Programs and Incentives

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Thank you for your interest in Economic Development Programs available through the City of Bloomington. We welcome the opportunity to work with you further and hope that you will not hesitate to contact us directly if there is anything that the City of Bloomington can do to assist with your business needs.

City of Bloomington Incentive Guide

The Economic Development Department has produced this incentive guide for current and prospective businesses and developers interested in doing business within the City of Bloomington. From the BNEDC, to the State of Illinois and beyond, numerous programs are available!

All of the incentives listed below each have their own requirements and stipulations for access. Not all incentives will be applicable to every project. In some cases, the approval of governmental bodies and public disclosure may be necessary to receive certain incentives. Given that several of these incentives are time-sensitive, we strongly encourage projects to contact the managers of these programs as early as possible in the development process.

Programs managed by
City of Bloomington Economic Development Department:

Austin Grammer, Economic Development Coordinator | (309) 434-2611 |

Illinois law (the TIF Act) allows units of local governments the ability to designate areas within their jurisdiction as TIF Districts. These specially designated districts are used by local governments as a way to spur economic growth by dedicating the new incremental property tax revenues generated within the TIF District for improvements within the district with the goal of encouraging new development and job creation. For a listing of TIF Districts in the City of Bloomington, visit

A Special Service Area (SSA) is a taxing mechanism that can be used to fund a wide range of special or additional services and/or physical improvements in a defined geographic area within a municipality or jurisdiction. This type of district allows local governments to establish such areas without incurring debt or levying a tax on the entire municipality. In short, an SSA allows local governments to tax and deliver services to limited geographic areas within their jurisdictions. 

Illinois law allows units of local governments the ability to abate all or a portion of its property tax revenue from an individual property or group of properties as a way to spur investment and economic growth.

Illinois law allows units of local governments the ability to rebate sales taxes as a way to spur economic growth. In this manner, units of government can dedicate the new incremental sales tax revenue within the project area. 

A Business District is a specially designated area in which a municipality can impose an additional sales and/or hotel tax of up to 1% for a term of 23 years. Business Districts are authorized by Illinois law as a means of spurring development or redevelopment, and may only be designated in areas where there is a formal finding of blight. 

Programs managed by
City of Bloomington Community Development Department:

The City hopes to encourage private investment in commercial buildings of the area through a façade program which offers financial incentives (up to $25,000) to businesses to improve the appearance, safety, structural integrity and quality of their storefronts and buildings as a whole. More information can be found on the Historic Preservation Grants and Awards Page.

This program is designed to provide the owners of the historic properties with financial assistance in the preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of the exterior architectural features of buildings and structures on such properties. The program provides funding for up to 50% of the total cost of eligible exterior projects, with a maximum grant amount of $5,000 per project. More information can be found on the Historic Preservation Commission page.

Programs managed by
Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council: | (309) 452-8437 | 200 W College Ave #402, Normal, IL 61761

Properties / projects located in in the local Enterprise Zone can enjoy three key benefits:

  1. Building materials sales tax exemption: Building materials used in the expansion of enterprise zone projects recognize a sales tax exemption from the State of Illinois.
  2. Enterprise zone investment tax credit: Individuals and corporations are allowed a 0.5% tax credit against Illinois income tax due for investments in qualified property placed in service in an enterprise zone.
  3. Exemption on the Illinois Natural Gas Tax: Natural gas used by business enterprises located in an Enterprise Zone is exempt from the state’s natural gas tax.

Programs managed by
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity:

(800) 252-2923 | 500 E. Monroe Springfield, IL 62701

This program is comprised of multiple programs to spur institutional lending, including Capital Access Program, Participation Loan Program-which includes a component for Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran-Owned businesses, and Collateral Support Program; and the Invest Illinois Venture Fund, which leverages private investments in start-ups and high-growth businesses.

The EDGE program is designed to offer a special tax incentive to encourage companies to locate or expand operations in Illinois when there is active consideration of a competing location in another State. The program can provide tax credits to qualifying companies, equal to the amount of state income taxes withheld from the salaries of employees in the newly created jobs.

The Illinois Small Business Jobs Creation Tax Credit program provides small business owners and non-profits with an extra boost to grow their business over the next four years. After creating one or more new, full-time positions that meet the eligibility requirements, small businesses can register online to receive a $2,500 per job tax credit.

Other Incentive Programs:

Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Business Program
Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Business Program provides cash incentives to commercial businesses, non-profits and private schools to help offset the initial cost of an energy efficient project.

Corn Belt Energy New Construction Program
Applicants must be constructing a new building, addition or a major renovation which will be a non-residential member of Corn Belt Energy. Please visit the links below to get started. or  
Justin Stuva, Energy Advisor | (309) 664-9235 |

The Nicor Gas Economic Redevelopment Program offers technical assistance and financial incentives for energy-efficient upgrades and renovations in existing commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings.

Managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, this program can freeze the assessed value of historic owner-occupied, principal residences for a period of 8 years, followed by a four-year period during which the property’s assessed value steps up to an amount based upon its current market value. This results in 12 years of reduced property taxes.

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