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Taxes / Incentives


Leading Practices to Consider When Beginning the Location Decision Process

Michele Kitch, Senior Manager, State and Local Tax, KPMG (Directory 2015)

Identifying all stakeholders early on, defining evaluation criteria, staying ahead of the changing environment, and assessing risk lead to obtaining an appropriate site and avoiding costly mishaps. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Lower Corporate Tax Rate Rates = Stronger Economies

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)

A state’s corporate tax rate is usually a bedrock indicator of its business-friendliness and a simple but substantial number that has a huge long-haul impact on the financial performance of a new plant or other facility. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: State & Local Incentives Figure More Heavily

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)

The importance of state and local incentives smashed up through the ranks of site selection factors to #8 in Area Development’s most recent Corporate Survey from #13 a year earlier. And, with big money at stake, states are more careful to make sure they are getting what they pay for. More

Securing Incentives With a Well-Paid Workforce

Robert Foley, Manager, Global Location & Expansion Services, KPMG LLLP (Q4 2014)

As a growing number of states augment their business incentives with Quality Jobs programs, manufacturing, technology and other high value-add companies are well positioned to potentially reap significant and often enhanced tax and non-tax benefits. More

Going Beyond Traditional Metrics in the Site Location Process to Find a Perfect “Fit”

Justin T. Bickle, Economic Development Specialist, Niagara Bottling, LLC (Q4 2014)

A comprehensive location strategy looks beyond the financial and real estate aspects of a community and carefully identifies characteristics that are not found in data sets, culminating in a project agreement that places emphasis on “community fit” and “service after sale” in addition to incentive programming. More

Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

Dennis Cuneo, Managing Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Q3 2014)

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More

Front Line: Tesla’s New Battery Plant to Bring Electric Vehicles to the Masses

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

A comprehensive incentives package (pending legislative approval), proximity to natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential are significant factors that will improve Tesla’s odds of success in the “get things done state.” More

Advanced Manufacturers Utilize Incentives to Improve Financial Performance

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (Advanced Industries 2014)

Incentives have moved from the fringes of a project to being a part of the competitiveness equation in bringing manufacturers back to the U.S. More

Canada’s Competitive Corporate Tax Landscape

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2014)

Canada has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the business tax landscape. Once known for having one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the developed world, Canada now has one of the lowest rates of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial economies and is near the middle of the pack of OECD countries. More

First Person: Aerospace Industry Focuses on Technological Growth and Job Retention

Jeff Troan, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporate Treasury (Q2 2014)

Jeff Troan, of Lockheed Martin, talks to staff writer Clare Goldsberry about economic development issues facing the aerospace industry including priorities when making location decisions and the value of incentives. More

Texas Today 2014: A Magnet for Job Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

Low taxes, smart regulation, and skilled workers - not to mention probusiness incentives — are among the reasons Texas is continuing to build on its huge and diverse economy. More

Why the C-Suite Should Focus on Incentives

Rebecca Truelove, Business Incentives Partner, Ernst & Young and Judith Garner, Senior Manager, Financial Services, Ernst & Young (Q2 2014)

As governments at all levels increase their use of incentives, companies must figure out how to best capitalize on these offerings to increase their competitive advantage. More

How Companies Can Get the Utility Packages They Need

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2014)

Energy availability is a vital factor in any site selection process. Making an energy decision is more than just cost per kilowatt-hour — a well-designed utility plan should also take into account grid capacity, rate structure, service/distribution, and related utilities, such as wastewater treatment. More

Low Costs + Skilled Workforce = A Perfect Fit

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC and Natalie Matwijiszyn, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce 2014)

The site selection process has always been a complex balancing act of finding the “perfect” combination between the ideal physical location and the most qualified and available workforce, with the cost of doing business in each location tempering the two considerations. More

Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Ivestment Consulting Associates and Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Location USA 2014)

International investors can avail themselves of incentives to develop conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy and other innovative technologies. More

Michigan Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Michigan's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Wyoming Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Wyoming's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

West Virginia Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

West Virginia's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Washington Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Washington's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Vermont Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Vermont's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More