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Economic Incentives

When projects powered by economic incentives succeed, they harness human ingenuity, innovative yet airtight investments and collaborative relationships to fuel commerce, produce profits, generate jobs, build homes and businesses and enhance cities. Highly regarded for our top-tier, efficient client service, our multidisciplinary team knows how to make multiparty partnerships work, often creating something out of nothing. We collaborate closely with businesses, developers, investors, nonprofit entities, local, state and federal agencies and others to secure financial incentives for our clients. We then help them every step of the way on projects that drive development and enrich the communities in which we live, work and grow.

Setting the Standard in Michigan and Beyond

Warner offers clients the largest economic incentives team in the state of Michigan and, in terms of years of experience and range of expertise, one of the deepest legal-business benches in the nation. Because of our nationally recognized knowledge and strategic skills in environmental, real estate, tax, finance and administrative law and our history of headline-making success, many consider us an economic-incentive powerhouse. But we remain humble. Our attorneys believe clients deserve the credit for placing their names and livelihoods at risk as we work together to launch and complete projects. Our team serves a wide range of businesses and nonprofits on a full spectrum of enterprises, from $500,000 to $1 billion developments and everything in-between. We give every client our undivided focus regardless of the project’s size and dollar value.

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Strengths Snapshot

Our attorneys draw on extensive experience and expertise to provide counsel in these and other areas:
  • Tax increment financing
  • Tax abatements and exemptions
  • Tax credit programs (state and federal)Historic preservation
  • Low income housing
  • Grants
  • Low-interest loans
  • PILOTs
  • Public and private bond programs

Incentive Practices

  • Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing
  • Brownfield Michigan Business Tax Credit (MBT)
  • New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC)
  • MEGA Job Creation
  • MEGA Job Retention
  • Anchor Tenant Credit
  • Film Infrastructure Credit
  • Film Production Credit
  • Film Jobs Training Credit
  • Investment Tax Credits (State)
  • Investment Tax Credits (Federal)
  • PA 198 Industrial Property Tax Abatements
  • Personal Property Tax Abatements (PA 328)
  • Neighborhood Enterprise Zones
  • Qualified Agricultural Property
  • Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act
  • Renaissance Zones (State)
  • Michigan State Sales Tax Exemption
  • Empowerment Zones (Federal)
  • Historic District Rehab Credits (State)
  • Historic District Rehab Credits (Federal)
  • Conservation Easements
  • Pollution Control Tax Exemption (Air-State)
  • Pollution Control Tax Exemption (Air-Federal)