West Eugene Enterprise Zone
Timely submittal of an Oregon Enterprise Zone Authorization Application prior to making an eligible investment is critical for program eligibility. If you are considering an investment within the West Eugene Enterprise Zone, contact Amanda D'Souza at 541-682-5540.
Click here to check if your business is located within the designated zone.
Business Firm Eligibility
Prior to commencing construction/installations, an eligible business firm submits an application in order for local officials to "authorize" it. Eligible firms include manufacturers, processors, distributors, warehouses, maintenance facilities and other operations that serve other businesses, as well as headquarters and call centers. Otherwise, retail, construction, financial and certain other activities are explicitly ineligible.
A new building, modification/addition to a building, or new machinery or equipment may qualify for an exemption. Land, existing buildings, existing machinery and equipment, and minor personal property items are not eligible for the exemption. In order for the business firm to qualify include:
Three–year Enterprise Zone Exemption
Increase full-time, permanent employment of the firm inside the enterprise zone by the greater of one new job or ten percent (10%).
Four or five years of exemption in total can be granted with special approval from the Zone Sponsor. The requirements include the basic three–year requirements, plus:
The E-Commerce Zone overlay applies to all of the West Eugene Enterprise Zone. E-commerce businesses engage predominantly in transactions via the internet or an internet-based platform. These transactions can include taking orders, closing sales, making purchases, providing customer service, or undertaking other activities that serve the business’s overall purpose. Qualifying businesses may receive a state income tax credit against the business’s annual state income or corporate excise tax liability. This tax credit sunsets by law, such that the business also must make the investment no later than in its income tax year that begins during 2017.