Missouri Incentives and Workforce Development Guide
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Action Fund Loan: Provides a loan to certain types of for-profit companies that need funds for start-up or expansion and have exhausted other sources. Projects can only be in a non-entitlement” area—a city under 50,000 in population or a county under 200,000 in population.
Brownfield Redevelopment Program: Provides financial incentives for the redevelopment of commercial/industrial sites that are contaminated with hazardous substances and have been abandoned or underutilized for at least three years.
BUILD: Provides a financial incentive for the location or expansion of large business projects. The incentives are designed to reduce necessary infrastructure and equipment expenses if a project can demonstrate a need for funding. An eligible industry in manufacturing, processing, assembly, R&D, agricultural processing or services in interstate commerce must invest a minimum of $15 million; or $10 million for an office industry (regional, national or international headquarters, telecommunications operations, computer operations, insurance companies or credit card billing and processing centers) in an economic development project; and create a minimum of 100 new jobs for eligible employees at the project or a minimum of 500 jobs if the project is an office industry or a minimum of 200 new jobs if the project is an office industry located within a distressed community as defined in Section 135.530, RSMo. Retail, health or professional services, intra-state relocations or replacement facilities are ineligible. The minimum bond issue is $500,000. The bonds may be used to finance public or private infrastructure to support the project, or the new capital improvements of the business at the project location. Bond proceeds may not be used for working capital, inventory or other operating costs of the business or another entity. This tax credit can be applied to:
- Ch. 143 – Income tax, excluding withholding tax
- Ch. 148 – Bank Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Other Financial Institution Tax
Industrial Infrastructure Grant: Assists local governments in the development of public infrastructure that allows industries to locate new facilities, expand existing facilities, prevent the closing of a facility or the relocation of a facility outside the state. Projects can only be in a non-entitlement” area—a city under 50,000 in population or a county under 200,000 in population. More than one business must potentially benefit from the facilities to be funded. For-profit manufacturing, processing and assembly companies that will have wages above the county average and provide medical benefits are prioritized. Grant funds may be used for public streets, water or sewer lines, engineering and other public facilities necessary to support the project. A public entity must own the facilities to be funded.
Missouri Works: Facilitates the creation of new jobs by targeted business projects for for-profit and non-profit businesses (except for gambling, retail trade, food and drinking places, public utilities, educational services, religious organizations, ethanol distillation or production facilities, biodiesel production facilities, healthcare, and public administration companies or businesses that are delinquent in non-protested taxes or other payments or any company that has filed for or has publicly announced its intention to file for bankruptcy). Headquarters, administrative offices and R&D of otherwise excluded businesses that serve a multi-state area may qualify in some cases. The average wage of the new jobs must equal or exceed 90% of the county average wage (as published by DED), and the company must offer health insurance and pay at least 50% of the premium for all full time employees in MO. The business must create a minimum number of 10 new jobs at the project facility prior to the deadline” date. There is no annual cap on the retained withholding taxes.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit: Provides a federal income tax credit to businesses for hiring from nine targeted groups with barriers to employment. The Internal Revenue Service specifies that the State Workforce Agency (SWA) is responsible for administering the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. The Missouri Department of Economic Development, through the Division of Workforce Development, administers the program in the state of Missouri. Eligible applicants include any private, for-profit business. There is no limit on the number of qualifying new hires per business or total amount of tax credits distributed per year.
Chapters 100 Sales Tax Exemption, Personal Property: Provides a sales tax exemption on tangible personal property purchased through Chapter 100 bonds for non-manufacturing purchases. Any company for which Chapter 100 bonds are issued that purchases personal property is eligible. Companies eligible for Chapter 100 bond financing include manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, office, research and development, agricultural processing, and services in interstate commerce. Retail, services in intrastate commerce and others are not eligible. The project cannot have been announced; bonds already approved/issued; or personal property already purchased. The project must:
- Involve competition with another state; therefore, a comprehensive state/local incentive proposal will be involved in an attempt to win the project;
- Have above-average wages with benefits, or be in an economically distressed or blighted area;
- Include local incentives provided to the project commensurate with the state incentives, relative to the new state/local tax revenues created by the project;
- Have a positive state fiscal benefit, including all the state incentives proposed for the project; and
- Have an indication that the city and county have approved the local sales tax exemption. (The local sales tax exemption may also be provided independent of the state sales tax.)
Missouri Works Training Program: Provides assistance in reducing the cost associated with training or retraining the workforce. Businesses that are expanding a workforce or locating a new facility and creating a substantial number of new jobs in the state of Missouri can access customized industry training or general occupation skill training through the state’s network of training institutions at no cost to the business. Or, some businesses may also be able to receive funding directly to pay for training outside of the state’s training network. Financing is also available to Missouri businesses with needs to retrain an existing workforce for the purpose of retaining jobs in Missouri. These businesses must have retained at that site the level of employment for at least one year, have a minimum of 100 employees for two consecutive calendar years preceding the year in which the application for the program was made, and make a capital investment of at least one million dollars to acquire long-term assets. Lastly, training funds are available to eligible Missouri businesses wanting to retrain its workforce and improve productivity. Individual businesses creating net new jobs in the state or retaining existing jobs in Missouri as a result of a substantial capital investment are eligible. Funding for this program is contingent on the availability of funds.