Economic Development Programs
- City of Batavia Electric Utility - The residents and property owners of Batavia benefit from a municipally owned electric utility. Our system benefits the business community with competitive rates and reliable and responsive service. The city’s electric utility has been in business for over 100 years and continually upgrades its system to provide a higher reliabilities and levels of service than are available through investor owned utilities.
- Downtown Improvement Grant Program (PDF) - The Downtown Improvement Grant is a new program that is designed to encourage reinvestment in the downtown and encourage new entertainment, restaurant, retail and residential uses within the downtown area. This is an on-going matching grant program, reimbursing up to 50% of actual improvement costs up to $25,000. The program is funded by the city's Tax Increment Finance Districts. The program is overseen by the Building Division of Community Development.
- Downtown Signage Assistance Program (PDF) - This program, newly established for 2014 provides a grant of up to 50% up to $1,000 for sign design, fabrication and installation costs for new signs in the Downtown Historic District and a Tax Increment Finance District. The program is managed by the Community Development Department.
- Façade Improvement Program - The City of Batavia offers a grant for façade improvement on existing buildings in the Downtown Historic District. Eligible projects, once approved by the Community Development Office, may receive reimbursement up to 50% of the cost.
- Historic District - Batavia has one historic district that encompasses the downtown. A certificate of appropriateness (COA) is required when a property owner of any designated landmark, or any building in a historic district wishes to make charges to the exterior of the building that would require a building permit.
- Micro Loan Program - Micro Loan Program allows Batavia businesses to apply for low interest loans from $10,000 up to $25,000. Interested businesses will need to complete an application that will be reviewed by a newly established Business Loan Review Committee with final review and approval from the City Council. Applications are due by the 15th of each month for consideration by the Business Loan Review Committee at the following month's meeting.
- Revolving Loan Fund - The City of Batavia’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) was established as an incentive for targeted businesses to locate or expand in the city. Requests for loans are evaluated by the city’s Government Services Committee against public policy objectives established for the RLF program, including the level of private investment, job creation, and new tax generation.
- Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District - Downtown Batavia is currently served by 2 active TIF Districts. In January 2011, City Council adopted a TIF Policy and TIF Assistance Application. Funds are available to assist with a variety of redevelopment activities within the district boundaries. Examples of eligible costs are, but not limited to, professional services associated with development, site preparation work, rehabilitation expenses, financing and relocation costs.
- Why Downtown Batavia & How to Get Started - This helpful guide, put together by Batavia MainStreet and the city, helps new businesses navigate how to start your business in Downtown Batavia including applications for various permits and grants and marketing tips.