Business Incentives

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State of Florida Incentives

For details on specific State incentive programs and qualifications visit Enterprise Florida.

  1. Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund incentive available for creation of high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. Incentive includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and certain other taxes.
  2. Quick Response Training Program reimburses new or expanding businesses for customized training for qualifying projects.
  3. Incumbent Worker Training Program reimburses existing for-profit businesses for employer-driven training for qualifying existing employees.
  4. High Impact Performance Incentive Grant for targeted, pre-approved high-impact facilities. ** Currently not available **
  5. Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund up to $3,000 per new qualified job created or retained. Refund may increase if additional qualifications are met.
  6. Economic Development Transportation Fund based on number of new and retained jobs and eligible transportation project costs, award up to $3 million is available to local government on behalf of a specific business. ** Currently not available **
  7. Capital Investment Tax Credit is used to attract and grow capital-intensive industries in Florida. It is an annual credit provided up to 20 years against the corporate income tax for qualifying projects.
  8. Opportunity Zones under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Of 2017, funds projects by offering substantial federal income tax benefits to investors and developers. A zone fund (OZ fund) is an “investment vehicle” formed as a corporation or partnership in which 90 percent or more of its assets are dedicated to projects in designated opportunity zones. OZ funds encourage long-term investment and job creation by providing tax incentives, including a temporary deferral on capital gains taxes, when investors reinvest those gains in qualified Opportunity Funds. The funds must in turn invest in low-income communities from designated census tracts, called Opportunity Zones. This program is currently under development and as such, the IRS has posted additional guidance with details on many questions that have been submitted.


            This additional guidance covers topics such as:

          · Types of gains eligible for deferrals

          · Details on Opportunity Zone incentives for individual taxpayers, corporations

             and partnerships

          · Time periods for investments

          · Requirements for business and property improvements

          · Revenue guidelines


           The guidance can be found here.


           It includes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, revenue rulemaking and a draft tax form.  Public comment for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be available for 60 days            before the rules are finalized.  For more information on Opportunity Zones in Florida, please visit www.floridajobs.org/opportunityzones


           Please visit this web link to view the DeLand Opportunity Zone Map, which includes the Downtown DeLand CRA.

City of DeLand Incentives *

  1. Expedited Permitting Process expedited permitting with a three business day turn-around is available for $100 for each 1,000 square feet of commercial space.
  2. Expedited Plan Review staff will provide expedited plan review services for development projects.
  3. Next day inspection services. Next day inspection services are available.
  4. Municipal Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Process Incentive is available for manufacturing and other qualified industries expanding or relocating in DeLand, creating new tax base and new jobs meeting established wage thresholds.
  5. One stop shop for building & fire services provided by the City.
  6. Land Development Regulations City staff is always willing to help facilitate meetings to help project representatives “walk through the regulations.”
  7. Community Redevelopment Districts Grants may be available for projects that benefit these districts.
  8. Career Source Business Assistance Programs (For details on specific programs and services available for Volusia County businesses, visit CareerSource.

* The City of DeLand encourages economic development by facilitating the expansion of existing businesses and by recruiting new high value businesses.  The Economic Development Manager proactively assists by reviewing each project with the client or representative, then in coordination with our community and state partners, provides appropriate information about available local, county and state incentives.  Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and any incentives, loans or grants require the approval of the funding agency.

Let Us Know

Over the next several months, we will be attending events throughout the city where people can write down their thoughts on ways we can improve the city. Please write anything - but keep it clean and reasonable :)

There will be chalkboards located in Artisan Alley and on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write your thoughts down about any topic that you think will improve our city. Trader Joe's anyone?

Also, to get the word out, we have setup a selfie spot with our logo by each chalkboard. Please feel free to post a photo Facebook or Twitter with comments on how to better our community with the hashtag #YouAreDeLand - we might even share your ideas on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Ultimately, your comments will be used to guide the update to the city's 2050 Vision Plan.

The bottom line is we want your input on how we can make DeLand an awesome place to live, work and play for future generations.

Be sure to check back to this site for any updates or new announcements.

How you can contribute

Option 1

Come see our chalkboards at Artisan Alley or on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write comments on issues concerning the future of our community.

Picture of a chalkboard in Artisan Alley.
This chalkboard can be found in Artisan Alley.

This chalkboard can be found outside The Elusive Grape.

Option 2

If you cannot visit our chalkboards, we have a survey for you to fill out. Please consider taking a few minutes of your time to complete either one.

Short Survey
Longer Survey

Option 3

Attend one of the public events scheduled around the DeLand region. You will be able to discuss the present and future of the DeLand region with our staff and provide input about You Are DeLand. Keep an eye on this website and the City's Facebook page for updates.

Here are the events we are planning to attend:

  • Tropical Nights - July 19
  • Mayor's Backpack Giveaway - July 20
  • DeLand Craft Show - September 28

What's next?

Your input through the public participation process will shape future planning so please send us your comments and let others know about our project.

As we compile citizens' comments in the coming months, we will ultimately present what we have learned and provide more opportunities to receive input at future public meetings. This should help us focus on key aspects of our community's future as the city updates its plans.


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