Economic Development & Tourism - Incentive Programs
Texas takes the initiative to invest in its future by offering competitive incentives to companies who are creating jobs and driving innovation in Texas. The incentives in this section are a summary of the most commonly utilized state offerings. Local incentives and tax abatements are not included here. For local incentives, please contact the local economic development representative.
The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is the largest “deal-closing” fund of its kind in the nation. The fund is used as a final incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with another viable out-of-state option.
Texas is committed to facilitating funding for companies and communities with expansion and relocation projects in the state. Asset-based loans for companies, leveraged loans to communities, and tax-exempt bond financing are just a few means of obtaining the capital necessary for a successful project.
From public infrastructure projects in non-entitlement communities to cancer research and laboratory facility construction, several types of grants are available to Texas communities and businesses.
Both the state and local communities offer a variety of tax incentives and innovative solutions for businesses expanding in or relocating to Texas. Programs include Enterprise Zone sales tax refunds, manufacturing sales tax exemptions, property tax value limitation, and “freeport” inventory tax exemptions.
Workforce training programs are provided through the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Spaceport Trust Fund is a tool to assist in fostering the growth of the aerospace industry in Texas. This includes job creation, capital investment, and energizing students to pursue an interest in space. The fund is a grant program that assists a spaceport development corporation establish infrastructure needed to operate a launch facility.