he Port of Seattle's Foreign Trade Zone #5 shares the advantages of similar zones throughout the country, including the potential to defer, reduce or potentially eliminate customs duties, fees and federal excise taxes. Operating a business in SeaTac, Wash., within FTZ #5, offers the opportunity for a strong business to get stronger and a new business to become profitable more quickly.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is inside the SeaTac city limits. With three runways that operate without curfews, congestion delays are not an issue. The City sits at the intersection of several freeways offering excellent surface-transportation options. The seaports of Seattle and Tacoma are each just 30 minutes away, with cargo facilities to suit most needs and planned redevelopment of nearly 200 acres of Port of Seattle–owned property.
The City continues to attract family wage jobs such as those provided by the light manufacturing and logistics sectors that can utilize the 20 U.S. — and 14 foreign-flagged air cargo carriers that are supported by a concentration of freight forwarders, customs brokers and distribution centers.
"There are no utility, headcount or local business and occupation taxes in the City of SeaTac," said City Manager Todd Cutts. "Also, we have recently added new software to increase the efficiency of our application and permitting process."
And the City recently established the Department of Community and Economic Development that merges all planning, building, engineering, code enforcement, permitting and economic development services under one director. The consolidated department creates the most efficient process possible for any company looking to relocate or expand their existing business.
Location, low overhead costs, efficiency and increased opportunity make SeaTac the perfect place for business.
On the Rail Road to Progress: City of Hesperia Celebrates New Rail Lead Track
The City of Hesperia owns 88 acres of rail accessible land.
he City of Hesperia recently completed construction of the G Avenue Industrial Rail Lead Track surrounded by 200 acres of vacant, affordable industrially zoned land. Served by BNSF Railway, the newest lead track in Southern California has nearby access to both Interstate 15 and Highway 395 allowing for easy access to all areas of the western U.S.
The $8.1 million G Avenue Industrial Rail Lead Track project consists of nearly one mile of railroad lead track and runaround in Hesperia's Industrial core. One of the few viable locations in Southern California to develop rail infrastructure for industrial use, Hesperia's lead track will support long-term development of the regional economy by providing the rail backbone to develop spurs, and a team trans-load facility for businesses that require rail access.The track opens numerous possibilities for companies looking to ship and receive goods nationwide and utilize Southern California Logistics and Ontario International Airports, and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
"Estimates indicate this rail project will result in the creation of 400 new jobs over the next five years," said Mayor Russ Blewett. "The City of Hesperia Enterprise Zone Program is ready to help businesses needing rail access by improving their bottom line through reductions totheir state income tax liability."
The lead track is within Hesperia's Enterprise Zone (EZ) providing valuable tax benefits to those businesses looking for a rail location. EZ benefits include the Hiring Credit which can provide businesses with a state tax credit of up to $37,440 per qualified employee, thus freeing up needed cash for business expansion.
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