Business Development Programs & Incentives


Rockland County presents a unified front for businesses by collaborating with local, regional, state, federal and non-profit partners to provide tailored support. From COVID relief to connecting large-scale development projects with tax incentives, our office is here to support ventures of all sizes.

Empire State Development

33 Airport Center Drive - #201

 New Windsor, NY 12553

(845) 245-6804 | (TTY) 711 | Website


Empire State Development (ESD) is New York State's chief economic development agency and provides a range of tax credits and financial incentives to help businesses invest in their workforce, locate in strategic areas and improve their facilities. These include:


  • Excelsior Job Tax Credits
  • START-UP NY
  • Jobs Retention Program
  • Life Sciences Tax Credit Program
  • Employee Training Incentive Program
  • Commercial Tax Credit Program
  • New York State Film Tax Credit Program
  • New York Empowerment Zone Program
  • Opportunity Zone Program
  • Global NY Fund Grant Program 


Rockland County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)

254 South Main Street, Suite 410

New City, NY 10956

(845) 977-3900 | (TTY) 711 | Website


The Rockland IDA provides a variety of financial incentives to promote the attraction of new businesses to Rockland County, as well as the expansion of existing businesses in the community. These include: 

Sales Tax Exemption: The IDA can provide exemption from the 8.375% State and County sales tax for capital expenditures related to the project. Sales tax exemption can be applied to furniture, fixtures, equipment and renovation/construction materials related to the approved project.  

Mortgage Recording Tax Exemption: The IDA can provide exception from 1.05% of the State/County mortgage recording tax for applicable project financing.

PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes): The IDA is the legal vehicle for an eligible project to negotiate a property tax abatement agreement with local taxing entities (village, town, school district). In Rockland, each PILOT is unique and individually negotiated – and this allows PILOTs to establish a creative structure that can meet the needs of both developers and the local communities. 

Tax Exempt Bond Financing: This type of financing is limited to manufacturers, certain types of housing projects and non-profit entities. For eligible projects, the IDA can provide an “umbrella” of tax exemption for a bond that is provided by the applicant’s lending institution.


NOTE: Incentives are subject by the submission of an application, meeting eligibility requirements and consideration by the IDA board for approval.

Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R)

One Blue Hill Plaza

Pearl River, NY 10965

(845) 577-2498 | (TTY) 711  Website


Orange & Rockland offers incentive rates to qualifying commercial electric customers locating to – or expanding within – the company’s New York service territory. This incentive is designed to help ease the cost of making major relocation or expansion decisions. Businesses that qualify for the New York Economic Development Rate (ERO), will receive a 20% discount off the electric delivery portion of the rate for five years. In addition, O&R offers energy-efficient programs and equipment upgrades designed for businesses of all sizes. These include:

Business Direct Install Pathway Program: Under this program, O&R will cover up to 70% of the cost for energy improvements.  

Instant Lighting Incentive Program: Offers instant incentives on energy-efficient LED interior and exterior lighting.

Custom Rebate Pathway Program: Offers rebates for cost-effective measures including HVAC Upgrades - Electric or Gas.

Prescriptive Rebate Pathway Program: O&R's best option for heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) or variable speed drive (VSD) upgrades and installations that meet program eligibility requirements.


To learn more about O&R’s Rebate Programs, please visit www.oru.com/save.


O&R also has programs for businesses interested in electric vehicle power. These include:

 

·        Power Ready Program

·        Fleet Assessment Service

·        Medium/Heavy Duty Program

·        DCFC Incentive


Visit www.oru.com/evmrp or www.oru.com/EV/ny-commercial-ev for more information.


Rockland Works

BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC)

131 N. Midland Avenue

Nyack, NY 10960 

(845) 770-2900 | (TTY) 711 | Website

 

Rockland Works is a grant-funded program offered in partnership with the Workforce Development Board of Rockland County (WDBRC). Rockland Works is the county’s one-stop employment and training resource, supporting both the employment and training needs of job seekers and the staffing needs of local employers. Located at the BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) in Nyack, all services are provided free of charge.



Rockland Works provides career advising and counseling in both individual and class settings. Customers will acquire job search skills for employment, create a cover letter, resume and develop interviewing techniques. They will also learn to locate resources, navigate, organize and plan for their educational and career goals. Rockland Works’ programs and services include the following training:


·        Computer Skills: Excel, Word and PowerPoint

·        Customer Service

·        Presentation Skills

·        Verbal Communication Strategies

·        Teamwork

·        Decision Making and Problem Solving

·        Negotiation Skills

·        Organization and Planning

Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities

50 Sanatorium Road

Pomona, NY 10970

(845) 364-3980 | (TTY) 711 | Website


The Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities provides information, resources and advocacy for residents with disabilities who are seeking employment. There are many benefits and tax incentives – both state and federal - available to eligible businesses that hire people with disabilities. These include:

 

NYS Workers with Disabilities Employment Tax Credit (WETC): Provides a tax credit of up to $2,100 of the first $6,000 in wages per eligible individual during the second year of employment.


NYS Disabled Access Tax Credit: Provides a tax credit of up to 50% for businesses with fewer than 30 employees and no more than $1 million in gross receipts in the preceding year.


NYS Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: Provides a tax deduction for businesses that incur expenses related to removing physical, structural, and transportation barriers for people with disabilities.

 

Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Provides a federal tax credit to businesses that invest in employees who have faced significant barriers to employment, including people with disabilities. 


Disabled Access Credit: Provides a federal tax credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.


Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: Provides a tax deduction for businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly.


For more information on New York State tax incentives visit www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-5181 |

(TTY) 711.


For more information on Federal tax incentives visit www.irs.gov or call (800) 829-3676 or (800) 514-0383 |

(TTY) 711.

 

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The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations including independent arts contractors in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.