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Detroit welcomes businesses from around the world and around the block by offering a variety of financial resources and incentives. These programs are specifically targeted to inspire economic growth for relocating or expanding businesses. From tax abatements and Brownfield plans to workforce development training, Detroit offers the solutions businesses need to be successful.


Below is the process to apply for a tax incentive:

  1. Submit your petition letter or certificate application along with attachments to the City of Detroit Clerk’s office. Example petition letters, applications and attachments can be found below.
    • The Clerk’s office will forward the application to the City’s Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD) for processing. If you are not contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your petition, please reach out to our office or HRD.
  2. Submit underwriting information directly to the DEGC online via the “Link to Project Intake Form” below.
    • The form includes submission of a proforma. You may utilize the MEDC’s standard proforma or provide your own. The submitted proforma must be in a dynamic excel document with working formulas, not hard coded numbers. Upon completion of the form, you will be contacted within two days to discuss the next steps. Please be aware that all tax incentives requests in the City of Detroit are subject to a financial review for incentive necessity and final review by City Council.

For a sample of the DEGC’s output product, please see the Sample Project Fact Sheet.