UAE Debt Collection’s multidisciplinary Economic Development team works on behalf of domestic and international companies that are locating, expanding, or restructuring their businesses and operations in communities nationwide. Over the past two decades, Moore & Van Allen has provided economic development counsel and representation to companies of all sizes that have in total invested in excess of $14 billion and provided thousands of job opportunities across the United States.
Our team has worked successfully on behalf of clients across the Carolinas, as well as in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. We have obtained some of the largest incentive packages that several Southeastern states have ever offered to industrial manufacturing facilities.
The Economic Development team is comprised of attorneys, CPAs, lobbyists, public affairs professionals, and paralegals who represent a diverse range of the Firm’s seventeen practice areas. The depth and breadth of our team enables us to offer insight from every relevant angle. While distinctly different in expertise, every team member does share a commitment and ability to actively listen when clients and site selection consultants share their business goals and project needs. Our guiding objective is to add value for our clients, not only by meeting their deadlines, but also by bringing our experience and energy to bear on their particular matters, meeting and often exceeding their expectations. Our Public Affairs, Taxation, Lobbying, Environmental, Real Estate, and Corporate practice teams and professionals work together to comprise a cohesive and complete combination for our clients.
Our work has included obtaining incentives for cable manufacturers; data centers; power plants; regional, North American and international headquarters; auto part manufacturers; compact construction equipment manufacturers; appliance manufacturers; pharmaceutical manufacturers; steel manufacturers; industrial mills; retail stores; distribution centers; and mortgage brokers.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROCESS
Over the past two decades, the team has established relationships with government representatives and has developed extensive experience securing state, regional, county, and city level-incentives for clients in a number of states. These relationships have provided us with the knowledge and opportunity to obtain both well-known and less conspicuous incentives for our clients -- we know who, what and how to ask, ensuring all possibilities are examined and incentive benefits are maximized as the incentive packages are compiled.
Our team has successfully collaborated with Departments of Commerce and Revenue, local municipalities, industrial development boards, port authorities, utility companies, and regional partnerships to achieve competitive incentive packages for our clients’ needs. We have drafted proposed economic development legislation, provided testimony in support of such legislation, and worked with legislative committees to facilitate its passage–creating new incentive opportunities or expanding eligibility for current incentives to our clients.
CAPABILITIES AND SERVICES
The team adeptly prepares incentive estimates, negotiates with government representatives, and drafts incentive agreements to memorialize negotiations. We meet with local and state commissions, agencies, and development directors and advocate for our clients and their incentive packages at local approval meetings.
Moore & Van Allen enables clients to realize the incentives negotiated by facilitating and supporting clients’ compliance with incentive requirements. We employ a qualified staff that has compliance expertise and has built seasoned relationships with various local and state compliance officers. In certain instances, we have negotiated amendments to incentive packages, as the clients’ needs changed due to economic forces.
SITE SELECTION AND ACQUISITION
Moore & Van Allen’s Economic Development team partners with clients to understand their site needs and measure those needs against the merits of potential locations. Our Real Estate attorneys, in particular, frequently coordinate with all external parties involved, including engineers, surveyors and local officials; each and every site need is considered and provided for accordingly. We are equipped to advise clients on acquiring land and facilities, build-to-suit leases, sale-leaseback transactions, and operating leases. Our Corporate attorneys can assist with major equipment purchase agreements and supplier agreements necessary before a new or expanding facility becomes operational.
Moore & Van Allen Environmental attorneys provide advice and counsel and perform thorough due diligence on the land parcels involved in a location or expansion project. This enables our team to comprehensively identify current or future permitting needs and ultimately provides clients with greater peace of mind during the relocation or expansion process. Several of our attorneys have worked for the EPA, Department of Justice, or state environmental agencies. Their experience gives us added insight on how government agencies interpret environmental regulations.
In addition, many of our attorneys have engineering or scientific backgrounds and prior work experience that make it easier for them to understand and provide practical advice regarding complex environmental issues.
GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATION AND RELATIONS
Moore & Van Allen’s Economic Development team includes proficiency in government affairs, which may be strongly relied upon by a client in an expansion or relocation. Our registered lobbyists and communications professionals use a strategic approach to help clients reduce regulatory costs, build public consensus, defeat adverse legislation, and support favorable legislation, thus finding additional value and equity for the expansion or relocation of our clients’ operations.
Our ultimate goal in this capacity is to protect and bolster our clients’ operations or objectives on the federal, state and local level through direct advocacy and legislative monitoring. We make it our business to know the needs and sensitivities our clients face in initiating a sophisticated governmental affairs strategy for both existing businesses and new ventures.
At Moore & Van Allen, we understand the full weight of public perception—particularly in the case of corporate relocation and growth. We have the experience, sophistication, and ability to proactively develop clients’ “brand” in a new territory. Misinformation can spread quickly and throw any project off course; however, we are adept at re-framing the issues and developing companies’ branding campaigns.