Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

Economic Development

About the BIDC

The Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) program is an ongoing initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau to make economic data and statistics more widely available at the state and local levels. The Texas Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism (EDT) division participates in this program through agreements with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas State Data Center and Office of the State Demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. EDT's participation in the BIDC program provides a cost effective way to deliver the economic research and data services required under Texas Government Code 481.211-212, as state participation in the U.S. Census Bureau's program requires no direct outlay of state funds.  The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis provide selected government data to BIDC participants at no cost. State law requires EDT to share selected data and statistics with other agencies and organizations in order to facilitate easier access by the general public. Through its participation in the BIDC program, EDT has developed formal relationships with agencies and organizations around the state that can help efforts to provide Texas businesses and communities with economic data services.

All of the organizations affiliated with the BIDC program maintain some level of economic data, in print and/or electronic formats, from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Texas BIDC affiliates provide information and/or value-added data products to their target customers within their particular areas of economic expertise, as indicated below.

Texas BIDC Lead Agency - Demographic & Socioeconomic Data, Maps, Population Estimates & Forecasts, etc.

Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER)
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-0704
210-458-6541 fax

General Economic Data Questions

Office of the Governor
Economic Development & Tourism
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
512-936-0080 Fax

Economic Outlook & Forecast

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
111 East 17th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512-475-1559 Fax>

Labor & Employment

Texas Workforce Commission
Labor Market Information
9001 N. IH-35, Suite 103-A
Austin, Texas 78753
512-491-4904 Fax

Poverty, Welfare, & Health Insurance

Texas Health & Human Services Commission
P.O. Box 13247
Austin, Texas 78711
512-424-6590 Fax

Border Crossings & NAFTA

Texas A&M International University
Texas Center for Border Economic & Enterprise Development
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1999
956-326-2544 Fax


Texas Association of Counties
County Information Project
P.O. Box 2131
Austin, Texas 78768-2131
512-478-1807 Fax

Small Businesses

Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center
2579 South Loop 289
Lubbock, Texas 79413
806-745-6207 Fax

North Texas Small Business Development Center
1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
214-860-5813 Fax

Institute for Economic Development/UTSA
501 West Durango
San Antonio, Texas 78207
210-458-7840 Fax

University of Houston Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, , Ste. 200
Houston, Texas 77002
713-756-1515 Fax