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Virginia Enterprise Zone - Accomack and Northampton Counties
Portions of Northampton and Accomack Counties are in a Virginia Enterprise Zone. Maps of the Zone are available online; please see the list below.
Virginia Enterprise Zones provide grants for qualifying companies that create new full-time jobs or improve commercial real estate. Northampton County’s Enterprise Zone has been approved for a ten-year term commencing January 1, 2015. Two substantial financial incentives are available to encourage business locations and expansions within the Zone:
Real Property Improvement Grant
Commercial real estate construction or improvement projects that meet minimum thresholds are eligible for a grant of up to 20% of the total cost of qualified improvements (maximum amount not to exceed $100,000 in a 5-year period for qualified real property investments less than $5 million; maximum amount not to exceed $200,000 for qualified real property investments of $5 million or more). The grants are made after the project is complete.
New construction projects must cost at least $500,000. Rehabilitated or expanded real property requires a minimum investment of at least $100,000. The purchase price of the real estate is not included in the investment calculation.
Residential projects are not eligible. Mixed-use projects that are at least 30% business use can qualify for a grant.
Businesses that create at least 4 new full-time jobs may be eligible to receive job creation grants, for a maximum of 350 eligible jobs per year. Jobs paying 200% of the federal minimum wage and providing health benefits will be eligible for a grant of $800 per year for five years. Jobs paying less than 200% of minimum wage, but at least 175% (and providing health benefits) will be eligible for a grant of $500 per year for five years. Jobs paying less than 175% of minimum wage will not be eligible for job grants.
Job grants are not available to retail, local service or food/beverage service businesses.
Enterprise Zone Maps
These maps of our Enterprise Zone are in PDF format (If you can't read the maps, you need to update your Acrobat Reader software. It's free. Go here for the update.) We've listed the maps in alphabetical order below.
Northampton County (Northampton County EZ maps were amended in April 2013)
Cape Charles Area
Cape Charles - Sunset Beach Area
Exmore - Willis Wharf Area
For information about Accomack's Enterprise Zoneplease contact:
Accomack County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
P. O. Box 686
Accomac, VA 23301