Jay has helped build billions of dollars worth of projects that create vibrant communities and have the infrastructure needed to make the projects successful. 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.
Jay is the 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.
Jay was an elected member of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly for 10 years, serving in both the House and the Senate. Recent representative projects include:
- General Counsel to the public authority building the $1.1 billion new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
- General Counsel to public agency that owns and operates Minnesota’s first light rail line.
- Redevelopment counsel to City of Edina, Minnesota on $500 million mixed-use urban redevelopment project.
- Redevelopment counsel to City of Wayzata, Minnesota on $200 million downtown redevelopment project.