Business Incentive Zones

Enterprise ZoneThis centrally located zone includes the Pratt & Whitney World Headquarters and surrounding areas including parts of Main Street and Silver Lane.  Benefits are generally available to businesses that start up in the zone, relocate there or improve property within it. The benefits, detailed in OLR 2011-R0307, include:

  • Five-year, 80% property tax exemption on new taxable value for improving or acquiring “manufacturing facilities” and acquiring machinery and equipment,
    • for commercial and residential real property improvements that do not qualify for the above exemption (other than improvements to manufacturing facilities), a seven-year property tax exemption (100% in first two years, 50% in third, and a decrease in 10% in each of the remaining four years), (CGS § 32-71),
  • 10-year, 25% corporate business tax credit attributed to facility improvements. The credit increases to 50% for certain businesses that meet resident employment criteria (CGS § 12-217e),
  • 10-year corporate business tax credit (100% for first three years, 50% for next seven years) for starting a new business in an enterprise zone (business must employ a certain number of residents to qualify) (CGS § 12- 217v).
  • State conveyance tax exemption for all real estate transactions in the zone (CGS § 12-498)

Click here for the Enterprize Zone map.

Railroad Depot ZoneThis zone offers benefits for properties along railroad rights of way in our community.  It includes industrial cooridors along Tolland Street and Park Avenue as well as the Prestige Park and North Meadows areas.  It offers all the benefits of the Enterprise Zone except for the state conveyance tax exemption. 

Click here for the Railroad Depot Zone map.

Enterprise Zone & Railroad Depot Zones Tax Incentives

Manufacturing & Related Industries

80% abatement of local real & personal property taxes (state reimburses town up to half of this amount)

Five (5) years

25% credit on state corporate taxes

Ten (10) years

Other property not related to manufacturing

Diminishing tax exemption on value of real property improvements

Seven Years

Years 1-2:  100%

Year 3:  50%

Year 4:  40%

Year 5: 30%

Year 6: 20%

Year 7: 10%

Enterprise Zone Only Tax Incentives

Any property sold within the zone

Exemption of state conveyance tax

At time of conveyance

Opportunity Zones:  East Hartford has five Opportunity Zones, which allow investors to delay including capital gains as taxable income by reinvesting the value in opportunity funds, which invest in properties and businesses in these designated areas.  Click here to learn more.

For more information on East Hartford's Incentive Zones, please call the Economic Development Coordinator at (860) 291-7299.