n less than eight months from its conditional designation as a California Enterprise Zone, the City of Hesperia, a southern California community of 102,940, now offers some assistance that few cities can ... state tax incentives.On March 22, 2010, the City of Hesperia executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Department of Housing and Community Development, vesting Hesperia with its final designation as an Enterprise Zone (EZ).
Among the scores of applications submitted, Hesperia's high evaluations validated the tremendous effort put forth by the City Council, Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency, and the dozens of regional organizations who pledged resources to support the on-going implementation of the EZ. As a result, substantial local incentives and state tax credits and benefits of the Hesperia Enterprise Zone are now available and remain in effect until March 31, 2025, with some benefits extending beyond the life of the zone.
"For over 18 months, staff worked diligently on the Enterprise Zone application to ensure limited questions or conditions existed after conditional designation," said Deputy Director Steven J. Lantsberger. He continued, "We are now looking ahead at how the EZ will provide businesses with a competitive advantage in respect to a lower cost of doing business in California. Ultimately, the combined benefits of state and city incentives will lead to business growth and job generation."
And to that end, Hesperia has recently added a Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) to its armory of business benefits. As one of 35 California RMDZs, Hesperia's program combines economic development with recycling to provide financially attractive incentives for new businesses, expansion of existing facilities, job creation, and reduction of the waste stream headed to landfills. The RMDZ provides free market research, technical assistance and below-market rate loans to qualified manufacturing firms. Located in an ideal logistics hub of the Inland Empire, both zones encompass city-owned rail-accessible land.
Armed with lucrative zone-exclusive benefits and incentives, this team of performance-motivated economic development professionals makes it their mission to put businesses in Hesperia on the path to success. To find out more about operating in one of the most innovative Enterprise Zones in the country, or to request information about Hesperia's RMDZ, contact Steven Lantsberger at (760) 947-1906, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.cityofhesperia.us/econdev.
uring the past two years, the City of SeaTac, Wash., has continued to see resounding success after its business and civic leaders took the initiative to make the city more attractive to business. The City of SeaTac strives to make doing business easier — whether by consolidating departments, creating new roles or changing policies, SeaTac works continuously to streamline the process for businesses.
SeaTac’s location midway between Seattle and Tacoma, its proximity and easy access to highways, two light rail stations and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the fact that the city is on high, dry ground makes it a very desirable location for doing business.
Looking ahead, the United States government is continuing its search for several thousand square feet of office space to house the regional FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) headquarters, one of three nationally. SeaTac has proposed four viable locations that fit all of the FAA’s initial requirements, particularly those requirements related to the transportation options for FAA staff and visitors.
Sound Transit, the regional transportation agency, has accelerated the extension of their light rail line and will construct a new station at the corner of South 200th Street and Inter- national Boulevard, to be completed in 2015. This will provide additional incentives to redevelop the nearby area into a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development site.
The City of SeaTac has defied national trends and statistics by being proactive with their economic development plans, as can be seen by the growth of the city in terms of businesses, construction and diversity.
mid the pristine desert of the Santa Cruz Valley in southwestern Pinal County, Arizona, the Ak-Chin Indian Community has developed its newest enterprise—the Santa Cruz Commerce Center. Conveniently located just west of the Ak-Chin-owned Phoenix Regional Airport between the Arizona cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande, 16 miles south of Phoenix and 75 miles northwest of Tucson, the Commerce Center offers access to major thoroughfares including Interstates 8 and 10 as well as state highways 347, 238 and 84. With renovations to the Airport’s 5,000-foot runway, lighting, and fueling installation commencing later this year, the Commerce Center offers a unique zone of opportunity to businesses who seek a regional transportation hub.
Low Utility and Tax Rates Offer Greater Savings
The Commerce Center is the largest fully improved industrial park in the area. It was completely renovated between 2007 and 2008 when new streets and landscaping were installed and all utilities were upgraded. Police, fire, water, sewer and electrical utilities are maintained by the Ak-Chin Indian Community and offer the advantage of lower utility rates and substantial savings on real property tax.
Zoned for I-1 and I-2 use, the Commerce Center is ideal for green industries, tech businesses, small manufacturing operations and other types of light industrial and office/warehouse/showroom operations. More than 50 acres of shovel-ready lots ranging from 1.2 acres and up are immediately available for ground lease and may be reconfigured to fit project needs.
Highly Educated Workforce Offers Ready Labor Pool
The Commerce Center puts you easily within range of ready labor pools from Maricopa, Casa Grande, Chandler and the Ak-Chin Indian Community. According to a 2009 Labor Study, in the Maricopa area alone, the workforce is highly educated “with 53% working in management and other professional occupations.” Moreover, “the majority of the Maricopa workforce would leave their current company [in the Phoenix area] for a closer workplace and over 60% would even consider changing their career or accepting reduced pay if a local job presented an opportunity.”
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