Incentives & Programs

There are many reasons to expand or relocate your business to Nashua. Our high quality of life, low crime rates and skilled workforce are certainly worth noting. Nashua also has no state or local income or sales taxes. We are serious about helping companies succeed here and making a positive difference to their future bottom lines. To do that, we offer financial resources and assistance that will help you grow and thrive.

Incentives & Tax Credits

BROWNFIELDS TAX ABATEMENT

Under NH state law, RSA 76:19-a, the City may grant a brownfields tax abatement in order to encourage economic development projects. A brownfield site is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Under RSA 76:19-a, the Nashua Board of Alderman may approve a property tax abatement in an amount equal to “prior years' taxes and accrued interest…as it shall deem just and equitable.” To be eligible, the property must be enrolled in the State’s Brownfields Program, administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services.

CDIP TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

Eligible entities may apply to the NH Community Development Finance Authority for an allocation of Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) Tax Credits, to help finance a variety of projects which create economic and community development benefits. Maximum awards are $700,000. Approximately 80% of awarded funds are directly available to finance a project. Businesses may receive a 75% state tax credit against a donation made to any approved project, which may be applied against the state business taxes. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

The City of Nashua is eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds to support economic development, public facilities and affordable housing projects. Nashua has received more than $10 million dollars in block grant funding over the past 40 years. Opportunities for creative partnerships with the City utilizing Community Development Block Grant funding are available.

ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION ZONE (“ERZ”) TAX CREDITS

Nashua has identified six areas within the city where investment and job creation are strongly encouraged. These Economic Revitalization Zones (ERZ) provide the opportunity for growing firms to qualify for tax credits to be used against the New Hampshire Business Profits Tax and the Business Enterprise Tax.  Nashua’s seven ERZ Zones are:

  • Downtown/Simon Street,
  • Westwood Industrial Park,
  • Southwood/Trafalgar,
  • Spit Brook Road,
  • Northeastern Blvd,
  • Amherst Street, and
  • Perimeter Road/Nashua Airport

HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

Development projects which preserve and renovate a “historic” building may qualify for Federal Historic Tax Credits. A 20% income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be “certified historic structures.” All renovations under the 20% program must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of historic structures. The US Internal Revenue Service defines qualified rehabilitation expenses on which the credit may be taken. Owner-occupied residential properties do not qualify for the federal rehabilitation tax credit.

LAND & COMMUNITY HERITAGE GRANTS

Eligible communities and non-profit entities may apply to the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) for matching grants up to $500,000 for the conservation and preservation of NH’s significant natural, cultural, and historic resources. Since the program’s inception, a total of $37 million has been invested.

NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS

Property within certain federal census tracts within the City of Nashua may be eligible for the federal New Market Tax Credit Program. Implemented in 2000, projects utilizing this program are eligible for 39% tax credit on the total project cost over a seven-year period. For real estate development projects, the tax credit can be claimed directly by the developer of the project, or sold in order to raise equity for a project. These tax credits must be secured from “Community Development Entities” (“CDEs”) which have been awarded credits from the US Department of Treasury. Area CDEs having credits to invest in projects include the NH Business Finance Authority, Coastal Enterprises based in Portland Maine, the Mascoma Savings Bank, and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation. The Nashua Center for the Arts was partially funded using New Market Tax Credits.

GREATER NASHUA REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM

Established in 1983, the City’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program was capitalized with a Community Development Block Grant and as such, the City typically requires that loans are used to create economic development to benefit low and moderate income residents. Today, the City’s RLF program has a portfolio of more than 20 loans totaling approximately $1million.

RSA 79-E COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION TAX RELIEF INCENTIVE

RSA 79-E is a local option statute designed to support revitalization of downtown and village centers by providing property tax incentives for qualifying development projects. Properties located outside of the downtown or village center must be an historic property as defined in RSA 79-E:2. The incentive allows for a property owner to forgo property taxes associated with real estate improvements for a period of up to 15 years. Projects located within the downtown or Penacook Village RSA 79-E District must have budgets which are at least 15% of the structure’s assessed value, or $75,000, whichever is less. Projects located outside either district must have costs which are 25% of the structure’s assessed value or $250,000, whichever is less.  Click here for the updated RSA 79-E program guidelines and application.

TAX INCREMENT FINANCING

In accordance with state law, the City has the ability to create Tax Increment Finance districts to capture and retain all, or a portion of, property tax revenues generated by new real estate development within such districts. The revenues allocated to the districts are then used to support infrastructure construction and maintenance. Learn more about TIF districts in this informational presentation. 

Access To Capital

One of the many advantages to doing business in Nashua is that it is home to a variety of financial institutions:

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER (REDC) 

The Regional Economic Development Center (REDC) is a nonprofit alternative lender that provides advising, funding, and support to new and existing companies that have challenges accessing traditional financing in New Hampshire.

NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS FINANCE AUTHORITY (BFA) 

Created to foster economic development and create employment in New Hampshire. Working with the state’s banking, business, and economic development sectors, the BFA develops and implements programs which expand the availability of credit in the state, continually updating and expanding its programs to meet the changing needs of New Hampshire’s business community.

U.S SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

The SBA offers several small business loan guarantees and assistance programs in cooperation with local banks that may increase the availability and reduce the costs of business financing for new and expanding small businesses.

COMMUNITY LOAN FUND

Provides self-employed and small business entrepreneurs with loans, training and support resources to help businesses succeed.

VESTED FOR GROWTH (VFG) 

Established New Hampshire-based businesses can obtain capital in the form of royalty, or mezzanine, financing through VFG’s portfolio companies. These companies can also offer access to industry contacts, human resource development and other business resources.

NH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center is the key link to business assistance in NH and to programs offered through the university system, the State of New Hampshire, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the private sector. The SBDC offers free, one-on-one, confidential business counseling, low cost training programs, and access to information and referral services. Specialized services include environmental counseling, manufacturing assistance, and innovative economic development initiatives.

NH INTERNATIONAL TRADE RESOURCE CENTER

The New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center's unique alliance of state, federal and private sector organizations - all conveniently housed in one single location - offers a full spectrum of information, programs and customized services. The Trade Center also offers an extensive international business library, the statewide hub of the International Trade Data Network, a worldwide network of Commercial Consuls, a European-based logistics center and overseas virtual offices

CAPITAL REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (CRDC)

CRDC is a non-profit economic development corporation offering a variety of economic development and business financing services. CRDC is an organization that partners with municipalities, bank, state agencies, other non-profits, and businesses in order to facilitate job creation and tax base-improving projects. Its mission is: to promote, support, and facilitate economic development by fostering the creation and retention of permanent quality jobs, enhancement in wages, and property tax base expansion; and to actively pursue these goals, consistent with the continued stability of the organization. The organization focuses on two core delivery areas: financing businesses and real estate development.