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Incentives Resource Center

Incentives, primarily in the form of tax abatements, are one of the most popular, prominent and efficient forms of direct development assistance. Incentives are generally not categorized as “financing” but rather a tool to reduce financial barriers facing businesses, investors or industry. As such, CDFA focuses exclusively on tax abatements when discussing incentives.

A tax abatement is the relief of tax liability by a tax-payer. For example, if a company locates a plant in a community, it may ask for and receive a tax abatement for relief of all or a portion of its property tax liability. Tax abatements are provided at both the state and local level and can be applied to property, sales, income or other tax liabilities.

Nearly every state authorizes the use of tax abatements. However, many communities do not employ this tool a part of their incentive policy. Conversely, many communities are very aggressive in their use of tax abatements. State agencies are particularly active in the use of tax abatements as incentives to attract and retain businesses.

Tax abatements also come with a considerable amount of accountability. In recent years, the use of tax abatements has spiked in controversy throughout the country. Greater due diligence measures and performance based awarding of tax abatements is becoming common place in development industry. In addition, tools such as smart analytics and abatement reduction have also emerged to ensure accountability on the part of government and business when employing tax abatements.

+Incentives Policies & Procedures

Policies and procedures are the guiding principals behind the use of incentives. CDFA collects policies from communties across the country.

Colorado Legislative Update
Dee Wisor discusses the state's economic development finance climate, access to capital opportunities and the prospect for economic advancement. In addition, find out what development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse and how the political environment on Capital Hill might affect the industry in Colorado.
SC Financing for Workforce/Affordable Housing
Ivory Mathews discusses how important contributor's to a community's workforce are in need of affordable housing close to their jobs. Workforce housing produces a more sustainable local economy which allows workers to afford to live near their place of employment. Learn how this movement is building in South Carolina and learn about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing available.
SC Legislative Update
Sara Hazzard with SCEDA and Tushar Chikhliker with Nexsen Pruet discuss the latest legislative updates in South Carolina. What development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry?
Tax Abatement Renewal Application & Report Sample
This sample is an annual questionnaires used by Lawrence, KS to collect economic development compliance information from the recipients of tax incentives.
Designing and Deploying California Competes
Kristen Kane from IBank gives an overview of the California Competes tax credits program. Topics include determining credits available for allocation, application process and eligibility criteria, agreements, approval, and oversight.
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Communities throughout the country use incentives every day and CDFA collects headlines on projects and news daily.

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+Training Courses

The Intro Incentives course considers how incentives are used in today’s economic environment and outlines steps that are being taken to reduce risk and achieve better outcomes. In particular, this course addresses the characteristics of well-designed incentive programs and processes to ensure meaningful impact, value, and accountability.

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CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Exploring the Impact of GASB 77
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, our expert speakers provide an in depth look into the implications of this new accounting standard.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Retail as Economy: The Math Behind Financing Retail Development
This month’s CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series discussed strategies for financing retail development.

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