Bipartisan Statewide Hearings on Enterprise Zones Announced

February 27, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, IL – On Monday, State Senators Pamela Althoff (R – McHenry) and Michael Frerichs (D – Champaign) were named co‐chairs of a newly created bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Enterprise Zone Extensions that will travel the state to gather input on proposed legislation to modernize and extend the Enterprise Zone Program.

The Enterprise Zone Program, established in 1982, is one of the state’s most proven and successful economic development tools. Beginning next year, these zones will start to expire and businesses statewide will lose access to the various incentives they offer.

“I think we have a tremendous opportunity to fine tune this great economic development tool to make sure it remains useful and productive for years to come. As a former mayor, I am keenly aware of how vital enterprise zones can be in spurring economic development and creating jobs. At the same time, I am also sensitive to the need to balance tax incentives with worthwhile results. I look forward to hearing from others about their experiences and ultimately producing and passing a meaningful enterprise zone reform package,” said Senator Althoff, who before joining the Senate was the mayor of McHenry, IL.

Frerichs stressed that the goal is to make sure this effective economic development program remains successful.

“We know enterprise zones have been creating jobs across Illinois for 30 years,” said Senator Frerichs. “A program this proven and successful deserves this kind of comprehensive approach, rather than piecemeal renewals. I look forward to hearing from business and community officials throughout the state on how we can keep this great program going and improve it for the future.”

The committee’s first hearing will be held Thursday, March 15 at Southern Illinois University’s Dunn‐Richmond Economic Development Center in Carbondale. Three additional hearings are planned for Peoria, Rockford, and Chicago. Exact dates and times are yet to be determined.

The new Senate Special Committee was created Monday at the direction of Senate President John J. Cullerton. The six‐member committee will have three members from each party to be chosen by President Cullerton and Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

Enterprise zones seek to stimulate economic growth by creating specified geographic regions that offer businesses within that zone state and local tax incentives and regulatory relief. In
2011 alone, the program is credited with creating 8,980 jobs and nearly $2.5 billion in investments.

“Enterprise zones are a crucial economic development tool in Illinois that have a real record of success. Nearly $50 billion in capital investment and more than 900,000 jobs have been
created or retained since their inception,” said Greg Baise, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the oldest and largest manufacturing trade association in the
country. “We applaud the bipartisan effort to provide long‐term stability and foresight to economic development in Illinois.”

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is working with lawmakers to produce a comprehensive modernization and extension package regarding enterprise zones. That legislation (SB 3688) includes the following reforms:

  • Renews current enterprise zones for an additional 25 years, subject to approval of state and local officials
  • Allows up to 10 additional zones to be created over the next 10 years
  • Streamlines the available tax incentives to remove those that are not producing results
  • Requires maps of enterprise zones to be posted online

“Illinois enterprise zones have proven themselves to be a vital business retention and attraction tool. They are utilized by employers of all sizes and have added a measure of predictability for Illinois job creators and economic development professionals as we all compete for jobs and investment”, said Craig Coil, President of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association. “Long term extension of enterprise zones is critical to the success of our economic development efforts in Illinois and I’m pleased that the Senate is focusing its attention on this important issue.”

The goal of the hearings is to gather input from local business and community leaders and enterprise zone officials. Legislators aim to pass a comprehensive enterprise zone package this spring.

Bipartisan Statewide Hearings on Enterprise Zones Announced

February 27, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, IL – On Monday, State Senators Pamela Althoff (R – McHenry) and Michael Frerichs (D – Champaign) were named co‐chairs of a newly created bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Enterprise Zone Extensions that will travel the state to gather input on proposed legislation to modernize and extend the Enterprise Zone Program.

Read entire press release by clicking here.

URGENT: IEZA supports SB-1633 & HB-1442

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of Senate Bill-1633 or House Bill-1442 which seek to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.

For complete article click here.

IEZA Supports HB-6900: Urgent

URGENT TO MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of House Bill-6900 which seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.  View complete article by clicking here.

Goals & Objectives for 2010

During the IEZA’s 2010 Annual Board Retreat, the Board approved the following Goals & Objectives for 2011:

GOAL I: Continue to improve communications with all individuals, governments, organizations and businesses related to the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program.

  • Objective: Produce electronic IEZA Newsletters.
  • Send congratulatory letter to all new legislators and include information about IEZA.
  • Objective: Utilize outside resources to continue the education of Zone Administrators.
  • Objective: Maintain and update IEZA Web Site.
  • Objective: Maintain centralized comprehensive mail and email lists for membership information, conferences and newsletters. Integrate with online IEZA Web Site.

GOAL II: Continue to broaden awareness of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program through cooperative efforts with other Economic Development and related organizations.

  • Objective: Maintain IEZA web links to web sites of IEZA members, DCEO, IDC, ITIA, IML, Illinois State APA and other Enterprise Zone application-related sites (examples: AG Review, Gas Use Tax Exemption, etc.).

GOAL III: Add “Members Only” value content to the IEZA website.

  • Objective: Add content for “Members Only” section of IEZA website to include: Conference Presentations and PowerPoints, Administrator’s Handbook CDRom, Survey results, Incentive Calculator and Economic Impact Calculator.

GOAL IV: Continue to increase membership of Zone Administrators and other categories.

  • Objective: Maintain contact with each zone administrator by mail and electronic means.
  • Objective: Conduct ongoing retention and recruitment efforts. 
  • Objective: Contact certified businesses and professional member candidates.

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Spring 2010 Spring Conference and Admin Training Conference agenda

brochure.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2010 Annual Spring Conference & Administrator’s Training Conference being held May 5-7, 2010 at Jumers in Rock Island, IL.

A block of rooms will be held until April 16, 2010. For room reservations, call 800-477-7747 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $84 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, click here.

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article are the PDFs of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.  All sessions are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Noon to 5:00 P.M. Greenfield Tour
    Contact John Thompson @ 815-284-3361 or dchamber@essex1.com
  • 6:30 P.M. Conference Opening Reception
    Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your IEZA colleagues, enjoy a “South of the Border” menu and hosted bar.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Thursday, May 6, 2010

  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.: Full Breakfast Provided
    Sponsored by KPMG
  • 8:00 – 9:00 A.M.: Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 A.M.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.: Review of 2010 IEZA Administrator’s Handbook
  • 10:30 – 10:45 A.M.: Break
  • 10:45-11:30 A.M.: Best Practices
    How to write an application.
  • 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Lunch
    Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy
    Luncheon Speaker: Stephanie Acri Stephanie Acri, owner of Evans Premium Manufacturing
  • 1:00 – 1:15 P.M. Break
  • 1:15 – 2:15 P.M.: Panel Presentation/Discussion:
    “Encouraging Entrepreneurship”
    Moderator: Sally Heffernan, Special Projects Manager, City of Rock Island
    Panel: Vicki Miller, Blackhawk college, Small Business Development Center Donna Mortiz, Financial Services Director, Bi-State Regional Commission Mary Chappell, Programs Development Coordinator, City of Rock Island
  • 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.: Bus Tour of Entrepreneurial Business
  • 4:30 – 5:30: Reception
    “Blue Cat Brew Pub” and a Tour of Rock Island’s $10 Million Mississippi riverfront park scheduled for completion in June.
  • 6:30 P.M.: Dinner Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island
    Provided by IEZA

Friday, May 7, 2010

  • 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.: Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:15 A.M.: Doing Business with Government
    Do you know about HUB zones? Federal, state and local governments award billion of contracts annually. Discover how you can assist your small business in competing for government contracts.

    Panel Discussion:
    Founders of Spirit Partners/Mandus Group in Rock Island established in 2005, these companies are experienced government contractors and provide consulting services to a wide variety of commercial business seeking government contracts.
    Vicki Miller is the coordinator of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Blackhawk Community College.

  • 10:15 – 11:00 A.M.: Legislative Update Senate Bill-3659 & More
    SB-3659 seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years.
  • 11:00 A.M.: IEZA Membership Meeting

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20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.  Please use the linked IEZA Position Paper when contacting your legislators to seek their support.

To see the entire IEZA Position Paper supporting SB-3659 click here.

20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.

Just below is the IEZA position paper.  A pdf of this document is at the bottom of this article.

ILLINOIS ENTERPRISE ZONE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS SB-3659, AMENDMENT #2

11, March, 2010 – URGENT TO MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of Senate Bill-3659 which seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.

SB-3659 would extend the Zone Program for twenty (20) years similar to what was done by the 91st General Assembly and signed by the Governor in 2000. As one of the bill’s leading proponents the IEZA Membership represents more than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the zone professionals in the State of Illinois including the overwhelming majority of the ninety-seven (97) zones themselves. The IEZA and its leadership believe the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program to be of particular importance in today’s highly competitive world of economic development. Recent negative impacts to Illinois resulting from a national and global economic crisis make it even more important to preserve and extend this program.

SB-3659 as amended by Amendment #2 is supported by IEZA. This bi-partisan bill Sponsored by Senator Michael Frerichs (D) of Champaign and Chief Co-Sponsor Senator Gary Dahl (R) of Peru is a good example of both sides of the aisle demonstrating support for economic development in Illinois. IEZA appreciates their cooperation and urges the rest of the General Assembly to support the bill. IEZA also values the efforts of other sister organizations from across the State of Illinois including the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Chamber, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, Illinois Development Council and others who have worked to bring this extension legislation to the 96th General Assembly.

SB-3659 preserves one of the few available Illinois’ incentive programs. Further, it does so using mechanisms that primarily result in a self-funding methodology that utilizes local property tax abatement with formulas voluntarily created and agreed to by local taxing districts; building material sales tax exemptions initiated jointly by the State of Illinois and the local jurisdictions; and various other investment and income tax credits to incent projects through business income tax credit allowances. All of these incentives are governed under a “but for” imperative in the Enterprise Program which only grants incentives if a project is undertaken by an existing company for new investment in Illinois or for a new company coming to an Illinois enterprise zone. It is a quid pro quo that results in no incentive if there is no investment made or jobs created.

The past ten (10) years’ DCEO annual reports to the General Assembly on Enterprise Zone job retention, creation and investment total as follows:

Jobs Retained: 188,031
Jobs Created: 159,235
Total Investment: $ 29.423 billion

This successful record of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program speaks for itself. The past ten years of documented investments in buildings and capital equipment totaling nearly $30 billion have assured that nearly 350,000 Illinois citizens received or kept their jobs here in Illinois. These were only the direct jobs reported and do not include all of the untold spin off created by enterprise zone projects across the state. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program enabled those investments and helped to retain and create those jobs. By extending this valuable program SB-3659 will strengthen Illinois, create investment, and retain and create jobs for Illinois citizens.

Unless the General Assembly acts to extend the Zone Program, enterprise zones will soon begin to expire all across Illinois. The time is now to enact this extension legislation. The time is now to send a message that Illinois is interested in and wants to support economic development and business investment here in our great state.

Why Support SB-3659, Amendment #2?

  • SB-3659 preserves enterprise zones as a premier economic development tool in Illinois’ tool box. What else is out there to create the kind of incentives zones bring?
  • Illinois Enterprise Zones have a proven record of stimulating investment and job creation for both existing Illinois companies and for helping those companies from outside our state to decide to come to Illinois.
  • SB-3659 would result in increased investment and job retention and creation resulting in stabilized and increased state revenues.
  • Ask yourself “Is now the time to send a positive message to the citizens of Illinois that the General Assembly is serious about helping to preserve Illinois jobs?

We sincerely and respectfully ask you to support Senate Bill-3659 without further amendment and to enact it this spring session of the 96th General Assembly.

Illinois Enterprise Zone Association
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois 61270

John R. Thompson, President
Lee County Ind. Dev. Assn.
(815) 284-3361 (217) 422-9520
dchamber@essex1.com

J. Craig Coil, Vice President
EDC of Decatur and Macon County
ccoil@decaturedc.com

Other Officers and Board Members:

Betty Steinert, Past President
Whiteside County Economic Development

Barb Koch, Secretary
Illinois Valley Area Chamber and Economic Development

Cathy Schluckebeir, Treasurer
City of Quincy

Brandi Stennett, Board Member
City of Mt. Carmel

Janice Kerin, Board Member
St. Clair County

Nora Fesco-Ballerine, Board Member
North Central Illinois Council of Governments

Tom Henderson
Illinois Tax Increment Association

 

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Illinois Workforce Services Information presented at fall conference

ieza-worknet-map.jpgBlanche Shoup, Executive Director of LWIA Area #14 presented on “Displaced Workers EZ Tax Credit & Illinois Workforce Services” at the Fall IEZA Conference held September 9, 10 & 11 in Macomb, Illinois. Shoup’s presentation included current mapping and contact information for all LWIA districts across the State of Illinois.

Click on map for larger image.

The complete list of contacts is located …. (to come).

 

Dixon’s UPM Raflata Receives Award

ieza-upmaward.jpgIllinois Chamber and Illinois Development Council Present “Edies” to Recognize those who Imagine, Design, Invest, Build and Bring Jobs, Growth and Prosperity to Illinois Communities.

Five Illinois Economic Development projects were presented with Edie Awards at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Chicago June 25. Governor Pat Quinn, keynote speaker for the luncheon meeting, praised their accomplishments in creating jobs and investing in Illinois.

Edie Awards (E-D, for Economic Development) are given jointly by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council (IDC) to recognize economic development projects throughout Illinois that were completed last year. Winners were notified in May, and officials representing each winner were invited to receive their awards at the Chamber’s annual meeting at the Hilton Hotel. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke and LCIDA President John Thompson were in attendance to see representatives from UPM Raflatac, Inc. receive their Edie Award.

The company invested $109 million in a new pressure sensitive label stock manufacturing facility and distribution center in Dixon after a multi-state search covering 92 potential locations, including a final win against a site in Northwest Indiana. There are 115 employees working at the 287,000 square-foot plant.

The Edie Awards have up to fifteen categories based on geography (City of Chicago, Metropolitan Chicago or statewide projects) and development type: manufacturing, commercial, energy, technology and transportation/distribution. The Illinois Chamber and IDC asked for nominations from across the state for development projects completed in 2008 in any of those categories and had a joint awards committee review the nominees and determine the projects most worthy of an Edie Award.

Though the Illinois Chamber and IDC spend time and resources advocating policies to make Illinois a better place to do business, both organizations believe it’s also important to showcase recent accomplishments — especially when they translated into more jobs, tax base and economic vitality in our state.

The five winners of the 2009 Edie Award are as diverse as Illinois’ economy. To see the other winners or for more on this story, see the Illinois Chamber website, www.ilchamber.org.