How do I apply for a tax abatement?

The tax abatement program is managed by the St. Joseph County Council.  The Division of Economic Development plays a support role to the Council and works with the prospects and assists them through the various interviews and meetings required for approval.  Tax abatement information can be found at:

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1. What is the County's role in economic development?
2. How does the County interact with economic development organizations (South Bend Regional Chamber, South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership, Indiana Economic Development Corporation)
3. How does the County interact with other local government economic development entities (City of South Bend, City of Mishawaka, Towns)
4. What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?
5. What is an Economic Development Area? How does this relate to TIF?
6. What is a tax abatement/tax phase in?
7. How do I apply for a tax abatement?
8. What is eminent domain? Would the County ever use eminent domain to acquire property?