Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

State Incentives

California offers a variety of incentives for new businesses as well as established businesses currently looking to expand. Highlighted below are details on a few of the major incentives offered, as well as summary information on additional State incentives.

California Competes Tax Credit

There is over $168 million in income tax credits available in 2017 through California Competes, which is administered by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). No fee is required to apply and the credit is available statewide to all industries. Applications are submitted online.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption

This incentive offers partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain equipment purchases and leases. To be eligible you must be a qualified person/business purchasing qualified property used for qualified purposes. Eligible businesses must primarily be engaged in manufacturing, research and development in biotechnology, or research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences. Qualified purchases include such items as basic manufacturing equipment, manufacturing research and development equipment, biotech equipment, and necessary tenant improvements (eg. clean rooms for biotech). The Board of Equalization administers these exemptions and they encourage potential participants to write to them with questions regarding the exemption, as it can be quite complex.
Email: www.boe.ca.gov/email/
Regular Mail: 3321 Power Inn Road, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95826-3889

New Employment Credit

The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2021 to a qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time employee on or after January 1, 2014, and pays or incurs qualified wages attributable to work performed by the qualified full-time employee in a designated geographic area (DAG). Within Butte County, the designated geographic area includes the area within the former Oroville Enterprise Zone boundaries. An annual certification of employment is required for each qualified full-time employee hired in a previous taxable year. In order to be allowed a credit, the qualified taxpayer must have a net increase in the total number of full-time employees in California. This credit is administered by the State Franchise Tax Board. Obtain your credit reservation with the Franchise Tax Board to start the application process.

Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ) Revolving Loan Program

The RMDZ Loan Program provides low-interest loans for the purchase of equipment and other relevant business costs to businesses with manufacturing and processing facilities that produce recycled-content materials and products. The goal is to divert solid waste materials from California landfills. Up to 75% of costs directly attributed to an eligible project may be funded through the program with a maximum amount of $2,000,000. The program is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and recovery (CalRecycle). The are 2 Recycling Market Development Zones located in Butte County.

Chico/Northern Butte County
Linda Herman, Management Analyst
City of Chico
530.896.7241
Linda.Herman@chicoca.gov

City of Oroville
Rick Farley, Enterprise Zone and Business Assistance Coordinator
City of Oroville
530.538.4307
FarleyRC@cityoforoville.org

Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) supports job creation and retention through workforce development. ETP provides financial assistance through reimbursements to California businesses in support of customized worker training. ETP funds three types of training program: Retaining, New Hire and Special Employment Training which includes a small business program. Eligible employers are ones that are subject to the Employment Training Tax.

California Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0

Over $100 million in available tax credits for feature films, independent films, TV series, etc.

Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC)

Provides funding for applied research & development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation for clean energy technologies and approaches.

Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (DRIVE)

Provides grants towards innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate change goals.

Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)

Voucher program to help speed up the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric trucks and buses.

Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) Program

The California Air Resources Board offers three loan programs for the following areas: Off-Road Vehicles, On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Goods Movement Emissions Reductions.

California Pollution Control Financing Authority

Facilitates low cost financing to qualified waste and recycling projects, helps participating financial institutions extend credit to small businesses through microloans and larger loans for start-up, expansion and working capital through the California Capital Asset Program, and assists with the cleanup of contaminated sites through the CALReUse Program.

Industrial Development Bond Financing Program

Provides manufacturing and processing companies low-cost, low-interest financing for capital expenditures.

California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (SBLGP)

Helps businesses create and retain jobs. Enables small businesses to obtain loans they could not otherwise obtain and establish favorable credit history with a lender.

State Resources

Innovation Hub Program

Improves the State's national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters through state-designated iHubs. 

California Centers for International Trade Development

Invests in California's economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

 Contact

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
530.538.6182
CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
25 County Center Dr. Ste. 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.538.6182 | Email: CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

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