Connecting you to grants and tax incentives to support your business growth in the Greater Rochester, NY region.
Hit the Ground Running in the Greater Rochester, NY Region
New York State, each of the nine counties in our region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates), and the City of Rochester, offer incentives to encourage business investments that drive economic growth and job creation. These incentives include tax exemptions, tax credits, special incentives, grants, and loans.
The incentives provided by economic development agencies are based on total capital investment, and job retention and/or creation by a company over 3 to 5 years. Programs are available individually or bundled as part of a comprehensive package for larger capital investments that retain or create jobs as well as projects that create many high paying jobs.
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How to Qualify For Business Incentives in the Greater Rochester, NY Region
Incentives may apply to companies:
- Acquiring land, buildings or machinery and equipment
- Constructing or renovating buildings for business operations, including leasehold improvements
- Constructing or improving infrastructure required for new location or expansion
- Training new or existing employees
Business Incentive Availability
The availability of each type of incentive is dependent upon the unique details of the project and the costs associated with it. Here are a few examples:
- Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit (refundable credit of 6.85 percent of wages per new job)
- Excelsior Investment Tax Credit (2% for qualified investments)
- Excelsior Research and Development Tax Credit (50% of the Federal Research and Development credit up to 3% of research expenditures in New York State)
- Excelsior Real Property Tax Credit (available in certain areas and targeted industries)
- Real Property Tax Exemption on improvements to the property over 10 or more years
- Personal Property, whether Tangible or Intangible, is Exempt from Ad Valorem Taxation
- Employee Training Incentive Program (tax credit of 50% on eligible training costs up to $10,000 per employee)
- Life Sciences Tax Credit Program (refundable tax credit of 15% for R&D in New York State)
- $30 Million New York State Photonics Attraction Fund
- No Corporate Income Tax for Qualified Manufacturers
- No Personal Property Tax in New York State
- Utility Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency support
- Low-Cost Power Allocations
- Sales and Mortgage Tax Abatements
- Low-Interest Loans and Interest Subsidies
- Opportunity Zone Investment Tax Benefits
- Foreign Trade Zone
- Recruitment Assistance and Training Grants
Learn More About How Your Business Can Benefit From Incentives
Easily Expand into International Markets
The Greater Rochester, NY region is strategically located in the Finger Lakes Region of Western NY on route I-90, with close proximity to major Northeast trading centers such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, DC.
As a mid-sized city, we have an average clearance time of 2 hours. This provides local companies with significant time and money savings when compared with New York City’s clearance time of up to 72 hours. In addition, our entry fees are much lower than major East Coast ports, such as New York City or Boston.
The Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone
Within the Rochester region, businesses located in Monroe County, Genesee County, Ontario County, Wayne County, Yates County, Seneca County, and Livingston County can utilize foreign trade zones (FTZs) to better manage their global supply chain costs.
- Elimination of duties on items exported directly from FTZ
- Elimination of duty drawback
- Reduction of duties/tariff inversion – allowing for the payment of duties on final products versus raw materials components
- Quota handling
- Reduction of weekly entry
- Duty deferral – duty only assessed when entered into commerce
- Less initial cash outlay
- Partial draw allowing you to use only what you need
- No time limit on merchandise to be stored in the FTZ
Try this Duty Savings Estimator Worksheet for FTZ Production to see if a Foreign Trade Zone can save your company money.
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