- Economic Development
Alvin Business Improvement Grant
The City of Alvin has a Business Incentive Grant Program for new and existing businesses.
- The purpose of this program is to promote the development and expansion of new and existing business enterprises within select areas of Alvin and to enhance the economic welfare of the citizens of the City.
- Our goal is to see improvements that will be visible to the citizens and patrons. This will aid in securing and retaining business enterprises and maintaining a higher level of employment, economic activity, and stability.
- The program is a 50/50 matching grant. The grant allows for businesses to apply for a 50% match on downtown business improvements, reimbursable following completion of approved improvements. The City of Alvin currently has allocated $50,000 for the grant program.
- Eligible businesses are located in the downtown development area and along the Gordon Street corridor between Highway 6 and FM 1462.
Business Resources & Incentives
Every Thursday the City of Alvin makes available one-hour time slots for developers, individuals, or others planning to develop property in Alvin or its ETJ. Department representatives from the following are available to meet to cover the many issues contained in the development process:
- Public works
- Community development
- Fire marshal
- Building inspections
- Drainage district
- Economic development
This will speed up the process and the timeframe that will deliver right to the bottom line of your project. To schedule an appointment, please email Josh Dearing or call 281-388-4281.
Alvin offers a skilled workforce and capabilities to provide customized training programs through Alvin Community College (ACC), and continues to receive workforce training grants. Our relationships with both the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board and the Texas Workforce Commission enable us to deliver directly to your bottom line.
Skills Development Funds
The Skills Development Fund is an innovative program created to assist Texas public community and technical colleges finance customized job training for their local Businesses. The Fund was established by the Legislature in 1995 and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Grants are provided to help companies and labor unions form partnerships with local community colleges and technical schools to provide custom job training. Average training costs are $1,000 per trainee; however, the benefit may vary depending on the proposal.
There are many avenues to assist business and industry in expanding and/or locating in the City of Alvin. View the City of Alvin Economic Development Policy, Resolution 22-R-22 and All Exhibits (PDF).
As required by Local Government Code sections 3804(c) and 3815(c), local government organizations must provide a direct link to all active Chapter 380 Agreements.
Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC)
Administered through the University of Texas at San Antonio, this program was created by the Trade Act of 1974, and offers management and technical assistance to manufacturing firms. If a company has experienced a decline in sales and a decline in employment due to foreign imports, matching funds could be available for projects including, but not limited to, manufacturing, engineering, training, marketing, finance, information management and new product development. Find more information at the SWTAAC website.
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 149
Alvin has a sub zone of this FTZ that was created in 1988 through Port Freeport and it provides manufacturer-shippers with duty-deferral, in-transit storage and assembly of products for import and no duty assessment on products re-exported. For more information on Port Freeport's FTZ 149, visit the Port Freeports Website.
State Franchise Tax Credits
The 76th Texas Legislature created franchise tax credits to help business in the areas of job creation, research, and investment. Find additional information at the website.
- At that site, click on "Texas Taxes."
- On the ensuing screen, select "Franchise Tax" which provides access to the statutes, rules, and other information.
In-State Tuition for Employees
In-state Tuition incentive may be offered to qualified businesses that are in the decision-making process to relocate or expand their operations into Texas. The incentive allows employees and family members of the qualified businesses to pay in-state tuition fees if the individual files with a Texas institution of higher education. Without this incentive designation, a student must reside in Texas for a 12-month period to be entitled to pay the tuition fees of a Texas resident. Find more information about In-State Tuition for Employees.
Texas Enterprise Fund
The Texas Enterprise Fund provides the state's leaders with a "deal closing fund" that has the flexibility and financial resources to help strengthen the state's economy. The fund can be used for a variety of economic development projects, including infrastructure development, community development, job training programs and business incentives. The City of Alvin will assist you with the application process. For more information go to Texas Enterprise Fund Website.