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SOUTH BEND — The city’s common council unanimously approved property tax breaks for six business development projects Monday night, including two that especially signal a strong local economy, a city administration staffer told the council.

The real and personal property tax abatements, combined, will give the businesses more than $7.6 million in tax discounts in exchange for creating 62 new jobs, or $123,161 of tax reduction per new job.

One of the abatements, to South Bend-based health care patient survey firm Press Ganey, will help retain 500 jobs. Press Ganey for several years has been looking to consolidate its administrative staff, now spread out across four buildings in the River Glen office complex east of the downtown, and had been considering facilities in other cities where it has offices. It will move those operations to a new $16 million, 83,000-square-foot building that Great Lakes Capital will build in Ignition Park and lease to the company.

The city has pledged $900,000 in TIF money toward the project, under terms of a 2015 agreement with Great Lakes Capital to build out Ignition Park.

Two of the projects will involve developers building space on “spec,” meaning on the speculation that they’ll draw tenants, either local companies looking to expand or companies establishing new local operations.

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