Each SWJOCO EDC partner has its own incentive policies. In 2015, the City of Gardner approved a new incentive policy. In addition, the state of Kansas offers a diverse portfolio of financial incentives. Below is a list of potential state and local incentives:

State Incentives

  Certified Development Companies (CDC)
  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
  Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credit
  Renewable Energy Incentives
  High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP)
  Individual Development Account (IDA) Tax Credit Program
  Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR)
  Kansas Industrial Training (KIT)
  Private Activity Bonds (PABs)
  Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) Program
  Property Tax Abatement Assistance
  Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ)
  Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) Bonds
  State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
  Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Local Incentives

  Benefit Districts are a financing and development tool whereby cities can issue general obligation bonds for construction of public improvements and assess the cost to properties that benefit.

  Community Improvement District (CID) allows a commercial property owner to petition the City to levy special assessments or impose up to an additional 2% sales tax within a CID to fund eligible project costs.

  Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB) Local governments may provide a 50% tax abatement to new and existing businesses on real property investments if the project meets certain criteria.

  Neighborhood Revitalization Area (NRA) was established to encourage reinvestment in the City’s Original Town.

  Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a development tool which allows cities to pay a portion of redevelopment costs for a new development which is located in the state Enterprise Zone, in a Blighted Area or a Conservation Area.

  Transportation Development District (TDD) is a special taxing district whereby a petitioner of 100% of the landowners in an area request either the levy of special assessments or the imposition of a sales tax of up to 1% on goods and services sold within a given area.

  Downtown Enhancement District is a special district offered by the City of Gardner offering tax rebates of 95% for 10 years on incremental additional property taxes assessed as a result of property improvements, within a specifically designated geographical area.