What is the Seguin Economic Development Corporation and what do we do?
The State of Texas passed an economic development sales tax law in 1989 allowing this revenue, with City Council approval, to be used by economic development organizations as an incentive to support projects that drive economic growth. Since 1994, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has worked to promote Seguin as a premiere destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate. Voter created, the SEDC collects a 1/4th cent of Seguin’s sales tax to market the City of Seguin and provide competitive incentives to industries such as manufacturing, biotechnical, distribution, energy and technology.
The SEDC is a Type A Economic Development Corporation intended to facilitate the growth of business within the City of Seguin to create new job opportunities for our residents. The SEDC works to maintain the existing industry base while pursuing prospective businesses that are looking to expand or relocate their operations.
The SEDC facilitates growth through a variety of practices including financial assistance (incentives), site selection services and workforce initiatives. Factors tied to incentive offers include the number of jobs created, annual payroll, and the amount of capital investment. Qualifying projects may receive infrastructure grants, property tax incentives, vocational training and recruiting and screening of employees. The SEDC works in cooperation with private industry and partnerships maintained with local, state and federal government programs. Read more here.
Does the SEDC offer financial assistance/incentives for business development and/or expansion?
Yes, for a qualifying business and/or industry a series of creative financial incentives can be offered to promote job growth and development. For more information regarding financial incentives and programs available in Seguin, visit our Local Incentives and State Incentives pages.
What programs are available for small business?
The SEDC provides financial support to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA), to provide business owners with free, confidential business advising right here in Seguin. Through the SBDC, we also are able to provide your business access to workshops designed for small business owners, valuable research resources and a professional referral network.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, by appointment, there is a small business advisor present in the Seguin Economic Development Corporation's office to help with all your small business needs. For more information, visit our Small Business Development Page.
Does the SEDC have information on sites and/or buildings available for sale or lease?
Yes, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation maintains a list of available sites and buildings. Visit our Site Selection page to learn more.
Does the City have a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and what are the benefits of being located in a Foreign Trade Zone?
Yes, Seguin, Texas is partially located in FTZ 80. Foreign Trade Zones are designated, secure sites physically located inside the borders of the United States but considered outside of the U.S. Customs Territory. A company can apply to designate part or all of their own facility as an FTZ. Companies that export or import products can save money on tariffs and compete more effectively in the global market place. Foreign and domestic merchandise may enter the zone without a formal customs entry or the payment of customs duties and be exempt from federal and state use/excise and personal property taxes.
The San Antonio region is designated as FTZ 80. The city’s strategic geographic location and quality infrastructure offer companies a competitive advantage. The accessibility to interstate highways and rail connectivity provide businesses with the ability to efficiently connect to supply chains and customers faster. Interstates 10, 35, 37 connect San Antonio to the east and west coasts, Canada and Mexico.
Where should I locate my business?
A variety of resources can help you find a business location in the City of Seguin: City staff, Seguin Economic Development Corporation, commercial brokers and website listings. For more information, please visit the City of Seguin’s website. When considering a business location, you should also consider zoning requirements and regulations. Visit the City of Seguin's Planning/Codes Department page to obtain zoning clearance for your business location.
How can I find out which licenses and permits I need for my business?
Visit the City of Seguin Permits and Inspections page to determine which local, regional, state and federal licenses and permits you will need for your business operation. For assistance, contact the Permit Department for more information.
City of Seguin Permit Department
Hours: Monday - Friday (9 a.m. – 4:30p.m.)
Address: 205 N River St., Seguin, Texas 78155
Phone: (830) 401-2305, Fax: (830) 401-2430.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
The SEDC staff can assist you with additional questions you may have. Our team of professionals is just a phone call or email away, please visit our Contact Us page.