Samoa Peninsula Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD)

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In 2022 the County of Humboldt established an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) on the Samoa Peninsula which encompasses approximately 2,243 acres located Southwest of the 255 Bridge outside of Eureka, CA. The Samoa Peninsula EIFD (the “EIFD”) was created to facilitate infrastructure projects that create jobs, enhance the quality of life for visitors and residents, support existing and emerging industries, and help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The EIFD facilitates the improvement of public infrastructure by leveraging property tax increment generated within the EIFD area. The EIFD does not impose a new tax nor does it increase residents' property taxes. Instead, the EIFD utilizes the increased property values resulting from capital improvements within the district to generate additional property tax revenues. The EIFD captures 75% of the increased property tax revenues due to the County of Humboldt (the "County") over the base year (2022), which can then be leveraged for additional improvements.

The EIFD is governed by its Public Financing Authority (Authority Board), consisting of three Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and two members of the public. The Authority Board is staff by the County's Economic Development Division and works to carry out the EIFD’s Infrastructure Financing Plan (IFP).

EIFD Boundary Map

Boundary Map of the Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District. Includes all parcels South of the 255 bridge. Map marks three sub areas; Samoa Township (289 acres), Marine Park (195 acres), Farihaven Business Park (341 acres), Fairhaven (34 acres). Map marks development areas and non development areas, as well as harbor district land and three port terminals.

EIFD Community Benefit Assessment

Implementation of the EIFD promotes economic prosperity, achievement of energy goals, promotion of environmental sustainability, creation of jobs, and enhancement of quality of place and life in Humboldt County.

The EIFD additionally supports the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors' Strategic Framework of providing for and maintaining infrastructure, and by supporting business, workforce development, and creation of private-sector jobs.

According to the Fiscal Impact Analysis (IFP, Appendix D) conducted in 2021, specific communitywide and regional benefits anticipated to be generated by the EIFD include:

  • $52.8 million in net fiscal impact to the County over 50 years (on a present-value basis)
  • 198 housing units within the EIFD
  • 7,088 direct, indirect, and induced temporary, construction job-years over the construction period
  • 805 direct, permanent jobs in the County
  • 987 additional indirect and induced permanent jobs in the County (a total of 1792 direct, indirect, and induced jobs)
  • $989.1 million in economic output from construction in the County
  • $261.1 million in annual ongoing economic output in the County.

Samoa Peninsula EIFD Documentation

  1. Samoa Peninsula EIFD

    Physical Address

    Eureka, CA 95501

  2. Scott

    Scott Adair

    Director of Economic Development

  3. Ryan

    Ryan Heitz

    Economic Development Coordinator

  4. Tanner

    Tanner Etherton

    Economic Development Specialist