Economic Development & Tourism
The Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) of the Governor's Office markets Texas as one of the world's premier business locations and travel destinations.
The Business Development team markets Texas as the world's premier business destination and pursues business expansion and relocation prospects, with the goal of developing job creation and export opportunities for Texas.
Department of Strategic Business Development (SBD)
The Strategic Business Development Department serves as the conduit to the business recruitment and project management process. The SBD team identifies and develops both domestic and international investment leads by working with prospective companies who are considering locating or expanding in Texas. The department also serves as a vital contributor to the overall mission of the Business Development Office by leading its comprehensive strategic marketing efforts and initiatives, in partnership with the Texas Economic Development Corporation. For information on available sites or buildings, community profiles or other demographics across the State of Texas, visit TexasSiteSearch.com.
Department of Business Assistance (DBA)
The Department of Business Assistance serves Texas, US, and foreign businesses. The team includes General and Industry-specific Business Assistance Specialists, the Office of Small Business Assistance, International Business and Trade, State of Texas Mexico Office and the Business Permits Office. Responsibilities include strengthening the competitiveness of Texas' industries by promoting international trade, small business advocacy, entrepreneurial support, as well as business retention, and expansion. The office in Mexico City helps Mexican companies seeking to enter the Texas market and Texas companies looking to do business with and in Mexico. The Business Permits Office assists businesses of all sizes in navigating Texas’ permitting, licensing and regulatory environment.
The Office of Small Business Assistance serves as the principal advocate for Texas small business owners and provides information and assistance relating to establishing, operating, or expanding small, midsize, women-owned, minority-owned, disability-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Further detail can be found at https://businessintexas.com/start-business.
The Department of Economic Development Finance (EDF) provides globally competitive, cost-effective financial incentives to expanding businesses operating in the state and businesses relocating to this state. The EDF is also charged with ensuring that communities and businesses in Texas have access to capital for economic development purposes.
The department administers financial incentives, such as Texas Enterprise Fund, Events Trust Fund, Governor’s University Research Initiative, Texas Capital Fund, Texas Product Development & Small Business Incubator Fund (PDSBI), and Texas Enterprise Zone Program. Further detail regarding these and other incentives can be found in the Texas Business Incentives & Programs Overview.
The Research and Economic Analysis Department is a vital contributor for the departments within the Economic Development and Tourism Office (EDT), which encompasses all research, geographic information system initiatives (GIS), and Office reporting requirements. The research team is responsible for examining, investigating and forecasting market trends, while also providing economic and demographic data analyses, information on industries and communities for existing and prospective projects in support of Texas business development and marketing efforts.
The Texas Tourism division works in partnership with local convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and private travel-related organizations to promote economic opportunity and prosperity for Texas through both domestic and international tourism. The Tourism Division is comprised of three sections.
The Public Relations section works proactively with the travel trade industry (tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, airlines, etc.) and travel media (newspapers, magazines, broadcast, electronic) throughout the United States and top international markets.
The Advertising section manages the state's tourism advertising campaign, driven in domestic markets by the theme: "Texas. It's Like A Whole Other Country." Additional advertising strategies are implemented in international markets.
Travel Research provides and analyzes information about domestic and international travel behavior and trends which directs and drives the programs and services provided by Texas Tourism.
Texas Military Preparedness Commission works to preserve, promote, and advance the military mission within Texas while protecting vital military installations within its borders and to encourage defense-related businesses to expand in or relocate in Texas.
The Texas Film Commission (TFC) serves as a resource for the film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game industries of Texas. Established in 1971, the Texas Film Commission supports Texas’ global position as a premier production destination across all media industries. TFC is tasked with connecting the industries with diverse locations, experienced workforce, support services, industry organizations and also houses the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program.
The Texas Music Office (TMO) serves as the information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry. Responsibilities include promoting and developing the Texas music industry by informing members of the industry, as well as the public, about the resources available in the state for music production.
The Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) is statutorily responsible for promoting the development of a well-educated, highly skilled workforce for Texas and advocating for an integrated workforce system that provides quality, relevant services that address the needs of Texas businesses and its workers. Established under Texas Government Code, Chapter 2308, the Council assists the Governor and the Legislature with strategic planning for and evaluation of the Texas workforce system. TWIC also serves as the State Workforce Investment Board under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
The Governor's Commission for Women promotes and advances the status of women through its research and advocacy activities, education initiatives, referral services, recognition of outstanding Texas women, and professional development training for state employees. Appointed by Governor Abbott, the Commission focuses on increasing opportunities for Women-owned businesses, STEM education, volunteerism, women and children’s health, and women veterans and service members.