Economic Development & Redevelopment

Public Entity and Private Developer Services

Acquisition / Land Use • Public Finance and TIF • Environmental Concerns

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered is among Minnesota's preeminent firms in economic development and redevelopment matters. Our firm has negotiated or drafted hundreds of agreements for public entities and private developers statewide and throughout the Midwest. Decades of experience enables us to provide counsel and coordination on any project, no matter how large or small, no matter how complex.

Our firm's focus on local government law dates back to 1958, and we count many longstanding clients throughout the Metro area and outstate Minnesota. Our attorneys have had extensive and continuous involvement in development law for over twenty years. We can provide general counsel or special finance counsel to:

  • Housing and redevelopment authorities
  • Economic development authorities
  • Port authorities
  • City councils, town boards, or county boards
  • Industrial park boards
  • Private developers or investment groups

Economic Development and Redevelopment Services

Our firm has a particular strength in the area of tax increment financing, having served as development or bond counsel in hundreds of public finance transactions involving bonds, notes, and related contracts. We assist in every aspect of the tax increment financing process, including creating the TIF financing district, structuring the deal (drafting the development plans and negotiating contracts), and serving as bond counsel for revenue or general obligation bonds.

Our firm also is involved in legislative matters affecting economic development. Our knowledgeable lawyers consult regularly with legislative leaders and key interest groups, serve on legislative committees, and advise on the drafting of bills. We have helped many clients obtain special legislation to address their unique needs or problems.

We handle the entire development and redevelopment process, including matters such as:

Land matters: acquisition, conveyancing, and leasing, including condemnation where necessary, and rezoning for commercial, residential, or industrial use

Environmental matters: remediation of polluted sites and brownfields development; addressing wetlands mitigation and other concerns raised in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Public improvements: negotiation and drafting of contracts; financing through special tax assessments or bonds; project bidding

As bond counsel and special counsel, we assist in all types of financing necessary to carry out development and redevelopment programs, including:

  • Tax increment bonds
  • Improvement bonds
  • Industrial development revenue bonds
  • Qualified 501(c)(3) bonds
  • Loans
  • Property tax abatements

At Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, we are committed to promoting the economic prosperity of communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and neighboring states. To address the legal issues in your economic development or redevelopment project, contact our Minneapolis office at 612-337-9300 or contact our development law attorneys directly:

Ronald H. Batty
Jenny Boulton
Julie Eddington
Shareholder & Former President
Gina Fiorini
Martha N. Ingram
Scott J. Riggs
Sarah J. Sonsalla