Companies locating or expanding in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough can take advantage of a variety of tax, financing and business development incentives. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough works closely with existing and new businesses to ensure that firms may take full advantage of the programs and assistance that may save businesses time and money.
Lowering the cost of doing business, particularly in the early stages of a start-up, can have important consequences on the ability of a new business to begin operations. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough recognized this need and offers all qualified new businesses the ability to reduce their initial operating costs by deferring tax payments for up to five (5) years.
Sale and Leases at Less than Fair Market Value
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is a major landowner and has several key industrial sites, including the Port MacKenzie marine and industrial complex. Qualified new businesses may purchase and/or lease land owned by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough at less than fair market value at existing industrial sites or on other land owned by the Borough.
Industrial Revenue Bonds
Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB) are tax-exempt bonds that may be offered by the Borough on behalf of private companies. Since interest payments to IRB buyers are not subject to federal income tax, the bonds can be sold at lower rates of interest. This status reduces the financing cost of a project.
Small Business Development Center
Location:201 N Lucille St, Ste 2A
Business Development Assistance
The highly successful Mat-Su Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a cooperative effort of the University of Alaska and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to foster new and existing business development. The Mat-Su SBDC offers business-consulting services free of charge. Examples of the assistance provided include business plan development, accounting, marketing, etc. Additionally, the Mat-Su SBDC provides assistance in identifying business loan and grant possibilities and helps firms complete and file the associated loan and grant applications.
Fast Track Permitting
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough understands that time is money and is therefore committed to reducing barriers and paperwork that may stand in the way of private investment projects. Permits and licenses can generally be approved within 60 to 90 days from the time the private enterprise submits a completed application. The Assistant Borough Manager acts as an ombudsman for the firm to assist and move the project along in a timely manner.
Infrastructure and Site Development Assistance
Cooperative efforts with the State of Alaska and Federal Governments
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough enjoys a good relationship with the various agencies of the State of Alaska and federal governments. These agencies provide access to revolving loans, new start-up financing, loan guarantees, grants and technical assistance. The Borough will provide assistance to private enterprises seeking assistance from both state and federal agencies. In addition, the Borough provides suggestions on potential state and federal financing that may be available to new or expanding businesses.
for the various new business and employment creation incentives offered by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, submit a cover letter to the Borough Manager at the address shown below, describing your new or expanding business and desire to locate in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. A pre-application meeting will be arranged within five (5) days of receipt of your request. At the pre-application meeting, the available incentives will be explained, as well as the application and approval process.
Guidelines for qualifying for the various incentives take into account the following:
- New start-up standard
- Number of jobs created
- Economic diversification potential
- Import substitution potential
- Agglomerative economies potential
- Public and Private sector capital commitment
- Feasibility of project completion
- Ability of applicant to repay, if required
Be sure to also review the Borough Code for provisions regarding access to public records and economic development. The relevant sections are:
Title 1.5: General Provisions: Access to Public Records
Title 26.05: Economic Development: General Provisions