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Fall 2016

Downtown Redevelopment Districts: Overview and Implementation Strategies

By: Scott Ziance and Chris Clements

Amended Substitute House Bill 233 (HB 233), which became effective August 5, 2016, established the procedure for designating so-called downtown redevelopment districts (DRDs) and innovation districts. These districts operate much like tax increment financing (TIF) areas except that the collected service payments generally can be utilized for a wider range of uses than TIF service payments. These powerful new tools can also be combined with many existing economic development incentive opportunities to maximize value. The key to the successful implementation of DRDs and innovation districts is determining when to utilize the correct incentives mix in the given circumstances.  Read more.

Is Your Project a Candidate for NMTC Funding?

By: Joseph B. Mann and Kelly B. Bissinger

The federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program was created in 2000 for the purpose of encouraging investment in businesses and commercial projects, including real estate development, that benefit low-income communities.  The NMTC program is not permanent, but rather is subject to Congressional renewal.  Historically renewal has often been for one to two years at a time.  However, in 2015 the NMTC program was extended through 2019, with $3.5 billion in allocation authority for each year in this period.  This unprecedented extension has created greater certainty that funding will be available to the NMTC program over the next several years (though the increased possibility of comprehensive tax reform as a result of the recent election results in additional uncertainty for federal income tax benefits generally).  The following provides a brief description of the NMTC program, and projects that may benefit from credits.  Read more.

Around the Web

Austin Mayor: Business Incentives Shouldn't Be ‘Bad Word'Austin Monitor

TIF Bond Issues Last Year Hit Highest Level Since 2006Wall Street Journal

TIF for tat: Mayors make renewed push for development tax incentivePhoenix Business Journal

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William D.G. Baldwin

Aaron S. Berke

Kelly B. Bissinger

Bryan H. Falk

Nicholas R. House

Joseph B. Mann

Jacinto A. Núñez

J. Theodore Smith

Kristin L. Woeste

Scott J. Ziance



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