The City and County of Merced provide numerous incentives for new and existing businesses. In addition the competitive wages and available labor, businesses have the below incentives available to them.

Site Identification and Development Assistance
The City of Merced Office of Economic Development staff can help your company through the development process by coordinating pre-development meetings and assisting your company. Office of Economic Development staff can arrange meetings with other City departments such as Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Public Works, and Fire.

One Stop Permit Center
The City of Merced has made tremendous strides to streamline the development process. The result is further reductions in already short permit time frames. The City's One-Stop Permit Center, incorporating Planning, Engineering and Inspection Services, is available to assist you with all development permits, including planning, zoning, environmental and others. Economic Development Staff will serve as your One-Stop Permit Center liasion to ensure a smooth process.

California Employment Training Panel (ETP)
This state program assists businesses in acquiring and retaining a highly skilled work force with expertise in very specific fields in order to increase competitiveness and productivity. The company must produce products or services sold out-of-state, or have in-state sales, which compete with products, sold out-of state, and meet the wage requirements. ETP will enter into a performance-based contract that will include a customized training curriculum, for new or existing employees, that is performed by either an approved training agency or the company itself. As the training is completed, the costs for developing, implementing, and completing the training are completes training and remains on the job for 90 days. For 10 reimbursed. Ranging from about $1,500 to $2,000 per employee, reimbursements are made to the company for each employee that employees trained, this can total up to $20,000.

Industrial Development Bonds
Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs) allow job generating manufacturers to finance acquisition and expansion projects at low rates through tax-exempt bond issuance. Qualified firms can use IDBs for projects of $1 million to $10 million.

Deferral of Capital Fees
The City of Merced may defer the collection of capital fees (facility charges) until the time the Certificate of Occupancy is issued, not upon the pulling of the building permit. This saves up-front expense in project construction.

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)
The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that fall just outside of most banks' conventional underwriting standards.

CalCAP is a form of loan portfolio insurance which may provide up to 100% coverage on certain loan defaults. By participating in CalCAP, lenders have available to them a proven financing mechanism to meet the financing needs of California's small businesses.The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that fall just outside of most banks' conventional underwriting standards.

Recycling Market Development Zone
Incentives include one-stop permitting assistance, waiver or reduction of development/permit fees, a database on land, buildings, markets, and feedstock, a micro revolving loan fund, and installment payment of fees. The RMDZ loan program can also fund a maximum of 75% of costs directly attributed to an eligible project up to a maximum of $2 million, whichever is less. This benefit is available to companies in Fresno County who recycle materials which would otherwise be sent to landfills.

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