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Vista Site Selection Welcomes Chris Magill as Managing Director


Chris Magill

Vista Site Selection, an ancillary business of the Vorys law firm, announced today that Chris Magill has joined as a managing director.  Magill will assist clients in achieving growth through preparation of economic impact analyses, development of economic development strategies, implementation of site selection strategies and the structuring of financial incentives.  He will be based in Columbus, Ohio.


Magill has significant experience consulting on capital investment projects and has strategically negotiated and analyzed tax credit, grant and loan-financing solutions for capital investment projects in 20 different states.  He also has significant experience utilizing data analytics to help better inform business leaders and economic development officials on a project’s ROI, economic impacts, site decisions and market conditions.


“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Vista Site Selection team,” said Matt Samler, Vista Site Selection’s senior managing director.  “Chris has experience across the country helping clients from a wide variety of industries.  He will be a vital resource for our clients as they seek out the best location for their business locations.” 


Earlier in his career, Magill served as the executive director of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for the Ohio Department of Development. In this role, he was responsible for managing more than $1 billion in business tax credit programs annually including Ohio’s flagship business tax credit programs, the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC), Job Retention Tax Credit (JRTC), the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC) and various abatement and exemption programs.


“Vista Site Selection has an elite team of talented economic development, site selection and data professionals,” said Magill.  “The business is unique to the marketplace, using data analytics to provide cutting edge solutions quite unlike anything growing businesses and communities have seen before. I am looking forward to helping the team grow and expand our work across the United States.”


Magill was named to the Columbus Business First 2022 40 under 40 Class and was the only private-sector representative selected for the 2014 Columbus Business First “20 People to Know in Government.” He also serves as the vice president of the board of directors to the Ohio Statewide Development Corporation and has been published in Area Development Magazine.


Magill earned a B.S. from Bowling Green State University and an M.B.A. from Ohio University.  He also has a Certification of Data Analytics and a Certification of Economic Measurement from National Association of Business Economists.


About Vista Site Selection: Launched in September 2022, Vista Site Selection, LLC is dedicated to helping companies choose the most advantageous and economically viable sites for strategic investments. Learn more at

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