Decatur’s existing business and industry may enjoy some of the same potential incentives that newly recruited companies are provided.  Through DEDC’s active Business Retention and Expansion Program DEDC staff can provide local business and industry with one-on-one assistance to determine which incentive might best suit your needs.

Local Incentives

Cash Grants

Cash Grants used for incentives are specific to job creation numbers and are generally granted for primary jobs(those that infuse new dollars into the local economy by creating or selling a product or service that is ultimately exported to regional, statewide, national or international markets) in Decatur’s desired targeted business and industry.

Infrastructure Reimbursement

Infrastructure reimbursement can occur as it relates to extension of water and sewer lines or movement of existing lines to expedite or increase the likelihood of a project.

Fee Waivers, Reductions or Reimbursements

In order to help allay some of the initial capital costs for a desired project, DEDC may opt to reimburse the business or industry or reimburse the city for necessary development fees.

Expedited Development Process

DEDC will work diligently with the business or industry to make sure all necessary development processes are followed and expedited as necessary to ensure a smooth project.

Build to Suit/Lease Back

DEDC can facilitate with local development companies a build to suit/lease back scenario for a business or industry that is needing a building that is specific to their needs and is unable to find it readily in the marketplace.

Workforce Training

Workforce training grants utilizing local education entities can be customized specific to local business and industry needs.

Triple Freeport Exemption

The City of Decatur, Decatur Independent School District and Wise County offers Freeport property tax exemption.  The exemption allows for a 100% personal property tax exemption for goods, wares, merchandise and other tangible personal property acquired in Texas or brought into Texas and held here 175 days or less before being shipped out of the state.  The property must be in the state for assembling, storing, manufacturing, repair, maintenance, process or fabrication purposes.

Texas Incentives

Economic Development & Tourism – Incentive Programs

Texas takes the initiative to invest in its future by offering competitive incentives to companies who are creating jobs and driving innovation in Texas. The incentives in this section are a summary of the most commonly utilized state offerings. Local incentives and tax abatements are not included here. For local incentives, please contact the local economic development representative.

Select Committee on Economic Development Report

Texas Enterprise Fund »
The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is the largest “deal-closing” fund of its kind in the nation. The fund is used as a final incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with another viable out-of-state option.

Texas Emerging Technology Fund

The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) provides Texas with an unparalleled advantage in the research, development, and commercialization of emerging technologies by offering grants to recruit the best research talent in the world and to help companies take ideas from concept to development to the marketplace.


Texas is committed to facilitating funding for companies and communities with expansion and relocation projects in the state. Asset-based loans for companies, leveraged loans to communities, and tax-exempt bond financing are just a few means of obtaining the capital necessary for a successful project.


From public infrastructure projects in non-entitlement communities to cancer research and laboratory facility construction, several types of grants are available to Texas communities and businesses.
Tax Incentives »
Both the state and local communities offer a variety of tax incentives and innovative solutions for businesses expanding in or relocating to Texas. Programs include Enterprise Zone sales tax refunds, manufacturing sales tax exemptions, property tax value limitation, and “freeport” inventory tax exemptions.

Workforce Development

Workforce training programs are provided through the Texas Workforce Commission.
Spaceport Trust Fund »
The Spaceport Trust Fund is a tool to assist in fostering the growth of the aerospace industry in Texas. This includes job creation, capital investment, and energizing students to pursue an interest in space. The fund is a grant program that assists a spaceport development corporation establish infrastructure needed to operate a launch facility.