Andrew J. Hamilton, Executive Director
Currently Principal of the Opportunity Alliance, LLC, based in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois USA is a consortium of professionals that assist to business and government in achieving their strategic economic development & workforce objectives through governmental incentive negotiation, business tax credit and financing, and government representation services. Opportunity Alliance has a combined 56 years of experience in economic development, workforce and government relations at the local, state, federal and international levels. Some of Opportunity alliance client include, Walgreens, Motorola, US Steel, KONE, Navistar, Monsanto, International Coal Group, Alcoa, Dot Foods etc. www.opportunityalliance.com" www.opportunityalliance.com.
Currently President of Financial Solutions in Chicago, Illinois since 1993, which is a private firm which consults business and government on financial matters and assists business in obtaining financial assistance which includes low interest government loans, tax-exempt interest rate bonds, loan guarantees, and various tax-related benefits. Mr. Hamilton has facilitated over $3.9 Billion in financial capital since 1993.
Currently, Executive Director of the Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority (UIRVDA), since 1993, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Bureau, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Marshall, McHenry and Putnam and has issued over $251,000,000 in bonds and created over 2,800 jobs. www.uirvda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Regional Economic Development Authority (QCREDA), since 1995, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Carroll, Henry, Jo Davies, Knox, Lee, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside and has issued over $176,000,000 in bonds and created over 2,200 jobs. www.qcreda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Will Kankakee Regional Development Authority (WKRDA), since 1996, a regional bond authority that covers the Will and Kankakee counties in Illinois and has issued over $89,000,000 in bonds and created over 860 jobs. www.wkrda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Southeastern Illinois Economic Development Authority (SIEDA), since 2005, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash and Wayne and issued over $11,000,000 in bonds and created over 260 jobs. www.siedail.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Eastern Illinois Economic Development Authority (EIEDA), since 2009, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Coles, and Edgar and has issued over $119,000,000 in bonds that created over 370 jobs. They also facilitated the issuance of over $87,000,000 in education facilities bonds. www.eieda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Western Illinois Economic Development Authority (WIEDA), since 2009, a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Mason, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Warren and issued over $20,000,000 in bonds that created 120 jobs. They also facilitated the issuance of over $11,000,000 in Midwestern Disaster area bonds. www.wieda.com.
Currently, Executive Director of the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority (WIEDA), since 2011 a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois counties of Calhoun, Christian, DeWitt, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery and Sangamon, Illinois. and has issued over $10,000,000 in bonds that created over 190 jobs. www.cieda.co
Currently, Executive Director of the Tri-County River Valley Development Authority (TRVDA), since 2014 a regional bond authority that covers the Illinois Counties of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford. TRVDA is authorized to issue up to $250,000,000 in bonds. www.trvda.com.
Formerly in state government management at the at the Illinois commerce department, the chief economic development agency for the State of Illinois. His department oversaw accounting, budget and financial review offices which underwrote an $84 million loan and investment portfolio and analyzed over 350 applications annually. Mr. Hamilton has served as a Director on a number of public and private financing groups that administered US Small Business Administration programs and Industrial Revenue Bonds. Mr. Hamilton has served on the editorial board for several economic development magazines and authored numerous articles and commentaries in various magazines and local newspapers on economic development topics for groups such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the regulator of all nationally chartered banks.
Prior to employment in state government, Mr. Hamilton was a mortgage banker in Champaign, IL and a commercial banker in his hometown of Rantoul, Illinois. Mr. Hamilton also served a term as City Councilman in Rantoul. Mr. Hamilton's government experience includes an internship in the Illinois House of Representatives and a congressional fellowship in the US House of Representatives.
Mr. Hamilton is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL and also has a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science at the University. Mr. Hamilton was an instructor in the Commercial Lending School with the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. He is certified from the National Development Council in Economic Development Financing, Real Estate Financing, Business Credit Analysis and Advanced Deal Structuring. Andrew Hamilton, 1032 South Vine Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Tel: 866-325-7525, Fax: 847-430-3175, Email: email@example.com.