Enterprise Zones


The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in economically depressed areas of the state through state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief and improved governmental services.

State Incentives and Exemptions – Apply through DCEO

  • Expanded state sales tax exemptions on purchases of personal property used or consumed in the manufacturing process or in the operation of a pollution control facility
  • An exemption on the state utility tax for electricity and natural gas
  • An exemption on the Illinois Commerce Commission’s administrative charge and telecommunication excise tax

Exemptions are available for companies that make minimum statutory investments that either create or retain a certain number of jobs.  These exemptions require a business to make application to, and be certified by, the Illinois Department of Commerce.

Local Incentives and Exemptions

In addition to state incentives, each zone offers local incentives to enhance business development projects.  The Jacksonville Regional Enterprise Zone has a designated local zone administrator responsible for compliance and is available to answer questions.  To receive a Certificate of Eligibility for Sales Tax Exemption, and Property Tax Abatement, you must contact the local zone administrator of the zone into which purchased building materials will be incorporated.

Whether your project is residential and you’re seeking a Building Materials Sales Tax Exemption Certificate or a commercial/industrial expansion, relocation or remodel project qualifying for the Sales Tax Exemption and Property Tax Abatement, we’ve provided the information and the application and you will need to obtain benefits.

For questions and assistance with Enterprise Zone benefits, please contact Bonni Waters, Zone Administrator or the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation for any other assistance you may need with your project.

We’re pleased that you have chosen our region for your project and we are ready to assist you in any way we can.  We wish you the best of luck and thank you for choosing the Morgan-Scott Region for your business and residential projects!

Jacksonville Regional Enterprise Zone

Bonni Waters, Zone Administrator