Incentives Update 06-04-2019

Nebraska Legislative Update………..

  • The 106th Nebraska Legislature’s 90-day session adjourned Sine Die on May 31st, 2019.
  • Of the 739 bills introduced, the Legislature passed 294 into law. The legislature passed a $9.3B biennial budget and it did NOT pass the ImagiNE Nebraska/business incentive legislation (LB720).
  • The next Nebraska Legislative session, which begins January 2020 and adjourns April 2020. This short session occurs in the middle of a biennial, two-year period, and does not require budget appropriations, therefor it is allotted a ‘short-session’ timetable.

For additional information about the legislative session, please go to the Nebraska Legislature link at

ImagiNE Nebraska (LB 720) received first-round approval (37-8), but failed to advance a second time, after an unsuccessful cloture vote 30-18 (33 votes needed to stop filibuster). With both primary property tax bills falling short, the common thread was that, without property tax relief, some in the legislative body would withhold votes for new business incentive legislation. The bill (LB720) will remain on Select File through the 2020 legislative session.

The Business Innovation Act, under LB334, was appropriated an additional $4 million, to further fund programs under the Business Innovation Act. The additional funding was reallocated from the Angel Investment Tax Credit, which was eliminated.

Economic Development around the Country……….

Allstate is continuing its expansion in Texas. Allstate Insurance Co. plans to hire 1,300 new employees and invest $11 million over the next five years, in a major ramp-up at its Irving campus operations. The Company, which has a campus on the northwest side of DFW International Airport, has in excess of 1500 employees. The Company is a recipient of the Texas Enterprise Fund, the state’s primary business incentive fund.

Covance Central Laboratory Services Inc., a subsidiary of Laboratory Corp. of America, is planning a $17.5 million expansion and renovation project at its facilities in Indianapolis that is expected to create 203 jobs. Covance plans to renovate 20,000 square feet of the facility into a state-of-the-art two-story testing laboratory for clinical trials and add a 10,000-square-foot addition for subzero cold storage.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board, in May, approved state incentives including $55 million for land assembly for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s proposed $2.5-billion plant expansion. Fiat Chrysler’s plans are to invest $1.6 billion in expanding its Mack Avenue facilities with a new plant and investing $900 million to modernize its Jefferson North Assembly Plant. The plant expansion is expected to add 4,950 jobs.

Greenheck announced that it will expand its manufacturing facilities in Shelby, North Carolina. The company will invest $60 million and create 200+ new manufacturing jobs over the next five years. The expansion plans include the purchase of an existing manufacturing facility and construction of a new Architectural Products facility on the Shelby campus.

Merck, a healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturer, will be investing $1 billion and adding almost 100 jobs over the next three years in Rockingham County, Virginia. The expansion will add approximately 120,000 square feet to its existing 1.1 million-square-foot facility, allowing capacity/production increases of its Human Papillomavirus vaccines.

Prysmian Group announced it would invest $2.8 million and create 12 new jobs to expand its facility in Paragould, Arkansas. The plant is a Tier 2 automotive supplier manufacturing copper wire and cable products.

Texas El Paso’s economic development has had multiple-recent wins with expansions announced by Eaton Corp (manufacturer of electrical, hydraulic and automotive parts and systems), Foster Electric (Japan-based manufacturer of auto accessories) and Technimark. Technimark, a North Carolina company, plans to expand its current medical-device manufacturing plant, already in El Paso, by another 104 jobs.

Incentives Update 05-07-2019

Nebraska Legislative Update………..

  • The 106th Nebraska Legislature’s 90-day session has 20 working days left (ends June 6, 2019).
  • The Revenue Committee advanced a property tax relief bill (LB289), which is expected to begin first-round debate on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
  • The Revenue Committee also advanced LB 720 (ImagiNE Nebraska), including a committee amendment, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, by a 6-0 vote.  LB 720 is expected to begin first-round debate next week (May 13, 2019). 

For additional information about the legislative session, please go to the Nebraska Legislature link at

ImagiNE Nebraska (LB 720)  

High points of the committee amendment (May 2, 2019):

  • Added – renewable tax credit (LB 605 – Lindstrom),
  • Added – annual review committee process,
  • Added – requirement that applicants offer health insurance to full-time employees,
  • Removed – $1M/10 FTE level and replaced by a $1M/5 FTE level (attainment period is 5 years),
  • Added – multiplier incentive for projects deemed located in an ‘extremely blighted’ area.
  • Minimum wage requirements, by each new employee, are unchanged at 100% of 90-County Avg ($1M/5 level only and $18.55/hr est.), 100% of statewide average ($21.55/hr) or 150% of statewide average ($32.32/hr).

Economic Development around the Country……….

Months after Amazon decided to cancel its plans for a new headquarters in New York City, the Company will be adding 800 jobs at its tech hub in Austin. Since 2011, the Company has created more than 22,000 full-time jobs and has invested over $7 billion in Texas.

Austin continues to flex its muscle in the tech business space, having won a site selection opportunity, announced during December 2018, whereby Apple announced it will build a $1 billion campus. The 133-acre campus, which is located less than a mile from existing facilities, will bring in 5,000 additional employees and ‘post’ move, likely make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

Over $2B and 1,000+ new employees…….at two locations within the United States. Disney began accepting online reservations last Thursday morning from fans who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The $1 billion expansion covering 14 acres, in Anaheim, is expected to open May 31, 2019, and will open August 29, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

Fiat Chrysler says it will hire 6,500 workers and invest $4.5 billion, by adding a new assembly plant in Detroit and boosting production at five existing factories.  Expansion is due primarily to Jeep Wrangler demand/production, upcoming new jeep models (Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer) and plug-in hybrid and fully electronic technology. 

Kohler Engines has committed to spend $15M and expand its workforce by 250 employees, over the next two years, as it consolidates manufacturing operations at a facility in Wisconsin, to Hattiesburg.  Kohler, at its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg, produces gasoline engines.

Lockheed Martin recently opened a $50 million, 255,000 square foot Research & Development II facility in Orlando, Fla.  Since 2017, Lockheed Martin has created more than 1,000 jobs in Orlando, with hundreds more expected over the next three to five years.

In South Carolina, Perdue Farms completed a $25 million expansion at its harvest operation, which is anticipated to create 100 additional jobs.  As part of the expansion, the company added to its portioning and marinating operations, added a state-of-the-art shipping cooler, installed an automated pallet storage system and constructed office space to occupy more than 28,000 square feet at the existing facility.

A major expansion announced by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama will create 450 new jobs and push its all-time investment in the Huntsville plant past $1 billion.  The motor plant, which produces approximately one-third of all Toyota engines built in the United States, produces an array of Toyota motors for vehicles that include the RAV4, Highlander, Corolla, Tacoma, Sequoia and Tundra.