The Fort Bend Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership established in 1986 to promote vitality and to ensure quality development in Fort Bend County. Working cooperatively with city and state officials and business and community leaders, the FBEDC works closely and cooperatively with our regional economic development partners to advance an agenda which supports growth and opportunity for businesses on a local, state, national, and international level.
2016-2017 FBEDC Executive Committee
General Membership Meeting Dates- 2017
Board of Directors Meeting Dates- 2017
Areas of Focus
Championing the causes that support and grow the business culture in Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend EDC and its economic development partners are the leading advocates in the county for economic growth, quality development, workforce development, and pro-business policies on a local, state, and federal level. The FBEDC and its partners advocate for public policy that encourages businesses to relocate to and expand within the county, commit capitol investment, and retain and create quality jobs.
The FBEDC provides members access to government, business, and community leaders, encouraging members to connect and problem solve with other business leaders and government officials. Every major city in Fort Bend County, as well as the county itself, is a member of and active within the FBEDC, working together to build a business culture conducive to growth, as are the leading industries and businesses within the county, providing opportunities to proactively engage with community and other business leaders and develop valuable relationships.
The FBEDC holds monthly general membership meetings, introducing speakers who deliver presentations on the most significant issues relevant today to the business community. Whether it is economic forecasting, public policy, or introduction of new businesses and industries to the county, the monthly general meetings expose members to up-to-date information on the most important issues facing the business community.
The FBEDC and its partners offer leadership on and advocate on behalf of responsible infrastructure development and additional planned communities. Comprehensive infrastructure, from municipal utility and levy improvement districts to highway system and rail services that supports a county growing at exponential rates, is the precursor to growth that is both sustainable and impactful.
Supporting projects such as the Interstate 69 expansion, the extension of the Grand Parkway Toll Road, the development of the 36A highway system, and the system of municipal utility and levy districts, the FBEDC is a strong voice of support for the on-going efforts to provide an infrastructure system that ensures mobility, safety, access to markets, and long-term growth.
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The FBEDC is committed to a comprehensive, strategic marketing program, extending even beyond the borders of the United States, to promote the merits, amenities, and pro-business culture of Fort Bend County. From international outreach to cutting edge online exposure, the FBEDC points forward, identifying new opportunities to message and extol the benefits of doing business in Fort Bend County.
Master Planned Communities
Understanding that planned communities are more than a quality of life issue, the FBEDC recognizes the need to work with developers and local leaders to encourage the growth of planned communities throughout the county. Enhanced road systems, improved home values, and exceptional neighborhood-anchored retail, master planned communities support the type of quality development that makes Fort Bend County an attractive option for families and businesses alike.
The Fort Bend County economic development team offers competitive incentive packages for qualifying companies to support new, expanding, and relocating businesses. Targeting the needs and business strategy of individual companies, the Fort Bend EDC and our partners at the city level, in collaboration with state and local officials, will help develop an aggressive incentive package that matches your company’s relocation or expansion needs.
State Incentives (Provided by Texas Wide Open For Business Summary)
- Texas Enterprise Fund
- Skills Development Fund
- Texas Enterprise Zone Program
- Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program
- Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program
- State Sales and Use Tax Exemptions
- Franchise Tax Deduction for Business Relocation
- Chapter 380 / 381
- Texas Leverage Fund
- Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant Program (DEAAG)
- Texas Military Value Revolving Loan Fund
- Texas Product Development & Small Business Incubator Fund (PDSBI)
- Research & Development Tax Credit
- Texas Economic Development Act
- Ad Valorem/Property Tax Exemption
- Renewable Energy Incentives
- Permit Assistance
- Moving Image Industry Incentive Program
- Cancer Prevention and Research General Obligation Bonds
- Economic Development and Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees
Download an overview of Texas business incentives and programs available through the Governor’s Economic Development Office.
Each city in Fort Bend County works cooperatively with the FBEDC to define the most appropriate incentive package. Incentives may include:
- Direct Incentives
- Property Tax Abatement
- Chapter 380 Agreements
- Tax Exempt Revenue Bonds
- Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones
- Sales Tax Rebates
- Freeport Tax Exemption
- 4A & 4B Corporation Assistance
- Industrial Revenue Bonds
2016 Legislative Conference
The 85th session of the Texas Legislature begins on January 10, 2017. As has been the case for the past decade, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert will convene Fort Bend County legislators, public officials from throughout the County and the FBEDC to work on and communicate legislative priorities to our legislative delegation for the coming session. The conference will be held on November 17-18, 2016.
Fort Bend Marketing Program
Including both public and private partners, the Fort Bend Marketing Program is an initiative to market the county on a state, national, and international platform.
2017 Contract & Developer Level Partners
2017 Marketing Partners
Mission Entrust Safari Texas
TARGET, a non-profit organization of which FBEDC is a member, is leading the charge in litigation efforts to protect land from Texas Coastal Prairies Wetlands regulation. 100 percent of the money collected through the FBEDC will be directed to TARGET to support their litigation efforts against the EPA.
2016 Fort Bend County Aerial Map
The FBEDC has committed to produce the Fort Bend County map in 2016. Last produced in 2010, the Fort Bend County map is a common feature in commercial and residential real estate offices throughout Fort Bend County and the Greater Houston area. As part of this year’s production, the FBEDC has committed to the placement of framed high quality maps in all the top commercial brokerage houses in the Greater Houston area free of charge. Your company brand will be affixed to the map as a supporting sponsor, putting your company directly in front of the largest and most active commercial and residential brokers in Greater Houston.
FBEDC Leadership Team
Robert C. Brown, III, Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey C. Wiley, President/CEO
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W. Jackson (Jack) Belt, Executive Vice President
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Carolyn Martin, Office Manager
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Rachel Steele, Director Public Policy
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Rachelle Kanak, Manager Membership Services & Communications
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Directions To FBEDC
1 Fluor Daniel Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77478
FBEDC Offices Are On The First Floor of the Fluor Building
From 59/I69- Traveling South
Exit Highway 6; Right on Highway 6; Right on Fluor Daniel Drive
From Grand Parkway- Traveling South
Exit Highway 90A; Left on Highway 90A; Right on Highway 6; Left on Fluor Daniel Drive
From Hobby Airport
Hobby Airport Loop; Straight to Broadway Street; Left on Airport Blvd; Right on Sam Houston Parkway; Merge on to Sam Houston Tollway; Merge on to 59/I69 South Toward Victoria; Exit Highway 6; Right On Highway 6; Right on Fluor Daniel Drive
From Bush Intercontinental Airport
North on JFK Blvd; Merge onto North Terminal Road; Left onto JFK Blvd; Beltway 8 Exit; Slight Right Toward Texas Beltway 8 frontage; Right on to Beltway 8 West; Continue onto Sam Houston Tollway West; Merge Onto 59/I69 South Toward Victoria; Exit Highway 6; Right on Highway 6; Right on Fluor Daniel Drive
Membership in the Fort Bend Economic Development Council (FBEDC) ensures you and your organization are working with other business, civic, and community leaders throughout the county, supporting initiatives and projects which encourage a climate conducive to new growth and business retention and expansion.
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