Jubal Smith is a Managing Director and leader of JLL’s Location Economics Practice where he leads a team of geographic location and finance professionals.
Jubal’s leadership and experience secures effective financial incentives and offers site location counsel to global companies across all industry sectors.
Jubal has led business incentive negotiations and site selection for some of the largest and most impactful projects in the U.S. for 23 years, including a multi-billion dollar semiconductor manufacturing plant, a major automotive assembly facility, a state of the art aerospace manufacturing facility, Fortune 500 headquarter relocations, and a five thousand employee financial service center. He has also secured location and financial incentives for a multitude of small to mid-size companies ranging from small food manufacturing operations to back office operations.
Prior to joining JLL, Jubal served as Director of Site Location and Business Incentives at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked with the state and local tax team to solve complex site location and incentive issues related to corporate, sales/use, payroll, and property taxes. Client solutions included securing intricate and often overlooked financial savings imbedded in state and local tax code and negotiating win/win agreements.
In addition, Jubal led Economic Development for The City of Austin, Texas where he worked with a broad range of high tech companies providing leading edge business development strategy. Jubal was also Manager with a Fortune 500 electric utility corporation, named one of the top ten companies in the nation for economic development leadership.
Education and affiliations
Jubal is consistently named a JLL Top Achiever, is professionally Certified in Economic Development, and holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi where his academic focus was on Economic Geography. He also holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi State University. Jubal is a frequent speaker at National Economic Development Conferences, The Institute for Professionals in Taxation, State Economic Development Courses, and corporate leadership events.