Economy & Workforce

The formula for our highly productive workforce is our skilled and educated population coupled with a strong Midwestern work ethic. As the County seat, all employment sectors - industrial, service, government, education and health care - are represented throughout the Hiawatha area. This diversity lends stability to our economy. The major employment anchors are health care, government, education, casinos, manufacturing, and agriculture. Opportunities are boundless for industries wanting to play a large role in the Hiawatha economy.

Business Incentives & Support

Based upon the size and scope of a business development project in the city of Hiawatha, the City of Hiawatha, Brown County & the Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development (HFED) may make available incentives, such as:

• Land – At little to no acquisition cost to the developing company
• Job-Creation Cash Incentive – Based upon performance, this incentive may be negotiated as part of a land deal and/or for the purchase & construction of the business facilities
• Building-Permit Fee Waivers
• City Water and Sewer Connection Fee Waivers
• Infrastructure Development Incentives – May include water, sewer, street construction, and utility line extensions for telecommunications, electric, and gas
• Tax Increment Financing (TIF) – for consideration of community improvement districts
• City Property Tax Abatement

State of Kansas Incentive Opportunities

• Finance Programs

-Promoting Employment Across Kansas
-Wind and Solar Bond Financing
-Industrial Revenue Bonds
-Partnership Fund
-Kansas Bioscience Authority

• Income and Property Tax Incentives

-High Performance Incentive Program
-Machinery and Equipment Property Tax Exemption
-Property Tax Abatement

Regional Tax incentives

As part of the Kansas Enterprise Zone designated non-metropolitan business region, this strategic plan provides Sales Tax Exemptions, Job Creation Tax Credits, and Investment Tax Credits for qualified businesses in Brown County, Kansas.