Tax Incentives

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland City Council Wants More Community Benefits From Developers

A proposed measure would require developers receiving city incentives to provide more benefits to local stakeholders and increase local hiring.

March 7, 2023 - Signal Cleveland

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New York Affordable Housing Tax Incentive Targets Suburbs

If Gov. Hochul’s proposed budget passes, the new tax abatement would incentivize affordable housing development in the state’s smaller municipalities.

February 7, 2023 - Crain's Business New York

"NO Public Restroom" sign on restaurant window

Opinion: Opening Restrooms to Public Is Good for Business

For many people with chronic illnesses, access to public restrooms can be a critical medical issue. Incentivizing businesses to open their restrooms can fill a critical gap in U.S. cities.

October 9, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

The first R1T built for a customer rolling off Rivian's assembly line at their plant in Normal, IL

Georgia Offers Massive Incentive Package to EV Manufacturer

Critics question the wisdom of giving Georgia's largest-ever incentive package to electric car manufacturer Rivian to secure a new factory and job training center in East Atlanta.

December 30, 2021 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Ohio Approves New Tax Credit and Crowdfunding to Boost Downtown Development

Two pieces of legislation signed by Gov. DeWine promote investment in "legacy" cities.

January 5, 2021 - Cincinnati Business Courier

Empty Homes

Neighborhood Homes Investment Act Picks Up Momentum

A proposed tax credit designed to stabilize single-family neighborhoods facing growing numbers of vacancies is making its way through Congress.

September 2, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Large Lot Vacancies

Neighborhood Homes Investment Act Offers Tax Incentives for Single-Family Rehabs

In struggling communities full of single-family homes, the cost is too high for developers to acquire and renovate blighted properties. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act would offer an incentive for investment in existing building stock.

July 23, 2020 - Affordable Housing Finance

Amazon Fulfillment Center

When Amazon Brings Both Economic Optimism and Disappointment

A Kentucky town welcomed Amazon’s arrival, but the economic outcomes over the last two decades have been lackluster.

January 5, 2020 - The New York Times

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Amazon's Omnipresence in American Cities

In Baltimore, Amazon is at the center of a complicated web of products, services, and industries that is virtually impossible to avoid.

December 18, 2019 - The New York Times

Opportunity Zones

Trade Group Established to Lobby for Opportunity Zone Policy

There is now an organization calling itself a "Chamber of Commerce" for opportunity zones.

May 10, 2019 - Bloomberg Tax

Bike Commute

Congressional Bill Would Offer a Bigger Tax Break for People Who Bike to Work

A bi-partisan bill till early in the federal legislative process would expand a very small tax incentive for people who ride a bike to work.

April 8, 2019 - Fast Company

Illinois Freeway

Land Use Regulation's Legacy of Racial Segregation

An investigative feature by Governing magazine blames the history of land use regulations like zoning and redlining for the racial segregation of contemporary communities all over the state of Illinois and the country.

January 28, 2019 - Governing


Judge: Pittsburgh Can't Hide Amazon HQ2 Offer From the Public

City and county officials have already appealed a decision that would require them to release the details of a proposal designed to entice Amazon into locating its second headquarters in Pittsburgh.

November 2, 2018 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New York City

Green Roofs Tax Incentive Isn't Working Because it's Poorly Targeted

New York City's Green Roof Property Tax Abatement Program has failed to take off, but if it were targeted toward the areas that need stormwater infrastructure and green spaces the most, it could be made too big to ignore.

August 2, 2018 - Crain's New York Business

Battery Urban Farm

Long Beach Urban Farming Initiative Targets Vacant Lots

A California policy lets cities offer tax incentives to landowners who put vacant lots to use as urban farms or gardens. Long Beach is the latest comer, but the uptake has been sluggish elsewhere.

December 16, 2017 - Next City

Empty Retail

Private Equity, Debt, and the Real Causes of the 'Retail Apocalypse'

David Duyen identifies an under-reported culprit in the so-called "retail apocalypse," and challenges policy makers to respond.

November 22, 2017 - New Republic

Spokane Parking Lot

Spokane Considers Tax Incentive to Redevelop Downtown Parking Lots

It's an idea that has already had some success in Philadelphia: give developers a tax abatement on projects that achieve some desired end, in this case fewer surface parking lots.

November 19, 2017 - The Spokesman-Review

Affordable Housing

Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing

What's the best way to deliver long-term affordable housing?

March 11, 2016 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

St. Louis Finally Has a Developer for Long-Sought Redevelopment Project

The St. Louis City Council recently approved the initial steps for 1,800 acres of Maryland Heights floodplain. Plenty of hurdles remain, such as coming up with the money the developer wants to see the project through.

February 8, 2016 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Boston Aerial

Digging Deeper Into the Deal That Brought GE to Boston

The big news about GE moving to Boston is more than just a story about a large company moving from the suburbs to the big city—it's also about how far cities will go to attract new jobs, and at what cost.

January 31, 2016 - The Boston Globe

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