Benton C. Blaine VP, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

As a vice president on McGuireWoods Consulting's infrastructure and economic development team, Benton assists companies in their expansion and development projects.

His experience with site selection, incentives negotiation and public-private partnerships allows him to provide value-added services to a range of internal company stakeholders including finance, operations, real estate, government relations and tax. Benton has successfully orchestrated inbound projects from countries such as China, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K., among others. In assisting inbound and U.S.-based companies, Benton has analyzed hundreds of locations for companies across 30+ U.S. states and secured capital savings and/or mitigated risk that has had a direct reduction in a client's initial or recurring costs.

The business acumen developed as a senior manager at a “Big Four” accounting firm, licensed real estate broker and on a Fortune 500 company’s real estate legal team, has helped Benton locate headquarters, manufacturing, chemical, distribution and office projects.

Benton has been a speaker or presenter for events such as the SelectUSA Summit and AreaDevelopment’s Meet the Consultant, covering topics including pitfalls when entering the U.S. market and creating win-win solutions for companies and economic development agencies.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.

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  • Charlotte School of Law, JD
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BA, Finance
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