We offer the right location, plenty of available land, a pro-business administration and a well-run municipal government. Our long-range water supply is the envy of surrounding communities. And our population is just the right size, offering highly desirable demographic rankings, including both an educated workforce and affluent consumers who want to work, live and shop close to home.
Businesses involved in the export of tangible property such as goods, wares, and merchandise may be eligible for the Freeport exemption. This incentive exempts some or a company’s entire inventory from property taxes. To be eligible, property must be assembled, stored, manufactured or fabricated locally and then exported out of Texas within 175 days after the property was acquired or imported into Texas. This exemption has been approved by Travis County, the City of Pflugerville, and the Pflugerville Independent School District.
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Legislation signed June 13, 2005 created the Emerging Technology Fund. The Fund provides grants intended to improve research at Texas universities, help start-up technology firms get off the ground, and move inventions out of the lab and into the hands of consumers faster.
The Emerging Technology Fund will include three major areas of investment:
- Increasing research and commercialization collaboration between public and private sector entities to develop new Regional Centers of Innovation and Commercialization where the seeds of an idea can take root and eventually grow into a new product marketed by a new firm. The Central Texas region’s primary point of access to the Emerging Technology Fund is the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization.
- Matching research grants provided by both federal and private sponsors to help innovators acquire the capital they need to bring their idea to life.
- Attracting more top-notch research teams from other universities around the nation that will help put Texas universities on the cutting edge of technology research and development. Emerging technology projects are eligible for funding if they will result in the creation of high quality new jobs in Texas or have the potential to result in a medical or scientific breakthrough. Emerging technology is defined as (but may not be limited to): semiconductors, information, computer software technology, energy, manufactured energy systems, micro-electro mechanical systems, nanotechnology, biotechnology, aerospace and defense, medicine, life sciences, petroleum refining and chemical processes.
Infrastructure Development Program – This program promotes economic development by providing financial incentives to assist businesses wishing to locate or expand. Funds may be used for construction or improvements of public infrastructure on utilities (water, sewer, roads, etc.). Minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $750,000, respectively, and are based on the number of eligible jobs created, and may not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost.
Real Estate Development Program – This program promotes economic development by providing financial incentives to assist businesses wishing to locate or expand. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate real estate to support an entity willing to commit to creating or retaining permanent. Minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $750,000, respectively, and are based on the number of eligible jobs created, and may not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost.
Chapter 380 of the Local Government Code provides legislative authority for Texas municipalities to provide a grant or a loan of city funds or services in order to promote economic development. Cities have utilized the provisions under this law to provide a wide array of incentives that have drawn businesses and industries to locales throughout Texas. This statute basically provides for loans and grants of city funds, as well as the use of city staff, city facilities, or city services at minimal or no charge. Whether a city provides any such incentive is completely discretionary. The provision of grants and loans should be used with caution and with attention to necessary safeguards.
TIF is a tool that local governments can use to publicly finance needed structural improvements and enhanced infrastructure within a defined area. These improvements usually are undertaken to promote the viability of existing businesses and to attract new commercial enterprises to the area. The statutes governing TIF are located in Chapter 311 of the Texas Tax Code. The cost of improvements to the area is repaid by the contribution of future tax revenues by each taxing unit that levies taxes against the property. Specifically, each taxing unit can chose to dedicate all, a portion of, or none of the tax revenue that is attributable to the increase in property values due to the improvements within the reinvestment zone. The additional tax revenue that is received from the affected properties is referred to as the tax increment. Each taxing unit determines what percentage of its tax increment, if any, it will commit to repayment of the cost of financing the public improvements. TIF may be initiated only by a city. If a property is located outside of the city limits (within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction or beyond), it is not eligible for TIF. Once a city has initiated TIF, counties, school districts, and special districts are allowed to consider participating in the TIF agreement.
Property tax phase-in is used to promote and retain high quality development in all parts of the city. The City of Pflugerville offers tax rebates for new commercial or industrial business construction, or facility expansion, as well as business personal property tax associated with real property.
The criteria for determining which projects qualify for an economic development impact fee exemption include the number and quality of jobs the project will generate and maintain, the ad-valorem taxes the project will generate, community impacts, the longevity and creditworthiness of the company, and whether local facilities will be leased or owned. The determination for the waiver will be determined on a case-by-case basis, to new or expanding businesses engaged in (a) warehouse development, (b) manufacturing, (c) distribution, (d) technology, (e) research and development, and (f) large-scale office.
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a geographic area within the U.S. where foreign and domestic merchandise are considered to be within the realm of international commerce and as such, not within U.S. Customs territory. Any foreign or domestic merchandise not otherwise prohibited by law may be stored in a FTZ for an unlimited period of time. This allows merchandise to be stored duty-free indefinitely while waiting for receptive markets and favorable sales opportunities.
The City of Pflugerville will assist companies locating or expanding in Pflugerville in securing state provided job training assistance. The State of Texas, through the Texas Workforce Commission, offers the Skills Development Fund to finance customized job training for local businesses that is provided by public community and technical colleges.
Area municipal utilities specifically water and wastewater may offer financial incentives to qualifying customers. These economic development riders and business incentive plans are designed to encourage industrial and commercial development by providing additional cost savings to large users of this resource. Because this area is in a de-regulated electricity market, extremely competitive rates can be negotiated depending on total usage.
The 130 Commerce Center is designated a Targeted Employment Area through a third party validated survey proving unemployment in this area is in excess of 150% of the national average. It has been named the Northeast Travis County TEA. 130 Commerce Center as a TEA is therefore eligible for the EB5 Visa program which allows foreign investment of $500,000 with at least 10 jobs created. Investors are granted Green Card Status through this program and it provides much needed investment and job creation opportunities.