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Clark Stockton Lord
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Clark Lord has a wide-range of experience in the public sector and in private practice. He serves special districts and governmental clients, many of which he created through the legislative or regulatory process, in a variety of areas ranging from their day to day affairs, to bond issuances. Clark frequently represents developer clients on special land development issues involving governmental regulations and bureaucracy. His experience with economic development matters has enabled him to create economic development programs for a variety of governmental units. He also represents many private developers and businesses in a variety of economic development transactions. Additionally, Clark drafts and lobbies for legislation involving special districts and economic development clients and industry. He often serves on special legislative working groups and committees in this area.
Clark is a frequent lecturer on economic development, special districts, and real estate development at various industry conferences and educational forums, including the University of Houston's C. T. Bauer College of Business. Prior to entering private practice, he spent five years in the Houston City Attorney's Office managing economic development, special finance and land use matters.
Represents various special districts, including tax increment reinvestment zones, local government corporations, municipal management districts, municipal utility districts, and fresh water supply districts
Represents developers seeking economic development incentives from local and state government
Represents developers and cities in the creation of special districts used for financing public infrastructure
Public Private Partnerships
Structured unique public-private partnership for public incentive to develop $200M mixed use catalyst development. Structured workout and modification of the public-private partnership to allow for the repositioning and revitalization of the project following sale
Represented governmental agency in design, procurement, and construction of signature pedestrian bridge.
Structured long-term public sector debt obligation to ensure security of private sector funding for transformation of large destination public parks.
Structure public private partnership to attract unique entertainment venue to downtown.
Negotiated agreements to attract private sector investment in historic building in Historic Districts, ensuring long-term public benefit of restored historic facade.
Negotiated agreements to secure design, construction, and operation of transformed historic downtown park.
Structured economic development incentive to locate Houston’s first regional sports network.
Structured infrastructure reimbursement agreement to stimulate $1B investment in mixed use project.
Structured long term operating and maintenance agreements, design and construction contracts to provide skate park.
Structured intergovernmental agreements between city, school district and redevelopment authority to salvage historic school for use as a cultural center.
Structured partnership between public and private sector for financing, construction, and long term operation of improvements to historic cultural district.
Structured public sector financing in public-private partnership for $100M professional soccer stadium and surrounding infrastructure improvements.
Restructured debt, secured development and incentive agreements for 400-lot difficult to develop subdivision in inner city.
Structured public-private partnership to finance infrastructure for $300M development near replacing contaminated abandoned rail yard.
Created omnibus city economic development program, providing for use of varying economic development tools to attract private sector investment.
Structured unique sales tax increment zone to provide public sector funding to secure funding for private center for arts organizations.
Structured economic development grant providing stimulus to create 1000 in-city new homes.
Negotiated largest ever tax abatement with various tax jurisdictions in Texas for plant expansion.
Special counsel on economic development incentives and special land use and regulatory issues for high end mixed use project.
Structured economic development program and agreements rebating property taxes to incentivize residential development in city center.
Publications and Speeches
“The Growing Role of Municipal Management Districts in Planning,” American Planning Association, Texas Chapter Conference, 2013
"Use of Special Districts in Land Development," Lorman Education, National Webinar, 2013
"A Guide to Governmental Incentives for Economic Development in Texas," Bond Buyer Conference, Public Finance Spotlight Series, 2013
“Water Infrastructure Financing Tools,” Bond Buyer Utilities and Infrastructure Conference, 2013.
"Governmental Incentives for Economic Development," Lorman Education, National Webinar, 2012
“A Ticket to Ride: Governmental Incentives for Mixed Use Development,” University of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Conference, 2008.
"A Guide to Governmental Incentives for Development," Texas Bar Journal, March 2008
"Understanding the Public Funds Investment Act," Texas Association of Counties, Training for County Investment Officers, 2008
"Understanding the Texas TIRZ Statute," Community Development Finance Association Development Conference, 2008, 2010
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1998
B.A., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995
Board Director, Blueprint Houston
Board Director/Pro Bono Counsel, Houston Business Development, Inc. ("HBDi")
Advisory Board, Friends of Macgregor Park
Election Judge/Precinct Chair
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers