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Miller Canfield Attorney A Featured Speaker at New Markets Tax Credit Investors Conference in Chicago

November 1, 2005

William B. Beach, senior attorney in the Detroit office of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., was a speaker at the New Markets Tax Credit Investors Conference in Chicago, October 19-21. He presented “Leveraging Government Loans with New Market Credits,” highlighting 108, CDBG, EDI, and EDA loans used in a project with Mexicantown Community Development Corporation in Southwest Detroit.

The conference brought together property managers, developers, investors and other professionals to discuss changes and trends using new market tax credits in affordable housing and community development.

At Miller Canfield, Beach practices all aspects of municipal law, and county and state governmental law. He currently serves as city attorney for city of Rockwood, and has been special assistant city attorney to Royal Oak, Muskegon, Troy, Lansing, Grosse Pointe and many other municipalities across the state. He has represented Oakland County in condemnation work and is a special assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan in the same area. He was formerly city attorney for the city of Southfield and supervising assistant corporation counsel in charge of financing and development for the city of Detroit Law Department.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Board of Directors of the Public Law Section since 1982), State Bar of Florida, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (President, 2003-present) Michigan Municipal League Defense Attorneys (Chairman, Defense Fund, 2003-present), National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, and several civic organizations including the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Club, Detroit Economic Club, and the Detroit Institute of Art Founders’ Society. In 2001, he was elected chief executive officer of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Chapter. He was previously president since 1999.

He received his law degree from Wayne State University, and his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College.

He resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

The 350-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. was established in Detroit in 1852 and has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Saginaw, and Troy, Michigan. Other offices are located in New York City, Pensacola, Florida, Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ontario, and in Gdynia, Wroclaw, and Warsaw, Poland.