Curtis Petersen's extensive experience in structuring and securing public-private partnerships has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in local, state, and federal economic incentives for client projects.

As part of his real estate practice, Curtis also represents clients both locally and nationally in connection with the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, and sale of all classes of real estate. In addition, he has significant experience assisting clients in planning, zoning, land use, and redevelopment.

Curtis is a LEED Accredited Professional, having passed the U.S. Green Building Council’s examination (USGBC), which demonstrates a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles. According to the USGBC, he is the first practicing attorney in Kansas or Missouri to be recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional. This valuable expertise allows him to effectively counsel clients with regard to green leasing, as well as helping to navigate sustainable projects through zoning approvals and to maximize economic development incentives.

In addition to his LEED accreditation, clients also benefit from Curtis’ prior work on Capitol Hill, where he represents and advises clients on a range of sustainable development and other green issues, as well as issues involving tort reform, telecommunications, Indian gaming and other tribal matters, and federal and state lobbying and ethics rules.

  • Obtained $81 million in Star Bond Financing, $30 million in Community Improvement District Financing, and $55 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds; handle all aspects of private debt and equity financing.
  • Obtained millions of dollars in New Market Tax Credit Financing, Tax Increment Financing, Community Improvement District Financing, and Industrial Revenue Bond Financing.
  • Secured public-private partnership for the construction of a city recreation center and series of sports stadiums for the University of Kansas; incentives obtained include $40 million of industrial revenue bonds (tax abatement and sales tax exemption).
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August 2, 2013
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Green Building and Leases
Presentation at Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar
2010
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Green by Design: A design, financial and legal analysis of sustainable development
Presented with BNIM Architects and the Lewis White Real Estate Center, Bloch School of Business and Public Administration, UMKC.
Polsinelli Shughart/BNIM seminar provided to real estate and banking clients
2010
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"Blight" under Kansas and Missouri Development Incentive Programs
Presentation at Polsinelli Shughart seminar
2010
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Since its inception in 1998, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has become an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The USGBC recently announced an overhaul of the LEED rating system in the form of “LEED 2009,” which incorporates several changes to the LEED process. The 2009 revamp initiative, which the USGBC calls LEED version 3, or LEED v3, has several new and/or revised components.

September 2009
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Understanding Green
23rd Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
2009
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Green Development 101 in Kansas City
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
2009
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Green Development 101 in Kansas City
Real Estate Section, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
2009
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Sustainable Development & Green Leasing
St. Louis Green Buildings & New Technology Conference
2008