1. An enterprise zone may be designated by a county which meets at least two of the following criteria:
a. The county has an average weekly wage that ranks among the bottom twenty-five counties in the state based on the 1995 annual average weekly wage for employees in private business.
b. The county has a family poverty rate that ranks among the top twenty-five counties in the state based on the 1990 census.
c. The county has experienced a percentage population loss that ranks among the top twenty-five counties in the state between 1990 and 1995.
d. The county has a percentage of persons sixty-five years of age or older that ranks among the top twenty-five counties in the state based on the 1990 census.
2. An enterprise zone may be designated by a city which meets at least two of the following criteria:
a. The area has a per capita income of nine thousand six hundred dollars or less based on the 1990 census.
b. The area has a family poverty rate of twelve percent or higher based on the 1990 census.
c. Ten percent or more of the housing units are vacant in the area.
d. The valuations of each class of property in the designated area is seventy-five percent or less of the citywide average for that classification based upon the most recent valuations for property tax purposes.
e. The area is a blighted area, as defined in section 403.17.
3. The department of economic development shall certify eligible enterprise zones that meet the requirements of subsection 1 upon request by the county or subsection 2 upon request by the city, as applicable.
4. A city of any size or any county may designate an enterprise zone at any time prior to July 1, 2010, when a business closure occurs involving the loss of full-time employees, not including retail employees, at one place of business totaling at least one thousand employees or four percent or more of the county's resident labor force based on the most recent annual resident labor force statistics from the department of workforce development, whichever is lower. The enterprise zone may be established on the property of the place of business that has closed and the enterprise zone may include an area up to an additional one mile adjacent to the property. The area meeting the requirements for enterprise zone eligibility under this subsection shall not be included for the purpose of determining the area limitation pursuant to section 15E.192, subsection 4.
97 Acts, ch 144, §4; 2000 Acts, ch 1213, §9, 10
Referred to in §15E.193A, 15E.195, 15E.196
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