Alex Flachsbart, Attorney with Balch & Bingham, LLP in Birmingham, AL counsels governments, nonprofit corporations, and private developers on how to incentivize and finance community developments. Whether the project involves public infrastructure or commercial development, Alex knows how to create the entities, structure the financing, and find the incentives necessary to form effective public-private partnerships.
Alex has experience with federal and state grants, revolving loan funds, and tax credits and incentives available for commercial development, including the New Markets Tax Credit program and Alabama's Amendment 772. As bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and developer's counsel, he has worked on transactions involving the issuance of more than $1 billion in tax-exempt bonds.
Casey Woods is the Executive Director of Emporia Main Street in Emporia, KS. Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.
Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.
Main Street is a unique preservation based economic development program.