Economic Development

The Economic Development Department 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 can include both financial and non-financial assistance depending upon the needs of the business.

The Lockhart Economic Development Department works collaboratively with other departments in the City of Lockhart, the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber as well as with many regional economic development organizations, business organizations, and financial institutions.  The Economic Development Department and Lockhart Economic Development Corporation represent Lockhart as a regional partner in Opportunity Austin and the Greater San Marcos Partnership. 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.

To contact the Economic Development Department, call 512-668-4766 or email

Business Development Partners

Opportunity Austin Regional Partners

Five County Initiative for Job Creation in Central Texas

Opportunity Austin was a five-year, five-county economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in Central Texas. Launched in 2004, this regional strategy aimed to create 72,000 regional jobs and increase regional payroll by $2.9 billion. To implement the strategy, the regional business community committed to invest $14.4 million.

Opportunity Austin has registered solid success. Regional employment growth has surpassed even the most optimistic scenarios. 

Greater San Marcos Partnership

Economic Growth in Hays and Caldwell Counties, Texas 

The Greater San Marcos Region is ideally located on the IH-35 corridor just 30 miles south of Austin and 40 miles north of San Antonio, two of the fastest growing MSAs in the United States and the fastest growing region in Texas. The Greater San Marcos Region represents the lower half of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA, which includes all of Hays and Caldwell Counties. The cities of Buda, Kyle, Dripping Springs, San Marcos, Wimberley, Lockhart and Luling are within the two county jurisdiction.

Lockhart Economic Development Corporation

Allies for Business Support

Small Business Development Center, Texas State University
Lockhart Chamber of Commerce
Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber