The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation initiatives, endeavors, programs, and incentives revolve around the human capital that’s within our community.

These investments include small business development, retail development, entrepreneurship, and job creation projects that define the economic development role we plan to serve in order to make our community more competitive.

Signature Programs, Resources & Incentives

The Downtown Brownsville Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Programs are grants offered to provide financial support to commercial property owners and tenants to make quality exterior and interior improvements to their commercial buildings and property in downtown Brownsville. Grant programs include the exterior facade grant program, capital improvement grant program, rental reimbursement assistance, and financial assistance for the removal or replacement of signage. 

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Our Economic Impact Grants provide financial support for projects eligible for consideration under Texas Type B sales tax statutes that enhance the quality of life in Brownsville, Texas and foster economic development opportunities. This grant provides opportunity for financial support towards projects that create an attractive environment for Brownsville, Texas to be a destination city to live, work, play and invest that will enhance the economic well-being of the community.

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The largest Entrepreneurial Incubator south of San Antonio, the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization will mobilize the next generation of Entrepreneurs by equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs, access capital, and scale commercially. This project has been recently awarded $900,000 from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) for infrastructure renovations to the second floor of the Casa del Nylon Building, where a focus on commercialization and scalability for businesses in the areas of aerospace, automation, technology and manufacturing will take place.

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There is no clear path to entrepreneurship, but at BCIC we’re changing that. Candidates and Graduates of the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization will have a chance to compete for up to $100,000 in seed funding through our StartUp Texas Program. The goal of our StartUp Texas program is to foster scalable business in our region and provide entrepreneurs in our community the chance to access capital and commercialize their products or services. Brownsville was founded by entrepreneurs, and we wish to continue and foster the same spirit in our community.

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Assistance With Federal & State Incentives

FEDERAL & STATE INCENTIVES
  • Ad Valorem or Property Tax Exemption
  • Emerging Technology Program
  • Economic Development & Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees
  • Historical Tax Credits
  • New Market Tax Credits
  • Opportunity Zone Permit Assistance
  • State Sales and Use Tax Exemptions
  • Tax Credit Technical Assistance
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone
TEXAS SELECT INCENTIVES
  • Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program
  • Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program
  • Texas Economic Development Act
  • Texas Enterprise Fund
  • Texas Enterprise Zone Program
  • Texas Industry Development Program
  • Texas Leverage Fund
  • Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program
  • Texas PACE – Property Assessed Clean Energy Authority Program

Collaborating & Developing Relationships to Promote Economic Development Projects

From our ongoing Discover Brownsville Campaign to sponsoring signature events, we provide a wide array of resources, incentives, and programming suited to the needs of our community, entrepreneurs, and businesses of all sizes. If you are in need of resources or assistance that we do not have featured, please do not hesitate to contact us – we love finding innovative ways to help our community in anyway we can.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, our eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization replaces traditional silos with an interconnected network of resources built for entrepreneurs and the new economy. By providing a resource hub like the eBridge Center to Brownsville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the BCIC is striving to make the support entrepreneurs need easily accessible. If you’re interested in getting connected to our ongoing project please sign up here.

BIG GRANT MAP BOUNDARIES

See the geographical area of Historic Downtown Brownsville where our BIG Grants Apply

BIG GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Ensure you meet the requirements of our BIG Grant Program before you apply.

BIG GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Restore existing downtown property to a condition that facilitates economic activity.

BIG GRANT INFORMATION SESSION

Click to see video of our first informational session on our BIG Grant program.

RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Ensure you meet the requirements of our BIG Grant Program before you apply.

RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Up to $7,800 in rental reimbursement assistance for up to 12 months.