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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.
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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.
Representative Transactions
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of approximately $365 million of tax-exempt revenue bonds by the Arizona Industrial Development Authority to finance the acquisition by Great Lakes Senior Living, Inc. (a single member 501(c)(3) corporation) of eight senior living facilities that qualified as affordable housing from Common Sail Investment Group, Inc. and/or its affiliates.
  • Served as bond counsel and/or disclosure counsel to the port authorities in connection with the financing of a for-profit senior living facility with tax-exempt lease revenue bonds, the financing of infrastructure related to a major logistics center in the City of Union, Ohio, and the financing of energy improvements (utilizing special assessments) for Crawford Hoying in the City of Dayton.
  • Acted as counsel to Columbus Outlets, LLC (a joint venture of Simon Properties and Tanger Outlets) in connection with the financing of infrastructure for a 400,000 square foot outlet mall at the intersection of US-36/SR-37 and I-71 in Delaware County, Ohio, opening in 2016. As part of this representation, Ice Miller oversaw the creation of a new community authority with the power to levy charges based on retail sales as well as a TIF District. In December 2018, the Delaware County Finance Authority issued tax-exempt bonds secured by community development charges and TIF revenues, the proceeds of which were used to reimburse the Developer for it’s out of pocket costs.
Firm Publications
News
Published In
  • 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
  • Presenter, Lorman Webinar on "Special Districts in Land Development" - July 23, 2019
  • Moderator, "Legislative Update: Tax Reform and Opportunity Zones"  at the Council for Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Ohio Conference - Sept. 25, 2018.
  • "Joint Economic Development Districts and Opportunity Zones: Tools for Reinvigorating Communities," Mahoning River Corridor Mayor's Association - Aug. 11, 2018.
  • "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 - Opportunity Zones and Advance Refundings," Ohio Government Finance Officer's Association - July 19, 2018.
  • "Dancing with the Devil - Partnering with Developers to Create Better Communities," Ohio Township Association - January 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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