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File #: 200519.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 11/12/2020 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 11/19/2020 Final action: 11/19/2020
Title: GCRA Job Creation Incentive Policy (B)
Attachments: 1. 200519_A_Job Creation Incentive Program Policy_2020.11.19.pdf, 2. 200519_B_Job Creation Incentive Application_2020.11.19.pdf, 3. 200519_C_Index Provided by CRA - 2019 Average Annual Wage see pg2_2020.11.19.pdf, 4. 200519_D_CAI_Job Creation Incentive Program Application Year 2 Reimbursement CH2MHill_2020.11.19.pdf
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GCRA Job Creation Incentive Policy (B)

Explanation

Originally approved in 2012, the CRA’s High Wage Job Creation Incentive Program provides a financial incentive to companies that created new jobs within the former CRA Redevelopment Districts.  Subsequently, in June 2016, the CRA Advisory Board authorized staff to make changes to the program and bring back for review and approval. In August 2016, staff presented the recommended changes to the Board and the same were approved. The changes were not on the total participation, but rather to the per job amount based on Alachua County average wage, along with a change to the name and focus to include jobs other than “High Wage” as narrowly specified in the original program.

In June 2018, staff provided an update to the Board on CH2MHill and their relocation from Williston Road to the College Park/University Heights district and their application to the program. Staff informed the Board that the company also met the requirements of the program, making them eligible for up to $250,000 in reimbursement. The application was approved and disbursed in the amount of $125,000, according to the program guidelines. In November 2019, a second installment application was submitted, and again, following review the same was approved. Prior to disbursement of the second installment of $125,000, staff realized that although the program changes were approved by the governing board, the corresponding policy document was not included for approval in the agenda item backup. After consulting with the City Attorney’s office, the recommendation was to place the policy document on the City Commission agenda for approval to correct the scrivener’s error and allow staff to release the second installment of the incentive to the applicant per their approved application. This action will not only complete the approved revision from 2016 and but also allow GCRA staff to complete the CH2MHill final incentive installment.

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