Georgia Foreign Trade Zone (#26 Service Area)
The FTZ program encourages activity at U.S. facilities in competition with foreign locations by allowing delayed, reduced, and sometimes eliminated, duty payment on foreign merchandise admitted to a zone, as well as other meaningful savings. In the global marketplace, many companies consider moving to foreign locations to reduce operating costs. The benefits of the FTZ program may be the competitive advantage a company needs to keep its manufacturing or distribution operations in the United States. All of Doraville is within Service Area #26. Businesses can apply to the Georgia FTZ Board for the designation. For more information, go to www.georgiaftz.com.
Managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. As of 2016, two Doraville census tracts (213.01 and 213.03) qualify.
A small business must meets all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:
- Located in a "historically underutilized business zone"
- At least 51% owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens
- At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone
For more information about the HUB Zone program go to www.sba.gov/hubzone
New Market Tax Credits
The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to qualifying communities (all of Doraville is NMTC-eligible) by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their Federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called Community Development Entities (CDEs). The credit totals 39 percent of the original investment amount and is claimed over a period of seven years. The investment in the CDE cannot be redeemed before the end of the seven-year period. The NMTC program is administered by the Community Developments Financial Institutions (CDFI) under the U.S. Treasury Department. The City works with a variety of CDEs on potential NMTC projects. For more information, go to www.cdfi.gov or contact Luke Howe at (770) 451-8745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Targted Employment Area (TEA) EB-5
Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In 1992, Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program. This sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers approved by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. In non-TEA areas, the minumum EB-5 investment is $1 million. In TEA-designated census tracts, the minimum investment is $500,000. Doraville census tracts 213.01 and 213.03 are TEA. Investments are facilitated through Regional Centers and can be structured as either debt or equity.
- U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Webpage for EB-5 Resources
- Doraville Census Tract Map
- Georgia Department of Labor's census tract verifcation letter