Department of Economic Development grants Enhanced Enterprise Zone designation to Independence

23 Aug, 2009

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced approval of Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) designation for the western portion of the city of Independence. This designation will allow city officials to continue to move forward with economic development efforts.

“For Missouri’s economy to get back on track, we are committing ourselves to creating good-paying jobs and encouraging economic development,” DED Director Linda Martínez said. “The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Program is a successful tool DED can bring to the table to assist Independence’s economic development efforts.”

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone program was implemented in 2004. Enhanced enterprise zones are specified geographic areas designated by local governments and certified by the Department of Economic Development. Zone designation is based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local cluster development.