The State of Colorado offers a host of incentives for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Colorado provides performance-based incentives to qualifying companies that create new jobs, and offers customized training grants.
Please visit the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's (OEDIT) webpage AdvanceColorado.com for more detailed information. If you feel your business might qualify for any of these incentives, please contact Region 9.
The Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit provides a state income tax credit to businesses undertaking job creation projects that would not occur in Colorado without this program.
The Strategic Fund Cash Incentive program supports and encourages new business development, business expansions and relocations that have generated new jobs throughout the state. In some cases, the Strategic Cash Fund may also be able to provide support for initiatives led by non-profit entities pertaining to key industries or regional development.
Colorado's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state.
The Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are jointly administered by OEDIT and the Colorado Community College System. The state may be able to provide specific support to retain jobs or offers business-friendly tools that assist in retaining jobs (such as the Enterprise Zone Program) for this grant. In Southwest Colorado, please contact the SW Colorado Community College, 970-247-2929 ext. 7238 for more information.
The Infrastructure Assistance program is designed to create new permanent jobs and retain existing jobs, primarily for low? and moderate?income persons. The state may be able to provide specific support to retain jobs or offers business-friendly tools that assist in retaining jobs (such as the Enterprise Zone Program) for this grant. The Infrastructure Assistance program is designed to create new permanent jobs and retain existing jobs, primarily for low? and moderate?income persons. This federally-funded program encourages new business development, expansions, and retentions of businesses located in non? entitlement cities and counties.
Typically, eligible improvements are owned and/or maintained by a public or quasi-public entity. Funds may be provided for the construction and/or improvement of:
Colorado promotes its biotechnology industries by providing them with a taxpayer-friendly means to recover the sales and use previously-paid tax expenses on equipment and supplies used for research and development.
Aircraft manufacturers located in a Colorado aviation development zone may qualify for a state income tax credit of $1,200 per new employee.
The federally-funded CDBG Planning and Feasibility Study grant program provides funding to determine the feasibility of a project or to plan for a project to be located in Colorado. These projects need to meet an economic development objective, and create or retain permanent jobs primarily for low- and moderate- income persons. OEDIT has $75,000 available annually to fund requests.
Colorado provides several financing tools for businesses throughout Colorado including debt and equity financing, cash incentives, grants, and tax credits to support economic development activities that improve and support employment opportunities. Programs include the Regional Tourism Act and the Venture Capital Authority.
Local government and community organizations can offer incentives such as waiver of fees, expedited land use review and approval, actual cash payments, grant sponsorship, etc. Those must be negotiated, and Region 9 can serve as a resource.
Local Government Incentives in an Enterprise Zone
Any city, county or special district within an enterprise zone is authorized to negotiate with individual taxpayers who have qualifying new business facilities:
a) an incentive payment or property tax credit equal to not more than the amount of the increase in property tax liability over pre-enterprise zone levels; and
b) a refund of local sales taxes on purchases of equipment, machinery, machine tools, or supplies used in the taxpayer's business in the enterprise zone.
For example, if the Town's mill levy of a vacant lot is a $100, then when a building is built and equipment installed, the Town's mill levy might increase to a thousand dollars, the increase of the $900.00 is something the town could waive. Usually, this is phased over time, for example, the first year, 100% of the tax increase is abated, the second year it is 80%, the third year it is 60%, etc.
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