Mike Locher


Michael L. Locher, Managing Director

Mike Locher joined Development Advisors (DAI) in 2017.  Mike is well versed in the financial benefits of federal, state, and local incentive programs and has the ability to design tailored packages for our clients that maximize incentive opportunities.

Mike is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S., Accounting) and recently completed a 28-year, public accounting career as a partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.  He comes to DAI with a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience assisting businesses with federal, state, and local incentive programs, along with the qualification/compliance requirements that accompany these programs.  

Throughout the course of his public accounting career, Mike has built strong relationships as a trusted advisor to state and local economic development agencies, trade organizations, site selection businesses, and project lenders. In addition, Mike has also worked with professional firms (accountants, attorneys, architects, and other consultants) which will prove extremely valuable in maximizing benefits for our clients.


Bachelor of Science, Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Certified Public Accountant - VA - 06743


Our Four-Step Process Is The Framework For Your Confidential Location Solution


Establish Project Scope


Site Selection & Incentive Analysis


Maximize Incentives Through Negotiation



Our Approach

CEOs and CFOs recognize they are not experts in location analysis and that their companies do not maximize incentives associated with new or routine capital investments. Our highly skilled team of former public officials and senior business executives has worked with clients throughout the United States on engagements ranging from $2 million to $1 billion in capital investment. Our diverse industry sector knowledge, subject matter expertise, and market understanding––combined with our background in the public sector––consistently add value to your capital investment decisions.


“EQT Corporation has a positive impression of Development Advisors. They are easy and flexible to work with, listen well to client concerns or approaches, were tenacious yet judicious in pursuing potential site selection and associated economic development incentives, and overall were a good advocate for EQT Corporation. We would not hesitate to consider their services again or to recommend them.”

Thomas A. Slowey/ Manager of Corporate Tax Planning EQT Corporation