Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Spring Municipal Economic Development Seminar Set for May 16

The law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle is sponsoring a seminar on May 16, 2012, in Lake Barrington, Illinois. The event, titled “Stimulating Municipal Economic Development,” begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9.

The seminar takes place at the Onion Pub & Brewery, 22221 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington. Speakers include Pete Pointner, Patricia Fening and ZRFM partner Ryan Farrell.

Pointner’s talk is titled “What Municipalities Can Do to Stimulate Development.” Pointner has focused for 50 years on implementing environmentally based planning and context-sensitive design assignments. He has served as a guest lecturer at several universities and has extensive experience as a consultant, municipal planner and coordinating consultant for major public works projects and private developments that have won local, regional and national awards.

Pointner’s assignments have involved more than 50 units of local government in Illinois. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Certified planners. To learn more, please view Pointner’s Web page.

Fening’s talk is titled “Resources and Opportunities for Economic Development.” She directs financing and economic development for Lake County Partners, a not-for-profit organization that serves as the county’s economic development resource. She manages the Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan program, an excellent business real estate financing tool. She also acts as the county’s agent for Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB) and Midwest Disaster Area Bonds.

Fening has worked with federal, state and local business financing programs and incentives throughout her career. She will provide attendees with useful financial resources for business attraction and retention in their communities and give insight on the role of economic development in down and rising markets. More information about Lake County Partners appears on the organization’s Web site.

Farrell’s talk is titled “Working with Banks to Develop Distressed Properties: Clearing out the backlog in order to move forward.” Farrell is a ZRFM partner and a Certified Public Accountant. His wide-ranging transactional experience encompasses banking, corporate business law, taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, real estate, and municipal and local government law.

Farrell’s work with banks, businesses and individuals includes matters such as commercial workouts, foreclosure, drafting and reviewing loan documents, contract drafting, collections, commercial real estate, liability for fraudulent transactions, business incorporation and dissolution, business separation agreements, tax planning for business transactions and construction law. In addition to the banking industry, Farrell has worked with corporate clients in the fields of manufacturing and real estate development. His work with banks includes working out many distressed properties and loan transactions. For more details, please view Farrell’s professional credentials.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served at the seminar. To attend, please telephone 815-459-2050 or email dmagerko@zrfmlaw.com.