Recognized by the Texas Economic Development Council for Economic Excellence, the Department of Economic Development & Tourism is responsible for economic development and the administration of the Hotel Occupancy Tax funds collected by the City. The department's Business Retention and Expansion Strategic Plan recently received a Project Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. Please review the Economic Development mission and goals as well as the Tourism mission and goals for details related to each function.
Economic Development Mission and Goals
To help create a diversified, vibrant and sustainable economy through attraction and support of businesses meeting the vision and standards desired by City leaders.
Provide desirable services for residents of the City
Develop and implement programs to retain and support existing businesses
Develop and implement programs to attract desired businesses
Develop and implement programs marketing the City
Develop and maintain strategic data resources necessary to attract and support businesses and for utilization by
City departments and the Chamber of Commerce
Encourage, develop and nurture an environment receptive to appropriate business development