Kip Wahlers has more than two decades' experience in the field of public finance, economic development and public law. Kip has represented state and local governments at all levels as bond counsel and has also served as underwriters' counsel, bank counsel and counsel to private sector entities doing business with government.

Kip's experience includes financings and projects with port authorities, counties, municipalities, townships and school districts. Kip also advises clients on public records issues and ethics issues.

Kip has authored legislation relating to financing programs in Ohio and elsewhere, including tax credits, loan programs and amendments to legislation establishing new community authorities and authority for impact facilities. He has assisted private companies in obtaining incentives from state and local governments, including tax incentives, tax abatements and tax increment financing.

Kip is former general counsel for JobsOhio and for Browning & Associates, a municipal financial advisor. He is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and has lived in the Columbus area since 2000.

Wahlers graduated magna cum laude, with highest honors, from University of Georgia in 1985 where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English. He graduated from University of Michigan where he earned his Master of Arts in English in 1986. He holds a juris doctor from University of Michigan Law School where he graduated cum laude in 1991.
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  • Article published in the Ohio Township News, March 2017 entitled: “New Tools: Retail Facilities Enterprise Zone Exclusion Now Permitted.”
  • Quoted in the October 25, 2015 article of Cincinnati.com entitled "Complex money deals spawned Liberty Center."
  • SB 235 Provides New Tool to Induce Development.
Speaking Engagements
  • "Dancing with the Devil - Partnering with Developers to Create Better Communities," Ohio Township Association, Jan. 2018.
  • "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 - Opportunity Zones and Advance Refundings," Ohio Government Finance Officer's Association, July 19, 2018.
  • "Joint Economic Development Districts and Opportunity Zones: Tools for Reinvigorating Communities," Mahoning River Corridor Mayor's Association, Aug. 11, 2018.
  • Moderator, "Council for Development Finance Agencies" Ohio Roundtable - Sept. 25, 2018.
  • Moderator, "Transformative Neighborhood Investments" for two discussions at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) - 2017 National Development Finance Summit - Nov. 16-17, 2017 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Presented, "Joint Economic Development Districts - New Law Changes" at the Ohio Township Association Annual Conference - February 2017
  • Led Panel on P3 Project Funding at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) 2015 National Summit - Nov. 3-5, 2015 (Charleston, SC)
  • Presented, "Bond Financing" at the 2015 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference - Sept. 1, 2015
  • "Alternate Strategies for Funding Demolition" - Ohio Land Bank Conference - Sept. 12, 2014
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