Effective Use of Tax Incentives within Greater Philadelphia
Municipal Implementation Tool #029

Effective Use of Tax Incentives within Greater Philadelphia

Product No.: MIT029
Date Published: 02/2017

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Tax incentives are important tools for municipalities to attract private investment to underdeveloped areas, generating infill development and strengthening existing communities. Though tax revenue will be foregone in the short-term, new development has the potential to create lasting economic growth in struggling districts and to create positive spillover effects to the surrounding neighborhoods. This brochure is designed to help municipal officials use tax Incentives to increase profitability or defray costs.

Geographic Area Covered: DVRPC 9-county region

Key Words: revitalization, tax incentive, tax credit, long term tax abatement, short term tax abatement, reductions, evaluation, regulatory, design, financial, façade programs, rehabilitation, housing credits, value capture, housing choice voucher, land leases, tax increment financing, urban enterprise zones, redevelopment area, bonds, Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA), Brownfield remediation, Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), Transit Revitalization Investment Districts (TRID), impact fees, and municipal investments.

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