Seth Merewitz

Seth Merewitz

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

7/21/2014 - Infrastructure P3s Public-Private Partnerships

Secondary Real Estate Markets are Worth a Second Look

Matthew Cypher’s (@MatthewCypher) recent article for Urban Land Magazine entitled “The Risk and Reward of Investing in Secondary Markets” argues that while “gateway markets” (Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los...more

6/25/2014 - Real Estate Investments Real Estate Market Secondary Markets

Post-Redevelopment Creativity: Public Benefit Incentive Zoning

Many communities are trying to retain and attract businesses to provide economic development and jobs. With the loss of tax increment financing in California, and constrained local budgets, identifying incentives is more...more

5/28/2014 - Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing Urban Planning & Development

USDA Announces Economic Development Grants to Rural Communities

Applications due June 13 for grants that will promote sustainable economic development - New grants from the United States Department of Agriculture will help promote sustainable economic development in rural...more

5/12/2014 - Department of Agriculture Economic Development Farms Rural Development USDA

California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects

Counties Can Now Use Construction Management At-Risk - Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any...more

4/8/2014 - Construction Contracts Procurement Guidelines Public Procurement Policies Public Projects

LAO Recommends Additional Improvements to Governor’s Initiative to Expand Scope of Infrastructure Financing Districts

As part of California’s 2014-2015 budget, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the expansion of infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), a funding mechanism for communitywide infrastructure and development projects that has...more

3/14/2014 - Infrastructure Jerry Brown Public Projects

Investing In California’s Water Conference Convenes Industry Thought Leaders

On Friday, February 21, water industry thought leaders will gather to discuss how public and private investment will help California meet its present and future water challenges, including the state’s current drought state of...more

2/20/2014 - Municipalities Utilities Sector Water Supplies

ULI Report “After Redevelopment” Proposes Tools to Promote Local Economic Development

California economic development authority and BB&K attorney Joseph E. Coomes has co-authored a new report, “After Redevelopment: New Tools and Strategies to Promote Economic Development and Build Sustainable Communities.” The...more

1/24/2014 - Economic Development Redevelopment Urban Planning & Development

Spot Zoning Not Always an Abuse of Discretion: Senior Citizen Community Project Upheld by Fourth Appellate District

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District recently ordered publication of the decision in Foothill Communities Coalition v. County of Orange to clarify the law regarding spot zoning in two respects. First, spot...more

1/23/2014 - Real Estate Development Urban Planning & Development

Governor's 2014-15 Budget Summary Proposes Expanding Tax Increment Financing

Proposed Changes to Infrastructure Financing District Law - This week Governor Brown released his 2014-15 Budget Summary. It contains a proposal to expand the tax increment financing used by Infrastructure Financing...more

1/10/2014 - Jerry Brown Tax Increment Financing

Public Private Partnerships: From Economic Development to Local-Serving Infrastructure Procurement

In This Presentation: Public Private Partnership Opportunities: - Public Assistance into Private Projects • Economic Development/Redevelopment • Land Use/Zoning • Real Estate Assets/Long Range Property...more

11/13/2013 - CEQA Economic Development Infrastructure Municipalities P3s Public Financing Public Procurement Policies Public-Private Partnerships Redevelopment State and Local Government

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

10/15/2013 - Economic Development Jerry Brown Subsidies

Land Use, Zoning and Other Local Policies to Promote Economic Development - League of California Cities Webinar: New Tools for...

In This Presentation: • Public Agency Approach • Existing Local Authority • Public Private Partnerships • Redevelopment/Economic Development • Public Infrastructure - Excerpt from Public Agency...more

8/1/2013 - Economic Development Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Public Projects

California Subdivision Map Extension Signed into Law - More Comprehensive than Prior Extensions; Sets Deadlines and Allows...

On July 11, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 116, urgency legislation aimed at providing additional relief to California’s recovering housing and construction industries. AB 116, which became effective immediately,...more

7/12/2013 - AB 116 Construction Contracts Economic Development Housing Developers Housing Market Land Developers Property Improvements Subdivision

California Enterprise Zone Program Modified with New Incentive Programs - New Economic Development Tax Credits Available for...

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed into law AB 93, legislation that will institute two new tax exemption programs for manufacturing and bio-tech equipment, add a hiring credit for employment in specified geographic areas and...more

7/12/2013 - Biotechnology Business Taxes Corporate Taxes Economic Development Enterprise Zones Incentives Income Taxes SALT Tax Credits Tax Incentives

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