The Department of Development is a combination of the Economic and Community Development Departments. The Department provides a range of programs and services designed to strengthen our community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities. We work with other City Department, the County, and community-based non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for our citizens.
Whatever your business – and however its growing – Newark is the place for it. The City’s staff value each interaction with you and will continue to facilitate the productive public-private partnerships that make Newark a place where businesses can thrive. Explore the information below to see how we can assist your business, reflecting our commitment to create the best possible environment for your business and your life.
Retention and Expansion
The City of Newark values its existing businesses who are operating in our city and we strive to meet their ongoing needs to help them remain competitive and successful. Also the City of Newark is very pro-business and prides itself on successfully attracting and securing new businesses to our city.
Certified Local Government
A Certified Local Government (CLG) is authorized to designate certain structures or geographic area historic thereby making such properties eligible to apply for participation in the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program in an effort to assist in the rehabilitation and preservation of such historic structures.
Under Ohio Revised Code, sections 715.69 and 715.90, a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) is set up by a contract approved by the legislative authorities of one or more contiguous corporations and one or more contiguous townships. Legislative authorities enter into such contracts to facilitate economic development, to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities, and to improve the economic welfare of the people in the area. The JEDD program is designed to encourage cooperation among local communities, and it is considered by many to be a mutually beneficial economic development tool. This cooperation takes the for of tax revenue sharing among municipalities and townships.
Pataskala Corporate Park JEDD
The Pataskala Corporate Park JEDD was created on December 22, 2009 and is an agreement between the City of Pataskala, the City of Newark, and Harrison Township. The JEDD levies a 1.75% income tax on all businesses within its boundaries.
Joint Economic Development Zone
The creation of a Joint Economic Development Zone (“JEDZ”) was intended to assist, encourage and stimulate economic development. It is anticipated that the JEDZ will be developed into a commercial real estate development operating to facilitate new or expanded growth for commercial and economic development, to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities, and to improve the economic welfare of the citizens.
Etna Corporate Park JEDZ 1 and 2
The Etna Corporate Park JEDZ 1 and 2 are agreements between the City of Newark and Etna Township. The JEDZ 1 and 2 levy a 1.75% income tax on all businesses within its boundaries.