The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association (EUEA) oversees the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone (EUEZ) and its programs that address the two-fold mission of the EUEA:
Increase the number of jobs in the EUEZ by the retention and expansion of existing businesses, and the attraction and development of new businesses.
Improve the quality of life of Zone residents, improve Zone residents’ employability and fill Zone jobs with Zone residents.
The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone (EUEZ) is an area of the community that is targeted for physical revitalization, job creation and improvements in social and economic conditions. The designated area includes downtown Elkhart and its nearby neighborhoods, as well as the residential and industrial areas located on the southwest portion of the community.
The EUEA Board & Officers
James Gardner, President
Therese Geise, Vice President
Bill Lavery, Treasurer
Kevin Bullard, City Council Representative
Arvis Dawson, Zone Resident Representative
Kristine Smole, Economic Development
The EUEA Staff
Sherry Weber, Clerical Services
The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association (EUEA) oversees the Enterprise Zone, an area of the urban community targeted for physical revitalization, job creation, and improvements in social and economic conditions. In Elkhart, the Enterprise Zone includes the downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, as well as its southwest residential and industrial areas.
Property Tax Investments
This refers to the increased value of an Enterprise Zone business property due to
real and/or personal property investment. The added valuation may be deducted for
up to 10 years. Qualified investments include: purchase of an existing building,
repair/rehab/modernization of an existing building, construction of a new building,
onsite infrastructure improvements, purchase of new manufacturing or production
equipment, or retooling of existing equipment.
Investment Cost Credit
Purchasers of ownership interest in a business located in the Zone may be
eligible for credit against their state tax liability. The allowable credit percentage —
of up to 30% — depends on the type of investment, the type of business and the
number of jobs created. This credit may be applied against individual or
corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax liability. The Indiana Economic
Development Corporation determines the qualification and the credit percentage
allowed — prior to the purchase.
Employment Expense Credit
Enterprise Zone employers can earn tax credits for employing Zone residents. The
credit is the lesser of 10% of the increase in wages paid to qualified employees or
$1,500 multiplied by the number of those employees. The credit may be applied
against Individual or Adjusted Gross Income Tax, Financial Institutions Tax or
Insurance Premiums Tax liabilities.
Lenders associated with the Enterprise Zone may be eligible for loan interest credit. An individual or business that pays taxes in Indiana is entitled to a tax credit on interest income earned from a loan that directly benefits an Enterprise Zone business, increases Enterprise Zone property values or is used to rehab/repair/improve a Zone residence. The credit is equal to 5% of the loan interest received during the year. This credit may be applied against the individual or corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax, Financial Institutions Tax or the Insurance Premiums Tax. Note: To receive those tax incentives, the lender need not to be located in the Enterprise Zone.
Residents who both live and work in Elkhart’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) may also benefit from potential tax-savings. They are qualified if they live in the EZ, they work at least 50% of the time within the EZ and at least 90% of their services as an EZ employee are directly related to the facility where they work within the EZ. If eligible, they may deduct half of their adjusted gross income earned during the year, up to a maximum deduction of $7,500. This could result in an annual tax savings for each resident of up to $255 if they are qualified and if their earnings within the EZ equal or exceed $15,000.
Property Tax Investment Deduction: Form EZ-2 (Indiana State Form 52501). To qualify for the Investment Cost Credit and prior to purchase of a property, a taxpayer must request the Indiana Economic Development Corporation determine whether a purchase of ownership in a business located in an Enterprise Zone is a qualified investment and the credit percentage to be allowed.
Employment Expense Credit : Schedule EZ 1, 2, 3 (Indiana State Form 49178)
Loan Interest Credit: Schedule LIC (Indiana State Form 21926)
Enterprise Zone Qualified Employee Deduction: Schedule IT-40QEC (Indiana State Form 21928)
To learn more or to download the Indiana State tax forms, go online: www.in.gov/dor (Department of Revenue).
The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association (EUEA) offers a Neighborhood Grant Program to neighborhood associations within the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone (EUEZ) to assist them with costs associated with neighborhood-sponsored projects and programs. The award amount will be based on the overall financial need of the project up to a $500 amount. Eligible grants include but are not limited to:
- Newsletter publications
- Neighborhood block parties and/or other events
- Clean-up and/or beautification activities (landscaping improvements, community gardens, etc.)
- Public art programs and beautification projects
Grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Any unused grant funds will not carry over into the next year. Grant payments are made directly to vendors upon receipt of invoices or reimbursement can be made to the neighborhood after receipts showing payment are presented.
Click here for the Neighborhood Grant application.
The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association (EUEA) offers an Emergency Relief Fund to locally owned, small businesses within the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone (EUEZ) that have been economically impacted by COVID-19 related to loss of revenue. This is a grant and requires no repayment of the awarded funds. Eligible grants include but are not limited to:
- Mortgage payments
- Utility payments
The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021.
Click here for the Emergency Relief Fund Application.
The Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association (EUEA) offers an Enterprise Zone Scholarship as a part of its mission to improve the quality of life for Zone residents.
Applicants must live and/or work in the Elkhart Enterprise Zone and have received a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) prior to the start of the degree program chosen. The EUEA scholarship program is available to traditional and non-traditional students at an Indiana institution. Students of apprenticeship programs, vocational training programs, trade schools, technical schools, colleges and universities are eligible. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible.
Scholarship finalists will be required to attend a EUEA board meeting and make an informal presentation.
- Must live or work in the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) prior to the start of the fall semester
- Must be enrolled or accepted to an Indiana institution
- Be considered at least a part-time student by school or training program
- Must submit transcript after each semester
- Submit the completed application
- Write a 500 word essay how the scholarship would help you achieve your educational/career goal(s)
- Provide Official School or Program Transcript
- If available, submit a resume
- Attend an EUEA Board meeting and make an informal presentation
- Provide proof of enrollment, tuition and book costs
- If already attending, have at least a 2.0 (C) Grade Point Average
- If you fall below a 2.0 Grade Point Average, no further funds will be awarded
- Scholarships are up to $1,000 per academic year, with a lifetime maximum cap of $4,000
- Scholarships are made payable to the school or training program
- All documentation must be submitted before an application will be considered
Application and all required materials due to the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association
by May 7, 2021, at 5:00 pm
*The EUEA reserves the right to reject any and all applications
Find out if you live, work, or both in the Enterprise Zone!