Aransas County is committed to the promotion of high-quality development in all parts of the County and to improving the quality of life for its citizens.
The purpose of Aransas County’s Economic Development Policy is to provide incentives for current and prospective property owners and leaseholders to invest in Aransas County, encourage economic growth, and create job opportunities in the County
Economic Development & Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees is a program that allows employees—and those employees’ family members—of a qualified business considering a relocation or expansion of its operations in the State of Texas to pay in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher education in the state without first establishing residency.
Established by the 74th Legislature in 1995, The Skills Development Fund was designed to better utilize the public community and technical college system in Texas as well as other training organizations and have them partner with businesses throughout the state (with priority on small businesses) to train workers to meet the labor needs of employers and the regional labor market.
The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) provides the state’s leaders with a cash grant to be used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment.
Supports rural business development, retention and expansion by providing funds for public infrastructure, real estate development, or the elimination of deteriorated conditions.
The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of the state.
Texas businesses are exempt from paying state and local sales and use tax on leased or purchased machinery, equipment, replacement parts, and accessories that are used or consumed in the manufacturing, fabrication, or repairing of tangible personal property for ultimate sale. Certain restrictions apply and the exemption is not for all equipment. In some instances, labor or services that are typically taxable may be eligible for the exemption.
The Self-Sufficiency Fund is a job-training program that is specifically designed for individuals that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program links the business community with local educational institutions and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. The goal of the Fund is to assist TANF recipients to become independent of government financial assistance.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax benefit administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employers who hire individuals from specified target populations. WOTC reduces a business’s federal tax liability, serving as an incentive to select job candidates who may be disadvantaged in their efforts to find employment.
The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has programs available to HEDC that could help offset costs associated with new projects creating manufacturing jobs and increasing private investment. HEDC has been willing to help companies through these programs.are typically taxable may be eligible for the exemption.
An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where private investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for capital gain tax incentives. Aransas County has several census tracts designated as opportunity zones.
Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) are secure areas under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supervision that are generally considered outside CBP territory upon activation. Located in or near CBP ports of entry, they are the United States’ version of what are known internationally as free-trade zones.
Centerpoint Energy offers incentives to participants (Project Sponsors) who install energy efficient retrofit projects in commercial and industrial facilities. This program also accepts new construction projects, which exceed minimum energy efficiency standards.
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