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Incentives

Tomball offers very competitive incentive programs for companies interested in locating in the city. The City of Tomball has an attractive tax abatement program and the TEDC provides performance-based cash incentives for job creation, targeted infrastructure, and other improvements.

The State of Texas utilizes the Texas Enterprise Zone Program and the Texas Enterprise Fund to invest in new and existing businesses. Federal incentive programs, like work opportunity tax credits for companies improving workplace diversity, are also available.

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City of Tomball Tax Abatement Program​

The City of Tomball and the Tomball Economic Development Corporation is committed to the promotion of high-quality development within the City and to the improvement in the quality of life of its citizens. In order to meet these goals, the City will, on a case-by-case basis, consider providing tax abatement, or full or partial exemption from ad valorem taxes, within designated reinvestment zones as stimulation for economic development in the City.

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Business Improvement Grants

The Business Improvement Grant (BIG) is a matching grant program designed to help commercial property owners and businesses make high quality improvements to buildings and property in Tomball. The BIG program encourages investments that directly relate to improving aesthetics of the community and increasing property values.

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Harris County Commercial Green Building Tax Abatement​

If LEED conditions are met, approval for partial tax abatement of the incremental investment associated with obtaining certification.

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Harris County Historic Site Tax Exemption​

Provides for exemption from taxation of part or all the assessed value of a structure designated as a historically or archeologically significant site in need of tax relief to encourage its preservation.

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Harris County Tax Abatement Program​

Harris County’s Tax Abatement Program promotes new growth, new wealth, new jobs, new opportunities, and environmental sustainability. Harris County Tax Abatement guidelines and application can be found below.

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Infrastructure Grants​

The TEDC assists with funding infrastructure costs for eligible projects. Approved infrastructure expenditures include streets and roads; rail spurs; water, sewer, gas, and electric utilities; drainage; site improvements; and telecommunications and internet improvements.

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New Business Rental Incentive Program​

The New Business Rental Incentive Program seeks to reduce area vacancies and facilitate the establishment of new businesses in previously underutilized areas of the City. The intent of the program is to facilitate business growth and expansion by assisting businesses in leasing space through a performance-based rental subsidy.

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Old Town Façade Improvement Grants​

The Old Town Façade Improvement Grant (FIG) Program promotes economic development and stimulates business in the City through public-private partnerships by offering economic incentives for renovation, rehabilitation, restoration, and enhancement of facades in Old Town Tomball.

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Tax Increment Financing

Tax increment financing is a tool that local governments can use to publicly finance needed structural improvements and enhanced infrastructure within a defined area.

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Tomball Economic Development Corporation Job Creation/Retention Performance-Based Grant Program​

The Tomball Economic Development Corporation, a 4B Corporation, provides financial assistance to qualifying expanding, new, or relocating companies in the form of cash grants for projects that create or retain primary jobs.

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Skills Development Fund

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.

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Texas Enterprise Zone Program

The Texas Enterprise Zone Program (EZP) is a state sales and use tax refund program designed to encourage private investment and job creation in economically distressed areas of the state.

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Texas Enterprise Fund

The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) awards “deal-closing” grants to companies considering a new project for which one Texas site is competing with other out-of-state sites. The fund serves as a financial incentive for those companies whose projects would contribute significant capital investment and new employment opportunities to the state’s economy.

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SBA 504 Loan Program

The Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan is a fixed asset financing program which offers small businesses fixed interest loans at a below market rate. The SBA 504 stimulates local investment and creates new or saves existing jobs.

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US Foreign-Trade 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.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

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.

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Kelly Violette, CEcD, PCED, AICP
Executive Director