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Missouri Direct Financial Incentives 2011

Missouri's economic development, finance, and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. Specific programs include the Quality Jobs Act, Missouri BUILD, and customized job training.

Area Development Online Research Desk (March 2011)
Quality Jobs Act
This tax credit program is available to eligible businesses that pay an average wage for new jobs created that exceeds the average county wage, and the company provides insurance benefits to the new employees. The benefits of the program are retention of the state withholding tax of the new jobs, and tax credits (fully refundable or sellable). The amount of the benefit is formula-based.

Missouri BUILD
The Missouri Business Use Incentives for Large-scale Development (BUILD) program provides a financial incentive for the location or expansion of large business projects. The incentives are designed to reduce necessary infrastructure and equipment expenses if a project can demonstrate a need for funding. Eligible companies must meet capital investment and job creation requirements.

Missouri Customized Job Training
Missouri's Customized Training Program provides assistance to eligible Missouri businesses to reduce training costs and improve productivity. Training may include technical or soft skills, and training assistance may be available for training costs such as curriculum development, instructional salaries, and training materials.

Missouri Community College New Jobs Training
The Missouri Community College New Jobs Training Program provides assistance in reducing the cost associated with expanding a workforce or locating a new facility in the state of Missouri through training services that are customized to the specific needs of the industry or general occupational skill training. Funds for classroom or on-the-job training are paid for with employee withholding taxes.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Tax Credits
Through the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Program, eligible companies that locate in a zone can receive tax credits for up to 10 years. Tax credits are based on the state economic benefit, supported by the number of new jobs and new capital investment the project creates.

Chapter 100 Property Tax Abatement
Provides a sales tax exemption on tangible personal property purchased through Chapter 100 bonds for non-manufacturing purchases. Companies eligible for Chapter 100 bond financing include manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, office, research and development, agricultural processing, and services in interstate commerce.

Industrial Development Bonds
Missouri offers a variety of methods of issuing tax-exempt and taxable bonds for industrial development. The Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) issues these bonds in any area of the state.

The Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority provides low-interest bond financing for projects that would reduce, control, and prevent damage to the environment; and encourage research and development of alternative energy sources and facilities.

Municipalities, counties, and incorporated towns issue industrial development bonds for factories and plants in assembling, manufacturing, fabricating, and processing to aid job generation in new and expanding firms.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program provides an incentive for the redevelopment of commercial and residential historic structures in Missouri. The program provides state tax credits equal to 25 percent of eligible costs and expenses of the rehabilitation of approved historic structures.

Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act (MODESA)
The Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act facilitates the redevelopment of downtown areas and the creation of jobs by providing essential public infrastructure. Central business districts that are either "blighted" or a "conservation area" are eligible. At least 50 percent of the buildings must be 35 years old or older, and other restrictions apply.

Industrial Infrastructure Grants
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Industrial Infrastructure Grant program assists local governments in the development of public infrastructure that allows industries to locate new facilities, expand existing facilities, and prevent the closing of a facility or the relocation of a facility outside the state.

Action Fund Loan Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Fund Loan program provides loans to certain types of for-profit companies that need funds for start-up or expansion and have exhausted other sources. Projects can only be in a "non-entitlement" area - a city under 50,000 in population or a county under 200,000 in population. Loans can be used for machinery, equipment, and working capital as gap loans.

Foreign Trade Zones
Missouri's multiple Foreign Trade Zones keep business costs low. For companies looking to engage in foreign trade, Missouri has three trade zones throughout the state - Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield.

Rebuilding Communities Tax Credit Program
The purpose of Missouri's Rebuilding Communities Tax Credit program is to stimulate business activity in the state's "distressed communities" by providing tax credits to eligible businesses that locate, relocate or expand their business within a distressed community.

Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Credits
Missouri's Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Credit program provides financial incentives for the redevelopment of commercial/industrial sites that are contaminated with hazardous substances and have been abandoned or underutilized for at least three years. Tax credits may be issued for up to 100 percent of the cost of remediating the project property.

Missouri State Contact:
Missouri Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 118
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-9045 or (800) 523-1434


Incentive and tax information is provided to Area Development by each state's economic development or commerce agency for information purposes only and is subject to revision at any time by the state government. Please contact the state agency directly for full requirements and offerings.

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