Is my organization or business eligible for IDA assistance?
The IDA was created to help businesses and organizations retain and increase jobs in Westchester County. The following businesses, organizations or projects are eligible:

  • Existing Westchester firms that need to expand or modernize their
    facilities, or add new employees.
  • New construction projects involving the building of commercial space or rentable residential space, including affordable housing and
    senior/senior care facilities.
  • Firms that are considering relocation out of New York State.
  • Developers of affordable housing.
  • Certain health and senior-related facility developers or operators.

Are retail projects eligible?
Not usually. The firm must not be considered a retail operation, legal practice or type of business that directly serves the public. New York State General Municipal Law (Article 18A) specifically forbids the usage of IDA benefits for retail projects in most cases. However, in situations where the retail project is located in a distressed census tract or adjacent to a distressed census tract, or is incidential to the project it is possible for the IDA to undertake a retail project.

Can I get benefits for an earlier project or lease I’ve already signed?
No. The Agency must be able to show that, without benefits, the project would not have occurred in Westchester. Furthermore, no leases can be signed prior to an IDA inducement resolution.

Are small businesses eligible?
Yes. Many benefits have gone to firms with fewer than 25 employees. Westchester County-based businesses with an income of less than $20 million a year that plan to spend $100,000 to $1,000,000 may be eligible if the benefits will help the company improve its competitiveness, remain in the county, create new jobs, or retain existing jobs.

Do you think you're eligible? Complete and submit the online IDA Project Worksheet. A representative of the IDA will contact you after it has been reviewed.

Our Incentives

Westchester County’s various incentives help support startups, assist not-for-profits, and promote economic development through creating, attracting and retaining jobs, and more.

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Industrial Development Agency

Sales tax exemptions on new construction, expansion or renovation projects, or the acquisition of new equipment, and more help companies grow and prosper.

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Local Development Corporation

Since its inception in 2012, we’ve assisted not-for-profit organizations in securing tax-exempt bond financing benefits totaling over $400 million—at no cost or risk to the taxpayers of Westchester County.

Our Programs

Westchester County offers programs and services to assist and incentivize businesses.

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Element 46 Incubator

The new Element 46 Incubator program kicked off in 2019 to inspire and support entrepreneurial talent and the development of new businesses in the County. Nearly a hundred business leaders will serve as mentors to startups, offering their expertise, time, and support.

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Minority and Women-Owned Business Program

Westchester works to encourage, promote and increase participation of business enterprises owned and controlled by persons of color or women.

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Opportunity Zones

This new community investment tool established by Congress in 2017 encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

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Service-Disabled Veteran - Owned Business Program

Westchester encourages and supports eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities.

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Disadvantaged Business Program

This federally regulated program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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