Business Incentives

State Incentives

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has many incentive programs available for companies creating jobs and raising income in Indiana. Economic development incentives include tax credits based on job creation and capital investment, training grants and public infrastructure assistance.

The IEDC offers a number of incentive program specifically for high-growth companies with high-skilled jobs:

The IEDC also manages two programs to assist with business finance:

  • Capital Access Program (CAP) The CAP program provides businesses with access to capital by encouraging lenders who participate in the program to make loans they may not otherwise make.
  • Industrial Development Project Guaranty Fund – The Guaranty Program can help a borrower obtain financing from their lender when they do not qualify for conventional financing.

Finally, Indiana has available a number of programs to encourage research & development activities in Indiana:

  • Patent Income Exemption – To spur additional patent activity, taxpayers are exempt from certain income derived from qualified utility and plant patents.
  • Research and Development Sales Tax Exemption – This program exempts a business from 100 percent of the sales tax on research and development equipment acquired after June 20, 2007
  • Research and Development Tax Credit – The qualified research expense credit has been increased to 15 percent on the first $1 million of investment.

In addition, The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) is authorized to issue tax-exempt bonds, which lower the cost of financing for manufacturing projects and certain other qualified projects.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corporation

USDA Incentives

Business and Industry Loan Guarantees – Bolsters the availability of private credit by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses.

Rural Business Development Grants – A grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas.

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program – Provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations.

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants – Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small business for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficient improvements.

Value Added Producer Grants – Helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products.

Source: USDA Rural Development

Local Incentives

Whitley County units of government have consistently approved tax abatements to phase-in property taxes assessed on new building construction or the purchase of equipment for manufacturing, research and development, logistical distribution and information technology.

Whitley County is also home to the largest Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District in the state, which allows property taxes derived from a new project in the district to be used to finance public infrastructure or other project related costs.

Income Tax (CEDIT) – Are dollars used to encourage job creating economic development projects. The Whitley County EDC Investment Board reviews requests for business incentives and makes recommendations to the County Commissioners on how to utilize these funds

Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF) – The Whitley County EDC also has a low-interest revolving loan program (RLF) in which individuals or startup and existing businesses can apply. Download the EDC Revolving Loan Fund handout to learn more.