Economic development incentives


Midwestern US

BLS & Co. periodically revises the state incentive pages to ensure our firm is providing the most current information on legislative and regulatory developments affecting available programs. Updates will be posted in the near future. In the interim, please call BLS & Co. with any questions at 609.924.9775 or reach out via email at

Tax Credits

Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC):  Refundable and performance-based tax credit calculated as a percentage of created payroll and applied toward the company's commercial activity tax liability. Companies creating at least 10 jobs (within three years) with a minimum annual payroll of $660,000 and that pay at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage are eligible for the credit. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority must approve applicants before hiring begins.

Research & Development Investment Tax Credit:  This program provides a non-refundable credit equal to 7% of the amount of qualified research expenses in excess of the average investment in qualified expenses over the three previous tax years.  Unused credits can be carried forward for up to 7 years.

Incentives & Exemptions

Personal Property Tax Exemption:  All business personal property is exempt from property taxation in the state.

Sales Tax Exemption: Machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing process; material handling equipment used in warehouse and distribution facilities; equipment used for research and development purposes; and pollution control equipment are exempt from sales tax.

The Data Center Sales Tax Exemption: Data center operators that meet minimum investment and payroll thresholds may receive a full or partial sales tax exemption on the purchase of eligible equipment.

Grant and Financing Programs

JobsOhio Economic Development Grant: Discretionary grants are available to support manufacturing, R&D, high technology, corporate headquarters, and distribution projects that involve substantial capital investment and job creation. Grant funds can be used for machinery and equipment purchase costs, new building construction and acquisition costs, infrastructure improvements and other fixed asset investments.

JobsOhio Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant:  Discretionary grants are available to companies creating new R&D Centers in Ohio.  R&D Centers must support the development and commercialization of emerging technologies and/or products that align with one or more of JobsOhio’s targeted industries.  An R&D Center Grant may provide funding for a portion of the costs related to a new center over 5 years. R&D Center Grant funded activities are expected to create at least 5 new jobs, foster new technology-enabled products or services, attract new technology-enabled companies to Ohio, and make a capital investment of $3 million. Applicants can include any corporation with a minimum of 5 years operating history and annual revenue of greater than $10 million.

JobsOhio Revitalization Program:  Discretionary grant and loan funds are available to companies seeking to redevelop underutilized sites within the state.  To qualify, a company must create minimum of 20 jobs paying at least the county average wage. Grant amounts are typically up to $1 million.

Special Zoning

Job Training

JobsOhio Workforce Grant: This program offers reimbursable grants of up to 50% (75% in targeted areas) of training costs. Eligible costs include instructor salaries, materials, travel and special needs. Additional grants are available for industrial and eligible administrative or office operations that create or retain jobs.

Financing & Financial Assistance

Local Incentives

Other Programs

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