Alvin Economic Development

216 West Sealy Street
Alvin, Texas 77511

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday-7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed: Friday, Saturday, Sunday


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.


Below are links to the guidelines, application and maps of the eligible areas:


Alvin Business Improvement Grant Guidelines

Alvin Business Improvement Grant Application

Alvin Business Improvement Area Maps




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 utilities, public works, community development, fire marshal, building inspections, EMS, drainage district, and economic development are available to meet to cover the many issues contained in the development process. 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 contact Josh Dearing at 281.388.4281 or you may email him at


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.  Link to Skills Development Funds Program.


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 20-R-5 & All Exhibits.


Gordon Street Corridor (Business 35) and the Downtown Development Areas - Alvin has many new developments coming in and is committed to preserving our current development. Specific incentives are offered for two areas within Alvin, the Gordon Street Corridor (Business 35) and the Downtown Development Area. View map of the areas:

Gordon Street Corridor (Business 35)
Downtown Development Area

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 click here for 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. To find out additional information click here . 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.  Link to 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.

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Alvin City Hall
216 West Sealy
Alvin, Texas 77511

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Closed: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

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