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Program Description

  Economic Development Fund

This program consolidates all of economic development programs into one program providing effective management and support. The consolidated programs are: Economic Development Grant and Loan, Biotech credit supplement, Move program, Small Business Assistance Program, CyberSecurity Credit Supplemental Grant, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Matching Grant Program, Micro-Loan program, and the Impact Assistance Program.

The Economic Development Grant and Loan Program was established in FY96 to assist private employers who will either retain jobs already in the County or create additional jobs in the County through the expansion of current operations or relocation of new operations in the County. This program is administered by the Department of Finance through its Fiscal Management Division. MCEDC identifies and develops prospects that meet the criteria for a grant or loan from the Economic Development Fund (EDF) and works with Finance to develop an assistance package. Frequently, MCEDC and Finance work in close cooperation and coordination with the State of Maryland. The County Executive submits an annual report by March 15 on the status and use of the EDF as required by Chapter 20-76 (b) of the Montgomery County Code

The Biotech Credit Supplement Program authorizes the County to provide a local supplement to the State of Maryland's Biotechnology Investment Tax Credit Program. Applicants that have received final tax credits under the State program and have invested in a company that has located its headquarters and base operations in Montgomery County are eligible for a 'piggyback' grant payment from the County of up to 50 percent of the State tax credit, with the final amount dependent and subject to the annual appropriations by the County Council.

The MOVE Program, part of the Economic Development Fund, is designed to accelerate business attraction, thereby reducing vacant office spaces in the County. It also provides an additional benefit for leasing vacant office space and renovating aging commercial buildings in targeted areas of the County. The program is limited to businesses that are new to the County, including craft breweries, cideries, wineries, and distillers that occupy class A and B office space.

The Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) assists certain small businesses located in the County who are adversely impacted by a County-funded redevelopment project or a redevelopment project located on County-owned property, as required by Bill 6-12 adopted by the Montgomery County Council in 2012. Currently, affected small businesses located near Parking Lot 13 in Wheaton are eligible under this program.

CyberSecurity Supplement Program local supplemental grants are awarded to qualified investors who receive a final tax credit certificate from the State of Maryland's CyberSecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Program

Montgomery County created a microloan program that provides loans ranging from $500 to $15,000 for County residents needing additional help to start and grow small businesses.

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Matching Grant Program allows Montgomery County companies who have been awarded a SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and conduct at least 51 percent of its research & development operations in Montgomery County to apply for a local Montgomery County match.

The Impact Assistance Fund (IAF) is a program that provides financial assistance and/or technical assistance to financially healthy small businesses in designated areas of the County that are adversely impacted by a redevelopment project initiated by the County, on County-owned property, or of a County facility, There are currently designated geographic areas in Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Clarksburg.

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Program Contacts

Contact Jedediah Millard of the Department of Finance at 240.777.8855 or Pofen Salem of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2773 for more information regarding this fund.

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Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved37393611.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.17420970.00
FY21 Recommended54814581.00