricker-produced whitepapers, articles, webinars and an interactive map highlighting the firm's representation of power generating facilities (via an Ohio Power Siting Board page). To meet the team of attorneys able to advise you on a full range of solar matters, visit the solar resource center.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler attorneys to present as part of March 25 Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation Seminar

Six Bricker & Eckler attorneys will be featured as part of HalfMoon Education's live, interactive webinar, "Issues in Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," Thursday, March 25. Devin Parram and Elyse Akhbari will present "Ohio Power Siting Board" (overview, rulemaking, growth in utility scale solar), while Dylan Borchers and Colin Kalvas will present "Distributed Solar" (overview of options for self-generation, how to achieve green energy, resiliency and financing goals, and PACE financing), and Christy Rideout Schirra, Akhbari, and Chris Furey will lead a discussion on "Utility Scale Solar Projects: Environmental and Real Estate Considerations" (environmental due diligence and permiting considerations, and developing brownfields for solar projects). For more information, visit the registration page.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler, with national and state partners, to host PACE market update webinar

Bricker & Eckler, along with national and state partners, will host a webinar Tuesday, January 12, 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST, to recap significant PACE industry developments from 2020 and preview what’s on the horizon for 2021. The webinar will focus on the Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania markets. Special guest Colin Bishopp, Executive Director of PACENation, will share a national perspective of the PACE landscape. More information >>

Energy Efficiency, Federal Updates, Financial Incentives, Project Finance, State Updates

Webinar: Revitalize Blighted Properties With Land Banks

Bricker & Eckler attorneys Jeff Harris and Ty Compton, and Cuyahoga Land Bank President and General Counsel, Gus Frangos, will present a webinar, Thursday, November 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST. Designed to inform developers how to drive stabilization, revitalization and economic growth in communities, this webinar will feature best practices for land bank programs.

Land banks are proven tools to remove blighted structures and acquire problem properties in post-industrial legacy cities and neighborhoods across the U.S. The process of land banking – whereby quasi-governmental entities acquire and manage properties that are tax delinquent and unoccupied, striving to return them to the open market – is getting a closer look as a possible response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This presentation will review the national land bank movement and undertake a critical assessment of the Ohio land banking model.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, Project Finance

Webinar: Developing Property for Economic Growth

Bricker & Eckler attorneys, with special guest Thomas Winston, President & CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, will be presenting a free economic development webinar from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on September 9, 2020.  The virtual event will walk you through the process of developing public or privately-owned properties and facilities, including:
  • Real estate: Acquisition, options for ownership structures, rezoning, preparation for development and revitalization
  • Economic development: Creative tools available to assist with the project and ensure its long-term success, including tax increment financing and energy efficiency financing
  • Bond financing: Considerations for funding the project
  • Construction: Best practices for thorny issues
For more information or to register, please click here
Economic Development

Refinancing will net JobsOhio additional $81M to be invested in economic development

Bricker & Eckler LLP served as underwriter’s counsel for a refinancing transaction recently completed to assist JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development group. The Dayton Business Journal reports that JobsOhio announced “a new financing solution that will generate nearly $81 million in savings over the next 18 years, helping fuel additional investment” in Ohio’s economy. JobsOhio is funded through “revenue from the Beverage System,” which it acquired in 2013. Recently, CFO Brian Faust led a team that “made a case to credit rating agencies for an upgrade” based on a notable uptick in profits and operational successes, according to the article. In response, Moody’s “affirmed the current rating of Aa3 with stable outlook” and Standard & Poor’s announced a ratings upgrade to AA+. JobsOhio then closed on Series 2020A bonds with “an all-in interest cost well below 3 percent.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, State Updates