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Business and Economic Development Resources

City of Lockhart – Economic Development Department - is ready and willing to assist businesses who are interested in locating or expanding in the Lockhart, Texas or Caldwell County, Texas. The city’s experienced and professional staff is able to help businesses navigate the economic development process.

City is designed to provide a range of business and economic development assistance.  From entrepreneurs to large corporations and from retail to manufacturing companies, the Lockhart Economic Development Department is here to work with your business and include both financial and non-financial assistance depending upon the needs of the business.  The Lockhart Economic Development Departments works collaboratively with other departments in the City of Lockhart, with many economic development organizations, business organizations, and financial institutions.  Thus, the Economic Development Department is a resource for businesses not only through its own programs and staff, but also through a network of individuals and organizations.

  • Entrepreneur
  • Retail/Commercial
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Financial
  • Non-financial
  • Movie/Commercials
  • Development Opportunities

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

The following organizations are important collaborators in the Economic Development process in Lockhart:

The Lockhart Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The Lockhart Economic Ddevelopment Corporation (EDC) is a non-profit corporation that is able to leverage the economic development sales and use tax to expand economic development through business expansions, business recruitment and exporting.

Lockhart Economic Development Revolving Loan Committee

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to existing and new businesses that wish to expand or establish their business within the City limits of Lockhart; however, applicants outside the City limits may also be considered as an exception to these limitations.

Lockhart Industrial Foundation (LIF)

A non-profit corporation with a key purpose to provide community-wide leadership of econmic development in the Lockhart area. For more info contact ecodev@lockhart-tx.org

Caldwell County Development Corporation (CCDC)

Administers a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural business enterprise grant (RBEG) and a revolving loan fund for companies operating in Caldwell County, Texas.

Lockhart Chamber of Commerce

Provides events, gatherings, and advertising and marketing opportunities for area businesses.

Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote and strengthen the economic welfare of the business community in Caldwell County by supporting proactive activities in the areas of education, civic leadership, and community development and by creating business opportunities for it's members.

Regional Econmic Development Partners:

Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP)

The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is a 501(c)6 regional economic development corporation serving Hays and Caldwell counties, focused on directing future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. Our mission is to promote sustainable and comprehensive economic development in the greater San Marcos region by implementing a five-year economic development strategic plan.

Austin Regional Partners – Opportunity Austin 2.0 - “The success that this community has had has allowed us to broaden the menu of what we can look at,” said Gary Farmer, chairman of Opportunity Austin and president of Heritage Title. “We feel very strongly that we can’t just be about one piece or one segment of this community. We need to focus on the whole community.”

The new plan, which will run from 2014 to 2018, retains a focus on Austin’s economy, its talent and its sense of place, Farmer said. Within those three themes, the organizing committee identified eight key initiatives designed to build on the prior two versions of Opportunity Austin, he said.

Among other things, those efforts will include transportation issues, a more formalized education and skills-training pipeline, and initiatives to capitalize on technology commercialization – including from a new University of Texas medical school.

But the organizing committee also decided that the growth of the region demanded broader measures that extend beyond business development, said Mac Holladay, chief executive Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm that has worked on all three Opportunity Austin plans. The new framework includes consideration of indicators such as poverty rates, child poverty, annual wages and per-capita income.  For more info contact ecodev@lockhart-tx.org


Business assistance is available from the following:

Texas State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Provides free business counseling, advice and educational and training services to businesses to help them start, operate, or grow their enterprise.

Private appointments for companies looking to relocate to Lockhart are available by calling 512-398-3461.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

One of the most comprehensive resources for providing assistance to small businesses; provides a range of informational and financial products to small businesses, including the 504 and the 7a loan program.

The SBA also provides information on writing business plans and provides business plan formats.

Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Austin SCORE
5524 Bee Caves Rd., Westland Park
Building M, #100
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512-928-2425

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan Assistance  -

USDA Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services o rural America. 
Business Development – USDA provides technical assistance to businesses and cooperatives located in rural communities and establishes strategic alliances and partnerships that leverage public, private, and cooperative resources to create jobs and stimulate rural economic activity by promoting business development

Texas Wide Open for Business

The State of Texas offers a range of economic development incentives and financing options for companies looking to relocate to the State.

Texas Secretary of State

Provides information about business filings, the availability of business names, assumed name certificates and publishes the Texas Business Organization Code.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts 

Provides information on a range of state and local taxes, sales tax permits, accessing the Centralized Master Bidders List, providing information on the Texas economy, providing information about registering as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), and a host of other tax and business related information.