What is the Enterprise Zone and what are the benefits found there?

Bristol’s Enterprise Zone is a geographic area generally found downtown and is bounded by South Street, Bellevue Ave., Maple Street, North Street (Route 6), and West Street (Route 69). The zone includes most of or all of Main Street, North Main Street, Center Street, Church Street, Riverside Avenue, West Street, Park Street, Valley Street, Race Street, and Summer Street. New manufacturers locating in the Zone may be eligible for 80% property tax abatement for 5 years. Other users such as retail and residential who are expanding the tax base may be entitled to a freeze on assessments on a declining scale for seven years. Corporations may also be eligible for income tax credits of up to 25% for 10 years for locating in the zone. Bristol also has related programs such as the Qualified Manufacturing Plant, Bio-Science Zone, and the Urban Jobs Program that can assist qualified companies that are expanding.

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1. What kinds of assistance does the City Economic and Community Development provide to businesses?
2. I want to start a business. What kind of assistance is available?
3. Does the City of Bristol have property for development?
4. What is the Enterprise Zone and what are the benefits found there?
5. What is the CDBG?
6. How is the use of CDBG funds determined?
7. What are the Five-Year Plan priorities?
8. When are applications for CDBG funding accepted?
9. Who can apply to receive CDBG funds?
10. How do I qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation program?
11. Who do I contact with housing discrimination complaints?
12. What kinds of grants does the City of Bristol apply to receive?
13. Can the ECD help homeowners address building/fire code violations and blight issues?