Jay Lindgren is a nationally recognized legal expert in innovative finance and regulatory strategies for urban redevelopment and public infrastructure projects. He practices in the areas of Land Use and Project Development, Municipal Law and Public Finance. He is the Chair of the Infrastructure practice group and co-Chair of the Urban Redevelopment group. Jay represents project developers and governments seeking to solve complex land use, real estate development, urban redevelopment, and infrastructure issues. His representative legal skills include:
- Development Agreements
- Representation of clients before executive, legislative, regional, and municipal governments
- Public-private partnerships, including construction and operations agreements
- Municipal comprehensive planning, zoning and boundary adjustments
- Public finance, municipal budgeting and economic development programs (including TIF and tax abatement)
- Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
- Cooperative agreements between governmental units
- Municipal corporation governance, including public hearing and open meeting requirements and procedures
- Government contracting and public procurement, both competitive and negotiated
- Ethical practices requirements of public officials
- Legislative bill drafting
He began his legal career in the Public Finance practice group, serving as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel in state, municipal and industrial development bond financings.
Former Chief Administrative Officer of the Metropolitan Council, the regional agency in charge of community development, land use planning, transit, open space and wastewater treatment for the seven-county Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area. As regional administrator, he oversaw a $530 million annual budget and 3,700 employees. Jay was the Council’s general counsel prior to being named regional administrator. While at the Council, he worked on comprehensive land use planning programs throughout the Twin Cities region and was instrumental in the development of the region’s first light rail line.
North Dakota Legislature
10 years, serving as a member in both the House and the Senate.