About the Urban Enterprise Association

Mission Statement

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association provides the means to improve the economic, physical, and social environment for Zone residents and businesses.

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington's urban core. The Enterprise Zone operates in accordance with Indiana State Code and has created or retained hundreds of jobs and spurred millions of dollar in increased investment.

Indiana offers a variety of state tax benefits for Zone businesses, investors and residents. Per state code, businesses and investors who claim Zone-related tax benefits must remit a small portion of their savings to the BUEA, which in turn operates a variety of programs and services to further economic development within the zone. Since 2001, zone management has fallen under the auspices of the City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND). Find out whether you are eligible to participate in these programs.

Statutory Authority: I.C. 4-4-6.1-4


Appointee Appointed By Term Expiration Date
Vacancy Common Council
Jack Baker Mayor 1/31/2016
Darcie Fawcett Common Council 1/31/2018
Vacancy Common Council
Danise Alano Martin Mayor 1/31/2016
Jim Blickensdorf Mayor 1/31/2016
Chris Sturbaum Common Council
Paul Ash Mayor 1/31/2016
Vacancy Governor
Vacancy Governor
Roger Kent Mayor 1/31/2016
Andrew Zurbuch Mayor 1/31/2016

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Zone Boundaries

Incentives and Programs for Businesses

By contributing to economic growth in the area, businesses located within the Enterprise Zone are eligible for several state tax benefits. Businesses can also participate in a variety of programs to help with capital improvements and training. These include competitive facility improvement loans, historic facade preservation grants, and training and support for entrepreneurial activity. Click here for the link to the 2014 Enterprise Zone Investment Deductions forms: EZ2 (PDF 257.97 KB), EZB-R (PDF 350.08 KB) and EZB-E (PDF 981.49 KB).

Incentives for Investors

Individuals and corporations may lower their state income tax liability by making investments in the Urban Enterprise Zone. These incentives apply to those purchasing an ownership interest in a Zone Business or making a Qualified Loan. Click here for the link to the Enterprise Zone Loan Interest Tax Credit form: Schedule LIC (PDF 136.06 KB)

Incentives for Residents

Residents living in the Urban Enterprise Zone are eligible for a variety of programs. Residents who live and work within the Zone are eligible for deduction from their state income taxes. In addition, those who have lived in the Zone for at least 12 months may apply for a scholarship to attend college. The BUEA also supports schools serving Zone residents through the provision of Annual School Technology Grants. Click here for the link to the 2014 Qualified Employee Deduction Certificate: IT-40QEC (PDF 150.27 KB).

Zone Arts Grant Program

Offered in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, (BEAD), the Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone.

Citizens, artists, teams of artists, local businesses, and non-profit organizations (including neighborhood groups) are eligible to apply for project support that will do one or more of the following for residents and businesses within the Urban Enterprise Zone: facilitate involvement in arts and cultural activities; provide an opportunity to participate in the creative process; advance the quality and availability of the arts in the Zone; or celebrate or enhance the identity of the Zone. Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, art markets, art space development and public art (including murals) are all examples of the types of projects eligible for funding through the BUEA and BEAD Zone Arts Grant program.

The first round of applications are due May 15th, 2015 and the second round of applications are due November 15th, 2015.

Grant program guidelines are available here (PDF 348.37 KB), and the application is available here (PDF 147.00 KB).

The application is submitted via FormsCentral PDF format, and applicants should download, save and reopen application before editing and submitting. Please note additional instructions for Mac users below.

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For more information, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at michaelm@bloomington.in.gov or (812) 349-3534.

Special Projects

Each year, the BUEA funds several projects for zoned schools, businesses and residents. Those projects include beautification, scholarships to attend Bradford Woods, equipment for schools including electronic and audiovisual materials, and numerous projects along the B-Line Trail. Click here (PDF 7.16 KB) to see the projects from 2009-2011.

User's Guide (PDF 7.61 MB)

Download the User's Guide for a readable, comprehensive description of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association. You can find all tax documents and links to grant and loan applications by clicking here.

* Zone residents appointed by Council cannot be of the same political party (IC 5-18-15-13(a)(3)(C)).

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