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Economic Development

Economic Development Law

Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn understands both the business and governmental aspects of economic development. Our attorneys have worked closely with business leaders, developers, planning and government officials, and legislators to lay the groundwork for most of the public, private and public-private projects that have contributed to the growth and economy in Evansville, Southwestern Indiana and the Tri-State area for decades.

Our business, real estate and construction attorneys have extensive experience in:

  • Industry relocation
  • Land acquisition, including options, land leases, land contracts, purchases
  • Economic incentives, such as tax, job creation and workforce training incentives
  • Property tax phase-ins (formerly known as tax abatements)
  • Local government approvals and permits
  • Variances, rezonings and special use permits
  • Planned unit developments and condominiums
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Comprehensive development planning
  • Landmark/historical preservation designation

Facility Relocation and Expansion

KDDK attorneys have assembled tracts of land ranging from 100 to 1,000-plus acres for large companies. Our economic development attorneys have played a part in many of the Tri-State area’s most significant facility relocations and industrial developments, such as the Vanderburgh Industrial Park, AK Steel Corporation, Springleaf Financial Headquarters, Cresline Plastic Pipe Co., Inc. Headquarters, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana’s auto assembly plant.

Our goal is to assist companies considering expansion or a move to the Southwest Indiana region in obtaining a competitive advantage over its competitors across the United States. We accomplish this, in part, by exploring every tax deferral option available, including grants, income tax allowances, benefits and property tax savings.  Acting as leaders in most of the Tri-State area’s business and governmental organizations, KDDK attorneys stay keenly up to date on the Tri-State’s economic development issues.

For the Community

KDDK attorneys take leadership roles in the development, expansion or improvement of key facilities that serve our community.

Recent projects and partners include:

  • Deaconess Sports Park
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
  • Evansville Riverfront Plaza
  • Evansville Sewer & Water Projects
  • Goebel Soccer Complex
  • Interstate 164 and Interstate 69
  • Indiana State Hospital Grounds
  • Lloyd Expressway
  • Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
  • Pagoda Visitors Center
  • Pigeon Creek Greenway
  • Swonder Ice Arena
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Southern Indiana

Private Sector Ventures

Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn negotiates with local, state and county governments with the goal of getting to yes on new economic development ventures, bringing in new businesses to the Southwest Indiana region and expanding existing facilities.

To that end, we have worked with the following companies:

  • Accuride Corporation headquarters – Vanderburgh County
  • AK Steel Corporation – Spencer County
  • American General headquarters – Vanderburgh County
  • Brake Supply Company – Vanderburgh County
  • Challenge Properties – Vanderburgh Industrial Park
  • Creative Press – Vanderburgh County
  • Crescent Plastics, Inc. – Vanderburgh County
  • Cresline Plastic Pipe Co., Inc., corporate headquarters – Vanderburgh County
  • D-Patrick Ford – Vanderburgh County
  • Deaconess Hospital Gateway Campus – Warrick County
  • Expressway Automobile Dealership – Posey County
  • Federal Express – Vanderburgh Industrial Park
  • Graham Packaging – Vanderburgh County
  • Great Lakes Power – Vanderburgh Industrial Park
  • Keller Crescent Co., Inc. – Vanderburgh County
  • The Matrixx Group -Vanderburgh County
  • North American Green – Vanderburgh County
  • Old National Bank headquarters – Vanderburgh County
  • Pro-Lift – Vanderburgh Industrial Park
  • Pyrotek, Inc.- Vanderburgh Industrial Park
  • Total Interior Systems America – Gibson County
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing – Gibson County
  • Vanderburgh Industrial Park (VIP) – Vanderburgh County
  • Wabash Plastics, Inc. – Vanderburgh County