JPR worked alongside a local manufacturer who needed to grow their business to accommodate for product demand. The company planned for the addition of 1,000 new employees and up to four new 100,000-square-foot buildings. The industrial area, near the toll road interchange, had developed over time without municipal utilities. However, the area had been identified as a priority service area that would need sewer service within the next few years.
JPR recommended the area be designated as an economic development area and that a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District be established to provide a funding resource for the project. As the TIF was formed, JPR brokered an interlocal agreement with White Pigeon, MI, to provide treatment services for the area’s wastewater.
The project funding utilized a public-private partnership. Funding was provided by the private partner upfront, and they were paid back over time from their own tax increment. This repayment plan also included a benefit fee assessment that covered the entire TIF area.