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Cash Grants for Real Estate Developers without Competition for Jobs—A Constitutional Quandary

September 15, 2015

A local real estate developer, Al Czervik, proposes to construct a mixed-use development with residential, office, and retail space. The city council likes the development plan because it is consistent with the council’s vision for the area. Czervik, seeing incentives being offered to convince compa … Continued

When May NC Local Governments Pay an Economic Development Incentive?

December 17, 2013

News outlets regularly report about the latest company that was lured to North Carolina through the payment of a cash economic development incentive by a local government and the state. Local government cash incentives often take the form of an annual cash payment to a company that is contingent on … Continued

Did the NC Supreme Court put cash economic development incentives in jeopardy?

December 18, 2012

Cash economic development incentives are widely used by local governments to induce companies to locate in their jurisdictions. A 2006 survey indicated that more than 40% of North Carolina local governments employ cash incentives for business recruitment. And yet, no statute contains language specif … Continued

Is Interstate Competition Required for Economic Development Incentives?

March 15, 2011

A company’s sole facility has been located in North Carolina for the past decade, but the company recently decided to move its facility to a new location in order to expand its operations. It has three choices: (1) move to an available facility in the same county in which it is currently located, (2 … Continued

Valid cash incentive or illegal tax rebate?

October 28, 2009

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. One news outlet reported that in exchange for constructing a data center in North Carolina, Apple Inc. will be reimbursed by North Carolina local governments for “50 percent of tax revenue on real estate property — buildings and land — and 85 … Continued