FOCUS St. Louis has selected partner Amelia Lewis for the 2013-2014 class of Leadership St. Louis, one of the most respected leadership development programs in the nation.
Starting in September, Lewis — along with other leaders from the financial, health care, nonprofit and education sectors — will embark on a nine-month immersion in all facets of the St. Louis community. On-site visits will connect the leaders with critical issues facing the St. Louis community in the areas of economic development, race, poverty, the environment, and more.
Lewis, formerly Amelia Frankel, is a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate group. Lewis focuses her practice on financing transactions involving federal and state new markets, historic, and low-income housing tax credits, and a variety of state tax credit programs, including brownfield tax credits. For more than a decade, Lewis has worked extensively on projects involving the New Market Tax Credit. She is one of approximately 60 reviewers selected nationwide by the U.S. Treasury Department to read and score applications for New Market Tax Credits allocations, which are awarded once a year by the federal government.
Among Lewis' most significant achievements is her work on the $700 million Ballpark Village Project. Lewis has worked on the project since its inception, and has led all real estate and tax structuring for the deal on behalf of the joint venture formed by the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies.