The WEDC mission is to attract and retain “primary jobs” for the city, to broaden the city property tax base, to stimulate entrepreneurial opportunities, and to network business, government, and academic leaders with the development community to facilitate economic growth.
The WEDC has coordinated property owner extra-territorial jurisdiction transfer requests with the City of Houston that have expanded the City of Waller extra-territorial jurisdiction by 85% from 2007 to 2018.
The City of Waller EDC initiated a change in Texas state law on annexation by general law cities (HB 1949, 2015) to allow greater flexibility in creating contiguity to a developing property whose owner wanted city utilities and petitioned for annexation. This also resulted in annexation of business parks already on city utilities and increased the city property tax base by about 25%.
A 2015 grant for extension of city utilities to Alegacy Business Park facilitated the 89-acre heavy industrial park currently with 250 employees. This project coupled with the annexation law change resulted in the City of Waller EDC and the Waller County EDP jointly winning the 2015 Texas Economic Development Council Community Development Award.
The City of Waller is currently coordinating a public investment of about $9.5 million dollars in downtown revitalization in 2019 and 2020. This includes a new 13,000 square foot City Hall, a remodeled and expanded Civic Center, a 16-blockface sidewalk project along Main Street, and 2 miles of sidewalk connecting downtown and the west side of town to the elementary and junior high schools in Waller.
City of Waller EDC supports the West Houston Association emphasis on quality development as Houston grows to the west and northwest. We are ready to facilitate and incentivize quality projects in Waller.
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