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Incentives & Financing

In Sugar Land, helping your business thrive is our top priority. Our dedicated Economic Development team will work closely with you to help you find the right financial incentives and programs, on both state and local levels, to ensure your business’s success. See all that Texas and Sugar Land have to offer.

Local
Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreements

Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code allows Sugar Land to offer a range of incentives for economic development, including the ability to rebate some of the city's portion of the 1.0% sales and use tax collected from business entities located in the jurisdiction.

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Local
Direct Incentives

The SLDC has a direct incentive program, which may be used to provide cash grants to qualifying projects and companies.

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Local
Tax Abatement

Qualifying businesses considering locate in Sugar Land have the opportunity to apply for a property tax abatement on new value created as a result of the project.  Tax abatements are available from the City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County and other jurisdictions, as applicable.

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Local
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones

The City has historically utilized Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) as a powerful vehicle to develop and redevelop qualified projects based on City goals and objectives.

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State
Economic Development and Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees

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.

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State
Product Development and Small Business Incubator Fund

The Product Development and Small Business Incubator Fund (PDSBI) is a revolving loan program financed through original bond issuances. The primary objective of the program is to aid in the development, production and commercialization of new or improved products and to foster and stimulate small business in the State of Texas.

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State
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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State
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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State
Texas Capital Fund

Supports rural business development, retention and expansion by providing funds for public infrastructure, real estate development, or the elimination of deteriorated conditions.

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State
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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State
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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Other
Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer Program

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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