Keystone Innovation Zone

The Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) is a part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus package. It is an incentive program that provides tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old operating within specific targeted industries within designated KIZ locations. With a total pool of up to $25 million in tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, the KIZ tax credit program significantly contributes to the ability of young KIZ companies to transition through the stages of growth. The Northwest Commission serves as the agent and coordinator for the KIZ Program for the geographic locations in Clarion, Crawford, Mercer and Warren counties.

Company Eligibility
A for-profit business entity may be eligible to participate in the KIZ Tax Credit Program by meeting the following criteria: 1) located within the geographic boundaries of a particular KIZ, 2) in operation less than 8 years, 3) operating within one of the KIZ targeted industry segments or sectors, 4) and meeting any other requirements as specified by the DCED. Targeted industries within the Northwest KIZ include Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Technology/Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences.

Eligible companies should complete a Northwest PA KIZ Registration Form and submit it to or for consideration.

Program Benefit
The KIZ Tax Credit is limited to $100,000 annually per KIZ company and is calculated at 50% of the increase in gross revenue from one year to the next that is attributable to activities in the KIZ.   This tax credit can be applied against the tax liability of a KIZ company for the tax year in which the KIZ Tax Credit was issued or unused KIZ Tax Credits may be applied against the tax liability of the KIZ company for up to five years from date the KIZ Tax Credit is issued or may be reassigned or sold to another taxpayer. Applications must be submitted on or before September 15th of each year and they are awarded on December 15th of the year the application was submitted. KIZ Tax Credit Guidelines are available here.

For specific questions on this program, contact DCED’s Technology Investment Office.

Geographic Designations / Maps

Clarion County – Maps

Clarion Area
Clarion University Campus-Clarion Downtown Business District
Clarion University-Clarion Borough
Clarion Downtown Business District Detail 5th-7th Ave
Clarion Downtown Business District Detail-Goss Building
Clarion Downtown Business District Detail-Rutkowski/Selker
Clarion Downtown Business District Detail-Walker/Selker2
Paint Township Industrial Park
Clarion Biotechnology Center at Trinity Point
Redbank Renaissance, New Bethlehem

Crawford County – Maps

City of Meadville
Allegheny College Campus
North St/Park Ave & Penn Plaza
North St & Park Ave Detail 1
North St & Park Ave Detail 2
North St & Park Ave Detail 3
Meadville Industrial Complex and Business Incubator
Crawford Business Park
Ernst KIZ
Titusville Area
University of Pittsburgh at Titusville Campus
Titusville Opportunity Park
Towne Square Conference Center

Mercer County – Maps

Mercer County KIZ (Except Greenville, Reynolds, & Hermitage Areas)
Greenville Business District
UPMC Horizon Facility

 McNeilly Business Center
Thiel College Campus
Greenville Enterprise Center
Greenville-Reynolds Development
Linden Pointe

Warren County – Map

Warren County Industrial Complex