Local Incentives of Nassau County

  • Economic Development Grant Incentive

  • Quick Response Training Grant (QRT)

  • Work Force Services

State Incentives

  • Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI)

  • Economic Development Transportation Fund (EDTF)

  • Rural Job Tax Credit

  • Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption

Economic Development Incentives

 

Nassau County is open for business, and the Port of Fernandina is an integral part of the continuing development of the local economy. Becoming a partner with the Port of Fernandina has never been more appealing! Many incentives are in place to attract businesses to the Port and Nassau County.

Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI)

This program provides a refund of taxes paid for each new job created by newly locating or expanding qualified industries. Because Nassau County is designated a Rural County by the state of Florida, the state will award a minimum of $6,000 per job. The QTI award is jointly funded with 80 percent coming from the state and 20 percent from the local community; however, the community’s 20 percent match can be waived because Nassau is designated a Rural County. Approval of the tax refund by both state and local governments must be made before your company actually commits to locating in Nassau County.

 

Qualifications:

  • Inclusion within list of “targeted industries” (generally, a manufacturer or national, regional or divisional headquarters operation or distribution facility.)

  • Create at least 10 new full time jobs.

  • Overall average wage (including management) of new jobs must equal or exceed 115 percent of the lower of the statewide or local area average wages for the private sector. For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual wage, add $2,000 per job.

 

The following breakdown applies to Nassau County:

Annual Average Wage (for use in 2013):

100%: $33,746; Hourly Wage: $16.22

115%: $38,808; Hourly Wage: $18.66

150%: $50,619; Hourly Wage: $24.34

200%: $67,492; Hourly Wage: $32.45

Economic Development Transportation Fund (EDTF)

 

This program is funded by the state legislature as an inducement for the location, expansion or retention of qualified business and industrial projects to the state. Application is made by Nassau County to the state to fund the cost (up to $2 million) of transportation projects (access to roads, road widening, grade crossings, traffic signalization, etc.) necessary for the location of a qualified business or industry to Florida.

 

Qualifications:

• Company operations must be regional in nature, i.e., markets served by this operation must be external to Florida.

• Approval of the application by the state must be made prior to the company committing to a specific location.

• No more than $5,000 per job created or retained may be granted except for projects located in critical economic development areas, such as a rural county like Nassau, in which case the award increases to $7,500 per job. Waivers may be granted for projects with high capital investment, high wages or other significant economic impact

Rural Job Tax Credit

 

The Florida Rural Job Tax Credit is provided to encourage economic expansion within stated designated Rural Counties, including Nassau County. $1,000 per new job created within designated counties is available. This incentive may be taken only as a credit against state corporate income tax or state sales tax. The incentive does not require a “but-for” test and there is no minimum wage criteria. New companies must create at least 10 new full-time jobs.

Economic Development Grant Incentive

 

The program is designed to be an incentive based on the incremental increase in property taxes resulting from a new investment in the community. It is available to businesses in Nassau County’s targeted industries that add to the tax base, project new employment of at least 10 direct, full-time equivalent positions and/or make a significant investment in the community.

Quick Response Training Grant (QRT)

 

This is also an inducement program for job creation and retention. In addition to actual employee training, the grant may cover the cost of acquiring specialized equipment, retaining an instructor and provision of a training facility, if required, necessary to conduct training programs. The amount of the grant is affected by the skill levels required, number of new jobs and the wage levels paid; the minimum wage requirements are the same as for QTI. Previous grants have ranged from $600 to $1,200 per new job with higher awards going to projects with high average wages, high capital investment or locations within critical economic areas. Application must be made jointly by the company and the training institution providing the training. If desired, the company may also provide the training and directly receive reimbursement up to 95 percent of the approved grant.

Work Force Services

 

The NCEDB, working in conjunction with WorkSource, a division of the state Workforce Development Board, can assist your company in the recruitment, screening and placement of new employees using your criteria. WorkSource will tailor its recruitment, screening and testing efforts to the company’s needs and can host job fairs for your company as well as provide access to its extensive database of potential employees. The value of this benefit is estimated at $300 to $500 per employee hired.

Economic Development Transportation Fund (EDTF)

 

This program is funded by the state legislature as an inducement for the location, expansion or retention of qualified business and industrial projects to the state. Application is made by Nassau County to the state to fund the cost (up to $2 million) of transportation projects (access to roads, road widening, grade crossings, traffic signalization, etc.) necessary for the location of a qualified business or industry to Florida.

 

Qualifications:

• Company operations must be regional in nature, i.e., markets served by this operation must be external to Florida.

• Approval of the application by the state must be made prior to the company committing to a specific location.

• No more than $5,000 per job created or retained may be granted except for projects located in critical economic development areas, such as a rural county like Nassau, in which case the award increases to $7,500 per job. Waivers may be granted for projects with high capital investment, high wages or other significant economic impact

Sales Tax Exemption

 

The purchase of equipment and machinery used in the manufacturing process is exempt from the payment of Florida State sales tax. This applies to other supporting equipment as well, such as computers that are used 50 percent or more to control the production process. The exemption is 100 percent of all sales tax for new industries.

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OHPA of Nassau County
86130 License Road, Suite 9
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Port Director

Laura DiBella

Direct: (561) 756-3132

Laura@NassauFlorida.com 

Port Operations

Office: (904) 261-0753

General Contact

Office: (904) 491-7422
Fax: (904) 432-0229

ohpanc@gmail.com

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The “Ocean Highway and Port Authority was created in 1941 and authorized to carry out public purposes to benefit to the citizens of the County of Nassau and the State of Florida.”

(Ch. 21418,S12.Sp. Acts 1941)

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