Michio Murakishi is a Senior Associate at Houseal Lavigne Associates with over 15 years of experience in community planning and economic development. Recognizing the significance of economic viability, he feels strongly that professional planning practices must be firmly rooted in financial and market realities, as well as pragmatic fiscal policies. To this end, Michio brings special expertise to the firm in the areas of economic development strategy, public-private deal negotiation, financial feasibility analysis, fiscal impact analysis, and market analysis.
Michio’s consulting experience has concentrated principally on structuring complex real estate financial transactions for numerous public- and private-sector clients. He guides real estate development projects from the visioning stage through project implementation and construction, working closely with both municipalities and developers. His representative work includes the negotiation of a public-private financing structure for the $110 million Wheeling Town Center mixed-use development project, providing development advisory services to the ownership group of the iconic Cermak Plaza shopping center, securing public funding in support of a LEED-certified renovation of the historic Inland Steel Building, and serving as lead TIF analyst on the Olympic Village financing plan included in the Chicago 2016 bid book submitted to the International Olympic Committee. In addition, Michio recently authored an article titled “Amazon HQ2: Lessons for local economic development” for the Illinois City County Management Association.
Prior to joining Houseal Lavigne Associates, Michio worked at the Bureau of Economic Development in the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Before that, he spent several years operating his own consulting practice, worked in the national Capital Markets group at Jones Lang LaSalle, and held a senior position at SB Friedman Development Advisors. Michio received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Master of Community Planning degree as a HUD Fellow.