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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.

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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 20 different states. In addition to his consulting on capital investment projects, Chris delivers economic incentive compliance strategies and filing of economic incentive compliance reports.
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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, including project return-on-investment tools, economic impact analysis and structuring of new incentive programs to enable growth.

Chris works closely with Ice Miller attorneys in a number of practices, including, the Internet of Things, Public and Private Partnerships, 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 Development Service Agency (DSA), a board consisting of the Director of DSA 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 DSA’s team in structuring the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and served on DSA’s Insurance Tax Credit Task Force.

Christopher Magill is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • The Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) was recognized as one of eleven “Smart 50 Award” winners for 2020 for its Gateway Fiber Project. This award is given in partnership by Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite to recognize and honor the 50 most transformative, innovative and influential “Smart City” projects from several countries around the globe. In addition to our MVCC representation, each of its member cities (Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton, Ohio) are, or previously have been, clients of the Firm.
Selected Experience
  • Site Selection and Economic Incentives
    • Negotiated over $400 million in economic development incentives
    • Represented clients in site selection projects in over 25 U.S. states
    • Managed multi-state site decisions for headquarters projects ranging in size from $200,000 to $200 million in capital investment
    • Negotiated research and development incentives for projects in financial technology, agribusiness, robotics, logistics and manufacturing
    • Managed legislative and policy changes for a number of site selection tax credits, grants and loan programs at the state and local levels
    • Negotiated economic incentives for large capital investment and job retention projects
    • Performed community assessments on behalf of five industrial site selectors
  • Tax Credit, Loan and Grant Compliance
    • Filed annual tax credit and grant compliance reports for five Fortune 500 companies
    • Renegotiated and streamlined tax credit agreements for businesses realizing state and local tax credits
    • Facilitated non-compliance discussions with state and local incentives administrators
    • Created economic incentives compliance abstracts and strategies for companies with complex operations​
  • Mixed Use and Developer Incentives
    • Led economic incentive negotiations mixing historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, tax increment financing, state and local grants and special taxing districts
    • Negotiated tax abatements and tax increment financing for affordable housing and market rate housing projects
    • Secured state and local grant funding for projects in distressed and rural communities
  • Economic Impact and Existing Conditions Analysis
    • Conducted state-level economic impact studies for two emerging industries
    • Conducted economic impact studies for mixed-use, office and housing developments at the local and state level
    • Conducted economic impact studies on behalf of office and industrial users
    • Summarized existing economic conditions for communities and neighborhoods using publicly available and subscribed federal, state and local data sources
  • Economic Development Planning
    • Co-authored the original Central Ohio Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
    • Led the implementation team of a regional transportation corridor study, including recommendations for smart mobility, housing, workforce development and incentives
    • Conducted economic development plans, including existing economic conditions, industry cluster analysis, workforce development strategies and strategic use of economic incentives for corridors, neighborhoods, cities, regions and counties around the Midwest
    • Created a matrix of federal, state and local incentives tools for cities in the Midwest
    • Assisted in securing planning grant funds for regional economic development strategies
    • Conduct economic impact studies for numerous site scenarios on behalf of a number of Ohio cities
Firm Publications
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Speaking Engagements
  • Webinar on “The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Local Broadband Expansion,” co-hosted by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) and Ice Miller LLP, April 17, 2019.
  • “Financing for Smart Cities Projects: The P3 Approach,” one of a Series of P3 Webinars hosted by Ice Miller LLP, April 16, 2019.
  • Panelist, "Economic Incentives... Negotiations, Drivers and the Compliance Burden," 28th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, Jan. 30, 2019.
  • “Ohio’s Tax Incentives Evolution to Promote Competitiveness,” 28th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, Jan. 29, 2019.
  • “Alternative Business Models and Financing for Intelligent Network Infrastructure,” at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition's (SHLB), 8th Annual Conference, Oct. 11, 2018.
  • “From Broadband to Wideband and Beyond,” Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC), Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Webinar on “Broadband and Economic Development, The Need for Connectivity,” co-hosted by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) and Ice Miller LLP, Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Panelist, "Economic Incentives... Negotiations, Drivers & the Compliance Burden," 27th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, Jan. 24, 2018.
  • Co-presenter, "Ohio's Tax Incentives to Promote Ohio's Competitiveness," 27th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, Jan. 23, 2018.
  • Panelist, "Economic Development for Newly Elected Officials," Economic Development 411 (ED411), Dec. 1, 2017.
  • Panelist, "State of the States," TrustBelt Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, October 2017.
  • “Your Community, Your Broadband: Approaches to Access” Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit, Columbus, Ohio, October 2017.
  • "Ohio Tax Incentives Evolution to Promote Ohio Competitiveness," 26th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2017.
  • "Site Selection & the Economic Incentive Package. Priceless Insights and Efforts in Securing a Major Investment," 26th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2017.
  • “Ohio Economy Market Watch,” Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Ohio Conference, Columbus, Ohio, September 2016.
  • "Ohio Economic Incentives & JobsOhio: Promoting Ohio Competitiveness... What's Ahead," 25th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2016.
  • "Tax Credits & Incentives...,Major Changes to Ohio Credits & Incentives from H.B.64," 25th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2016.
  • “You’ve Received Your Incentives … Now What? Navigating Through a New State-level Compliance System,” 24th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2015.
  • “Creative Financing for Capital & Operations,” 24th Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2015.
  • "Impact of House Bill 5 - Panel Discussion," Ohio Municipal League's Municipal Income Tax Seminar, July 2014.
  • "Incentives: Corporate Site Selection – How Far Do Economic & Tax Incentives Move the Needle?" 23rd Annual Ohio Tax Conference, January 2014.
  • "Economic Development Financing,” Lorman Seminar, Speaker and Faculty Member, Columbus, Ohio, June 2012.
  • "Ohio economic development incentives, now and in the next four years: Planning for the future based on the recent past," 20th Ohio Annual Tax Conference, Columbus, Ohio, January 2011.
  • "Important tax credits, exemptions, incentives and tax abatements to help you in a recovering economy," 2010 Annual Ohio Tax Course, Granville, Ohio, August 2010.
  • "Ohio’s movie mania: The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit is bringing in the stars. Can it bring in the cash, too?" 90.3 WCPN Cleveland, NPR, The Sound of Ideas radio show (guest).
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