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Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Under Section 6409 – An Underutilized Tool?

Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 addresses neither taxes nor job creation.  Instead, Section 6409 constitutes one of the Federal government’s latest significant efforts to streamline the approval process for deployment of wireless transmission equipment.  Generally, Section 6409 (along with an FCC Order from October 2014) provides that so long as the siting request is for a modification of an existing wireless …Read More

UPDATED: Congress Takes Aim at Tax-Exempt Funding for Professional Sports Facilities

UPDATED 12/27/17: The final version of the tax bill signed into law earlier this month did NOT include the provision which sought to eliminate tax-exempt funding assistance for professional sports facilities.   While President Trump’s very public feud with the NFL grabs the headlines these days, the U.S. House inserted a provision in the tax reform bill introduced last week which would eliminate a State or local government’s ability to …Read More

High Point Seeks Economic Development with Baseball

The City of High Point, North Carolina seeks to make a significant public investment in construction of a downtown baseball stadium which would be home to an Atlantic League (Independent) baseball team. The city wants to use the ballpark as a lynchpin for a broader downtown economic development plan. High Point seeks to take a page from the economic development playbook of quite a few other North Carolina municipalities that …Read More