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Thomas A. Cunningham is a founding shareholder of Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C. and practices in the areas of public finance, development/redevelopment, and local governmental law.  Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in the use of economic incentives for development projects and capital financings for and "on behalf of" local governments and public agencies utilizing general obligation bonds, special obligation bonds, alternative revenue bonds, leasehold revenue bonds, industrial revenue bonds, TIF Bonds, NID Bonds, Chapter 100 Bonds, 501(c)(3) Bonds and tax anticipation notes.  He has acted as bond counsel, issuer's counsel, and borrower's counsel in numerous municipal “new money” issues and refundings and has participated in local government financings totaling nearly three quarters of a billion dollars.

Mr. Cunningham has served as City Attorney for the cities of New Florence, Ste. Genevieve, Olivette, and St. Ann, and as Special Public Finance/Redevelopment Counsel to the Missouri cities of Bowling Green, Charleston, Dardenne Prairie, Festus, Greenwood, Hannibal, Hayti, Louisiana, Marlborough, Mexico, Moberly, Overland, Pacific, Palmyra, Pevely, Raymore, St. Charles, St. Clair, Wentzville, and Wildwood, and as General Counsel to the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.  He is a frequent lecturer statewide on the use of public incentives and redevelopment tools in Missouri and Illinois, including NIDs, CIDs, SSAs, TIF, and TDDs; sales tax rebates, Chapter 100 bonds, revenue and general obligation bonds; “double-barreled” bonds and real property tax abatement techniques.  He is the co-author of the Urban Redevelopment chapters of the Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbooks on Real Estate Law and on Local Government Law.

Mr. Cunningham received his B.F.A. in Design from Syracuse University, his M.C.R.P. from Rutgers University, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of Boston University Legislative Services.

He is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars, a Charter Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and of the American Planning Association, and a member of the American Bar Association (State and Local Government Section), the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association.

Bar Admissions


APA, Chancellor’s Certificate Program – Local Development Financing, 2006 -2012

APA, National Conference - Fundamentals of Redevelopment Agreements Webinar, 2009, 2010

Missouri Municipal League – Annual Conference, Plays Well with Others, Getting Along in the Local Development Game, 2009

Missouri Municipal League - Newly Elected Officials Conference, Nuts & Bolts of Planning & Zoning, 2007 and 2009

Missouri Municipal League - Annual Conference, Nuts & Bolts of Planning & Zoning PLUS, 2007 and 2008

Missouri Society of CPAs - Governmental Accounting Conference - Local Development Financing, 2008

Osage Beach/Camden County –Leadership Camden County, Local Development Financing, 2008

URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, Local Government Law, Continuing Legal Education Deskbook & Supplements through 2008; Missouri Bar

Illinois APA – Citizen Planner Workshop, Illinois Local Development Financing, 2007

Illinois Downstate & Southwestern Illinois City Managers Ass’n - Joint Fall Meeting, Illinois Local Development Financing, 2007

North Central Municipal Finance Forum - Tax Incentives for Development, 2007

URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, Missouri Real Estate Practice, Continuing Legal Education Deskbook, 4th Ed., and Supplements through 2006; Missouri Bar

Missouri Municipal League - Annual Conference, Practical Redevelopment in a Post-Kelo World, 2006

St. Louis County Municipal League, Proposed Missouri State Constitutional Initiative:  The Tuohey "Eminent Domain" Amendment, 2006

American Planning Association, APA Module 6 – Legal Aspects of Planning & Zoning (Including Financing & Development Economics), 2004

Missouri Municipal League, Comprehensive Review of Revenue Sources for Capital Improvements & Services, 2004

Listed as sole Bond Counsel in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the "Red Book") 2002-2010

Institute of Property Taxation: "Overview of Economic Development and Redevelopment Financing and Incentive Programs – Midwest Region (Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Iowa)" address to Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida



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