Chris Magill is the Economic Development Director for Ice Miller and leads a collaborative team of professionals and attorneys to assist public and private sector clients in achieving growth strategies through economic development consulting.

For corporate clients, Chris provides consulting on capital investment projects and has strategically negotiated and analyzed tax credit, grant and loan-financing solutions for capital investment projects in 16 different states. In addition to his consulting on capital investment projects, Chris delivers economic development compliance strategies, best practice government compliance consulting and compliance report-filing.

For public sector clients, Chris advises local governments in building strategic economic plans and creating sustainable economic development tools at the state, regional, county and municipal levels in an effort to enhance an area’s standard of living.

Chris works closely with Ice Miller’s attorneys in Bond Financing, Broadband, Brownfield & Environmental Remediation, Government Law, Municipal Finance, Real Estate and Tax Law to provide true end-to-end strategies for both public and private sector clients.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, Chris served as the executive director of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (Authority) for the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), a board consisting of the Director of the ODOD and four other members appointed by Ohio’s governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate. As executive director of the Authority, Chris was responsible for managing more than $100 million in business tax credit programs annually including Ohio’s flagship business tax credit programs, the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC), Job Retention Tax Credit (JRTC) and the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC).

Chris has a comprehensive understanding of state and local tax credit programs and was instrumental in transitioning Ohio’s JCTC and JRTC programs through major legislative changes, which included a complete overhaul of both long-standing programs from an individual employee-based system to a payroll-based system. Chris also played an integral role with ODOD’s team in structuring the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and served on ODOD’s Insurance Tax Credit Task Force

Christopher Magill is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
Selected Experience
  • Negotiated over $100 million in tax credit deals for corporate clients over a two-year period
  • Represented corporate clients on site selection & expansion projects in over 20 different states
  • On behalf of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce & Columbus 2020, co-authored the 11-county Columbus Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  • Represented corporate clients on three major Corporate Headquarters expansion projects
  • Restructured complex tax credit deals for two major multi-site Ohio employers to create a centralized incentive solution
  • Streamlined and performed economic incentives compliance reporting for one of Ohio’s largest employers
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