More Subsidy Tracking in Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania

July 21, 2011

Subsidy Tracker

, Good Jobs First’s database of company-specific info on economic development subsidies, has just greatly expanded its coverage of Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania. It wasn’t easy.

Each of those states has an online database with quite a bit of subsidy recipient info, but the data could not be easily captured for reuse in Tracker. Michigan’s site, for example, is in the form of a map that requires the user to click on each individual subsidized location to display details; some of the info requires clicking again to view individual PDF forms. None of the three states was willing to provide us with the underlying data in spreadsheet form.

We solved the problem with the help of consultant Skye Bender-deMoll, who wrote programs that scraped the data from the web or PDF pages and put it into spreadsheets that (after some reformatting) could be uploaded to Subsidy Tracker.

Skye also worked his magic on databases covering individual programs such as Ohio’s Community Reinvestment Areas and North Dakota’s Development Fund.

Thanks to these efforts, plus other non-scraping work, Subsidy Tracker now contains more than 80,000 entries on 216 programs in 39 states.

We are close to exhausting all the available online data from state subsidy programs and have begun focusing more on obtaining unpublished data from agencies.

New Additions


Bluegrass State Skills Corporation Grant-in-Aid Program

Bluegrass State Skills Corporation Skills Investment Credit

Department of Commercialization & Innovation Awards

Incentives for Energy Independence Act

Kentucky Business Investment Program

Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Direct Loan

Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act

Kentucky Environmental Stewardship Act

Kentucky Industrial Development Act

Kentucky Industrial Revitalization Act

Kentucky Jobs Development Act

Kentucky Jobs Retention Act

Kentucky Reinvestment Act

Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act


Pine Tree Development Zones


21st Century Jobs Fund

Brownfield Tax Increment Financing

Centers of Energy Excellence

Commercial Personal Property Tax Relief

Economic Development Job Training

Industrial Personal Property Tax Credit

Industrial Personal Property Tax Relief

Investment Tax Credit

MEGA (Michigan Economic Growth Authority) Tax Credits

Michigan Business Tax Battery Credit

Michigan Business Tax Brownfield Credit

Michigan Business Tax Compensation Tax Credit

Research & Development Tax Credit

Sales & Use Tax Exemption

Single Business Tax Brownfield Credit

Special Tooling Property Tax Exemption

Transportation Economic Development Fund


Community Reinvestment Areas


Customized Job Training

Film Production Grant Initiative

Film Tax Credit

Infrastructure Development Program Grant

Job Creation Tax Credit

Machinery & Equipment Loan Fund

Opportunity Grant Program

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority  (PIDA) Loans

South Dakota

Revolving Economic Development and Initiative (REDI) Fund

Additional years of coverage added

Alaska – Film Tax Credit – now FY2010-2011

Arizona – Enterprise Zone Premium and Income Credit – now FY2006-2010

North Dakota – ND Development Fund – now 1990-Jun2011