Karin Richmond

Principal, Intelligent. Incentives., Inc.

Karin Richmond is principal of Intelligent.Incentives, an Austin, Texas based consultancy specializing in incentive policy development and large scale incentive negotiations for both the private and the public sectors. She was formerly the National Director of Incentives for a national state and local tax firm. She has published several articles on the subject of tax incentive policy, with particular focus on job retention issues and challenges. Her work as a community leader has become the cornerstone of a successful consultant practice within her field for the last thirty years.

She served as the Chairman of the Texas Enterprise Zone Board at the pleasure of the Governor. She has been asked to appear before both Texas House and Senate Committees on tax incentives and Texas enterprise zones in the Texas Legislature, up to and including the 2019 86th Session. In 2008, her work was recognized by her professional peers as she was designated a Fellow Member of the Council (FM) of IEDC. She has been a repeat presenter on tax incentives for the International Economic Development Council where she served for eight years on the Board of Directors.


Public Presentations

Ms. Richmond inspires leadership and policy in her field for regional and national audiences. She has provided testimony for the following key legislative committees and has appeared as a speaker for many organizations:

  • U.S. House Committee, Ways and Means
  • International Economic Development Council
  • Institute of Professionals in Taxation
  • National Community Development Association
  • Texas House Committees, Economic Development; Ways and Means
  • Texas Senate Committees, Finance; Economic Development
  • Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
  • Economic Developer Acknowledged with Special Designation
  • "The State of Texas Incentives", presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in collaboration with TexasOne, March 2010
  • University of Texas, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, Judge
  • Trends in Tax Incentives", 2012 IEDC Annual Conference


Blood on the Threshold, a crime story drawn from real events which precipitated the creation of the Texas Enterprise Zone Act in 1983. 2012, Live Oak Book Company
Texas Economic Development Council, 2016 Winter Conference. "New Provisions and Directions of the Texas Enterprise Zone Act, 84th Texas Legislative Session"
Texas Economic Development Council, 2010 Summer Conference. "Clawbacks and Compliance: A Texas Primer"
IEDC Web Seminar, August 2010, "Tax Incentives for Economic Recovery: Understanding Job Retention Incentives"
Economic Development Now, April 6, 2009 / Volume 9 / Issue 7, "Ten Smart Practices for Implementing Job Retention Incentives"
Economic Development America, Fall 2006, "Clawbacks in Economic Development: Policies and Practices", U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Washington D.C.
IEDC 2006 Annual Conference, September 2006, "Clawbacks and other Incentive Trends", Panel Chair, New York, New York.
Illinois Real Estate Journal, May 2006, "Tax breaks riding on high court ruling".
Business Xpansion Journal, March 2005, "Retention Incentives: Cashing In On A Growing Trend".
Texas Research League, 1993, "Tax Abatement Policies in Texas"