Economic Development

 

 

This division of the Mayor's Office, under the responsibility of the Mayor's Chief Development Officer, develops, implements and manages citywide policies and procedures for economic development programs such as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) and tax abatements in addition to other tax incentive programs. Other tax incentive programs might be funded through accelerated capital improvements plan action or special district financing such as special assessment financing, or in-city municipal utility districts. The City could also consider beneficial land exchanges, right of way abandonment, or below-market financing or leases on public property that could provide mutual benefit to the City and the proposed development. Any offer of such an incentive would be reviewed case-by-case to determine eligibility and compliance with all applicable laws.

 

 

Economic Development Division

 

The Economic Development Division is dedicated to promoting City initiatives and economic tools to business owners interested in relocating or expanding their companies in the City of Houston. This division coordinates a myriad of economic development incentives with businesses worldwide. We seek to help qualified companies grow their business through expansion in our City. Our strategy involves building on the City's strengths to promote existing businesses and retain jobs; to facilitate business expansion; and recruit new businesses and related employment to the City. Because business recruitment is very competitive, we partner with the State of Texas Office of Economic Development, Harris County, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and a multitude of other economic development organizations to ensure your company utilizes the appropriate incentives to help grow your business in Houston. Please call us -- we look forward to helping you!

 

 

380 AgreementsEnterprise ZonesHistoric Site Tax Exemption

Industrial DistrictsTax Abatements

 

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ)

 

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs) are special zones created by City Council to attract new investment to an area. TIRZs help finance the cost of redevelopment and encourage development in an area that would otherwise not attract sufficient market development in a timely manner. Taxes attributable to new improvements (tax increments) are set-aside in a fund to finance public improvements within the boundaries of the zone.

 

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Links to TIRZ Meeting Agendas

 

1. St. George Place2. Midtown3. Main Square / Market Square4. Village Enclaves5. Memorial Heights • 6. Eastside • 7. OST / Almeda8. Gulfgate9. South Post Oak10. Lake Houston11. Greater Greenspoint • 12. City Park • 13. Old Sixth Ward14. Fourth Ward15. East Downtown16. Uptown17. Memorial City18. Fifth Ward19. Upper Kirby20. Southwest Houston21. Hardy / Near Northside22. Leland Woods23. Harrisburg • 24. Greater Houston • 25. Hiram Clarke / Ft. Bend Houston

 

 

Links to TIRZ Documents and Budgets

 

1. St. George Place2. Midtown3. Main Square / Market Square4. Village Enclaves5. Memorial Heights6. Eastside7. OST / Almeda8. Gulfgate9. South Post Oak10. Lake Houston11. Greater Greenspoint12. City Park13. Old Sixth Ward14. Fourth Ward15. East Downtown16. Uptown17. Memorial City18. Fifth Ward19. Upper Kirby20. Southwest Houston21. Hardy / Near Northside22. Leland Woods23. Harrisburg24. Greater Houston25. Hiram Clarke / Ft. Bend Houston

Contact Economic Development

 

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tillotson

gwendolyn.tillotson@houstontx.gov

Deputy Director

832.393.0937

 

Jennifer Curley

jennifer.curley@houstontx.gov

Senior Staff Analyst

832.393.0981

 

Ralph De Leon

ralph.deleon@houstontx.gov

Division Manager - TIRZ

832.393.0985