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Renaissance Zones

  • Originally, Michigan Renaissance Zones (“Geographic RZs”) were regions of the state designated as virtually tax free for any business or resident presently in or moving into a zone for a period of up to 15 years. Since then, the Renaissance Zone Act has been expanded shifting away from larger geographic area designations and now focuses on project specific, parcel specific designations. All Renaissance Zone types receive the same benefit. As of December 31, 2011, this portion of the program is being phased out and time extensions and new subzones are no longer available.

    Today, projects are first vetted to determine eligibility before an application is released for consideration of a Renaissance Zone designation under the special zones: Agricultural Processing Facility, Renewable Energy, Forest Products or MSF Designated Zones. The application process is a combined effort of the qualified governmental unit and the company (to include the property owner if not the company). Development Agreements are required for all new designations.

    Breakouts of the various Renaissance Zone types are outlined below:
     

    Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zones (APRZ)

    Michigan has a vibrant food and agricultural industry and is second in our nation in the variety of commodities grown for market. Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zones (APRZ) were created to promote agricultural processing operations in the State of Michigan and to enhance the industry overall. These APRZs differ from Michigan’s original renaissance zones because they require them to contain a company’s agricultural processing facility and can be located anywhere in Michigan. Download the fact sheet or map of designated APRZs.

    Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zones (FPPRZ)

    To assist in the development of a strong forest products industry in Michigan, Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zones (FPPRZs) were created to promote forest products operations in the state and to enhance the industry. These FPPRZs differ from Michigan’s original renaissance zones because they are required to contain a company’s forest products processing facility and can be located anywhere in Michigan. Download the fact sheet or map or designated FPPRZs.

    Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) Designated Renaissance Zones (MSF RZs)

    These zones were created specifically for significant projects that could be located anywhere throughout the state. Michigan Strategic Fund Renaissance Zones (MSF RZs) through the years have also entailed site specific zones specifically for the designation of the redevelopment of former manufacturing sites located throughout the state, also known as MSF Redevelopment Renaissance Zones. There also has been one designation permitted for an MSF Pharmaceutical Renaissance Zone and an MSF Alternative Energy Renaissance Zone, as well as the MSF zones utilized for all scopes of projects. Download the map of designated MSF RZs.

    Renewable Energy Renaissance Zones (RERZs)

    These zones were created to promote renewable energy operations in the state. These Renewable Energy Renaissance Zones (RERZs) differ from Michigan’s original renaissance zones because they require them to contain a company’s renewable energy facility and can be located anywhere in Michigan. Download the fact sheet or map of designated RERZs.

    Tool & Die Recovery Zones

    Tool & Die Recovery Zones are not geographic in nature but are based on collaborative agreements between tool and die companies that can be located across the state that join together to collaborate on key elements in legislation. The program was adopted to assist the tool and die industry in the state by making companies tax free if they were willing and agreed to collaborate with other tool and die companies. Tool & Die Recovery Zones are industry-based and company-specific with the intent of encouraging collaboration among tool and die companies to help them retain existing jobs and strengthen the companies to make them more competitive in the global marketplace. Download the fact sheet, list of Websites for Tool & Die Recovery Zones or map of Tool & Die Recovery Zones.

    All tool and die companies required to report to the Michigan Strategic Fund must file a progress report with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on January 31 of each year. Companies required to report should use the Renaissance Zone Progress Reporting Form.

    Tool and die companies who are reporting voluntarily should use the streamline form and file with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation by February 28th each year. 

    Renaissance Zone Progress Reporting Form

    All companies with a Development Agreement with the Michigan Strategic Fund must file a progress report with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on January 31 of each year. Form will be available by December of each year.

    Program Contact: MEDC RenZoneProgram@michigan.org