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February Incentives Update

Monday, March 5, 2018  
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Helping Communities Make Sound Decisions


Earlier this month, we were pleased to discuss ways cities can use incentives to achieve equitable economic outcomes in a webinar for the Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, an initiative of the National League of Cities, PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute. We invite you todownload our presentationto learn more.

To kick off March, we are looking forward to presenting a course on incentives and economic development policy at this week’s national meeting of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers.

If you have questions or special interest in any of our presentations, including the two mentioned here, please feel free to reply to this email.




For more information on Opportunity Zones, please see theresource pagefrom our partners at the Council of Development Finance Agencies.



Check out our latest Smart Incentives blog articles:

Surveys Show Public Backing for Economic Development Incentives
Check the recentpolls that show continued public support for using incentives for business attraction and expansion efforts.

3 Things We've Learned So Far From Tax Abatement Disclosures
State and local governments have begun disclosing financial information about tax abatement agreements. We offer three takeaways based on Good Jobs First's Subsidy Tracker 2, which aggregates disclosed data.

Certain State and Local Incentives Will Be Treated as Federal Taxable Income
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes some state and local incentives taxable, an important change sure to affect incentive policies across the country. Quarles & Brady LLP lays out what you need to know in this guest article.



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