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Tray Hairston to Present at IEDC Annual Conference

Butler Snow attorney Tray Hairston will present at the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis. The conference will be held Oct. 13-16 and host more than 2,000 economic developers from all 50 states and outside the U.S. It is the largest yearly gathering of economic development professionals and features distinguished keynote speakers, dozens of interactive sessions led by industry experts, networking events and educational tours.

Hairston is a member of Butler Snow’s public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group. He concentrates his practice on public finance and economic development matters, including all types of municipal bond issues, serving as bond counsel for both taxable and tax-exempt financings. He has served as bond counsel for various cities and counties and has worked on over $100M+ in transactions. He is former counsel & economic development policy advisor to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, and prior to beginning his legal career, Hairston was a member of the Global Business Division at the Mississippi Development Authority where he provided project management assistance to companies & consultants looking to locate new businesses in Mississippi. He has served as an adjunct law professor at Mississippi College School of Law and regularly publishes scholarly legal articles. His most recently published paper is entitled The Future of Economic Development, 35 Miss. C.L. Rev. 370 (2017). Currently, Hairston serves as a lecturer at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi in the school’s Masters of Economic Development Program.

Hairston is recognized by The Bond Buyer as a Rising Star. The publication’s Rising Stars program honors 28 municipal finance professionals under the age of 40 throughout the country whose leadership, collaborative spirit and innovative work with issuers has positively impacted their communities. Rising Stars are nominated by their peers and submissions are judged by a panel of municipal finance leaders throughout the country and The Bond Buyer’s editorial leadership team. The Bond Buyer is a century-old daily national trade newspaper based in New York focused on covering the national and international municipal bond industry.

Hairston is also by Mid-South Super Lawyers for Government Finance (2016-2019), Mississippi College School of Law as Young Lawyer of the Year (2013) and Mississippi Business Journal as one of its Top 40 under 40 (2012-2013). Hairston is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, his MBA from Belhaven College and his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.