Company Background

Graham A. Allison & Associates provides full-service business and economic development consulting to clients with operations or planned expansions in the Lower Midwest. GAA serves as a strategic partner with a commitment to developing the deep relationships necessary for successful development.

Graham has extensive development expertise in a range of industries, including commercial real estate, advanced materials, and energy. In addition, GAA has a stellar network of associates in finance, law, engineering, communications, and other key disciplines. Together, we are your one-stop resource for advice, advocacy, and execution.

Business Development

Graham’s business development expertise includes expansions of all sizes. Working with some of the most complex capital stacks, Graham maximizes ROI for GAA’s clients.

Recent partnerships include:

  • $250,000 grant for an advanced manufacturing company
  • $13 million in tax savings for a mixed-use real estate project
  • $100,000 in municipal tax credits for one of Ohio’s fastest growing companies
  • $3 million savings in labor costs for a $40 million manufacturing expansion
  • Successfully advocated for the development of a public-private partnership and secured a grant to move the company from research and development to market entry

Opportunity Zone Development Group

Recognizing opportunity zones as a once-in-a-generation economic development incentive, Graham is CEO and Co-Founder of Opportunity Zone Development Group. GAA is widely known as the go-to opportunity zone consultant in Ohio. As a thought-leader and fund manager, GAA has extensive success in creating and raising Qualified Opportunity Funds and Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses.

Economic Development

Graham has worked with companies on more than $1 billion in investments, resulting in the creation and retention of more than 10,000 jobs for the state of Ohio. Graham also served as Ohio’s lead on steel and energy projects and is highly experienced working with the pharmaceutical industry, environmental regulatory agencies, and consumer advocacy initiatives.


Graham earned his MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. He also studied at L’Ecole Commerciale de la Chamber de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (Advancia) in Paris and speaks fluent Spanish and French.


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