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The Economic Development Digest - November 1, 2013

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

In this week's Economic Development Digest:

  • Finally, good news from Washington, Newnan Times-Herald (October 30, 2013)
    The Water Resources Reform Development Act passes the U.S. House of Representatives, authorizing the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
  • Maryland comptroller's newsletter notifies taxpayers of new credits, modifications, (October 30, 2013)**
    A fall newsletter issued by the Maryland comptroller's office alerts taxpayers to new business tax credits, income modifications, and other tax changes effective in 2014, and offers information on 529 plans, the state's efforts to alert organizations that are about to lose their federal exempt status, and attempts to return unclaimed property.
  • SEC proposes new crowdfunding rules, (October 29, 2013)
    Start-ups, social-media savvy companies and other private issuers may soon have a new way to raise capital thanks to key provisions of the recent Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and proposed implementing rules announced last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The long-awaited “crowdfunding” rules were unanimously adopted by the SEC commissioners and will allow issuers to raise up to $1 million per year through unregistered, internet-based public offerings marketed to the general public. The proposed rules will now undergo a public comment and review period before being finalized.
South Carolina
  • SC's inland port opens for business, Herald Online (October 27, 2013)
    South Carolina's $50 million inland port began operating in October and is touted as a far more efficient way to move materials from the seaport inland.
  • Virginia tax commissioner explains qualifying expenses for film tax credit, (October 18, 2013)**
    The Virginia tax commissioner, in a letter ruling, addresses whether fringe benefits provided by a production company, such as equipment rentals, FICA taxes, and workers' compensation insurance, are considered compensation and wages that are treated as qualifying expenses under the state's motion picture production tax credit.
West Virginia
  • Bill proposes customers pay extra to attract a steel plant, The Herald Dispatch (October 29, 2013)
    State Rep. Terry Johnson has introduced legislation to raise economic development funds by charging electric customers an extra fee to help bring a steel plant to Scioto County. The multi-million dollar project could bring an estimated 1,100 full-time jobs and a large number of construction jobs, developers say.

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