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Information for Developers

Downtown Decatur is centrally located in North Alabama, the fastest growing region in the state, making it a prime investment spot for developers.

Decatur is in a perfect location, located just 25 minutes from the City of Huntsville. central to cities east and west in North Alabama and within an easy drive of Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta. Investors and developers looking to invest in a smaller city (population just over 54,400) need to check out the many opportunities.

Top 5
reasons why Downtown Decatur is a top investment opportunity

Historic properties & land available for develop central to downtown
Consistent momentum in economic development & downtown culture
High demand for residential development
Support and incentive opportunities for developers
Proven success in development – Successfully executing the One Decatur Plan

Resources for Developers


City of Decatur Historic Preservation Specialist

Caroline Swope, M.S.H.P., Ph.D., serves as our city’s historic preservation specialist. She has more than thirty years of experience with historic rehabilitations, design review, and historic tax credits. Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits can provide up to 45% tax credits for approved rehabilitation expenses and many historic properties are eligible for Ad Valorem tax reductions as well. Decatur is the only municipality in the State of Alabama with this unique position. Dr. Swope offers complimentary assistance to property owners, helping them acquire financial incentives for rehabilitations.

North Alabama Revolving Loan Fund – NARCOG

The NARCOG Revolving Loan Fund is locally controlled to finance start-up and expanding businesses whose establishment results in job creation, private sector investments, and reduction of unemployment in North Alabama.
State of Alabama Program

The Alabama State Historic Tax Credit Program

This program offers a tax credit against state tax liability to promote the preservation, rehabilitation, and development of historic structures. The credit must be applied for before construction starts.
State of Alabama Program

Alabama State Entertainment Industry Incentives

Awarded by the Alabama Film Office, this incentive may include an income tax rebate and an exemption from the state portion of sales, use, and lodging taxes to entities producing entertainment content such as motion pictures, soundtracks, and documentaries.
State of Alabama Program

Alabama Saves

Offered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), this program finances energy-efficient projects for existing industries operating through one or more commercial/industrial facilities.
Federal Program

New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”)

This program allows allocatees to make investments in approved service areas in all 50 states. Organizations are able to search for Community Development Entities with available NMTC allocation authority remaining.
Federal Program

Historic Tax Credits (“HTC”)

Historic Tax Credits assist with the renovation of certified historic structures and buildings that are approved by the Alabama Historical Commission and constructed prior to 1936.

Why I chose to invest in Downtown Decatur

  • “The growth and accomplishments seen in Downtown Decatur from 2006 to today is simply amazing. We credit DDRA for spearheading, supporting, encouraging, and driving so much of the change Decatur was in desperate need of.”

    -- Tom Counts, 3-GIS CEO

  • “The potential for a true revitalization of the historic downtown area was huge and energized us to want to be a part of it – part of something bigger than ourselves and allow us to support and encourage civic responsibility internally as well as externally with others in the community.”

    -- Ronnie Hoff, Magnolia River CEO