Under the auspices of the Garland Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), Garland is extremely aggressive and creative with the use of incentives when it comes to attracting the right types of development and redevelopment projects.
Garland incentives include tax abatements, electric rate discounts, sales tax rebates, permit/ development fee waivers and infrastructure cost participation. Garland is aggressive and creative with the use of incentives when it comes to attracting or retaining the right types of companies.
Tax Abatements: Tax abatement is a possibility when there is value added to the tax roll either by new construction or by the addition of machinery and equipment. Garland offers a common abatement of 50 percent over five years on the real estate portion of qualified projects. Major projects may warrant special abatement conditions beyond the standard and Garland stands ready to use this incentive to attract the right companies.
All abatement projects must meet a minimum threshold based on full-time jobs, annual payroll, value of new facilities, value of machinery and equipment, value of inventory, and annual sales tax generated or Garland Power & Light electric usage. All abatements and other incentives must be approved on a case-by-case basis negotiated by Economic Development staff, reviewed by the Economic Development Steering Committee and approved by City Council.
Workforce Development: In 2006, the GEDP partnered with Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) to provide resources for qualified workforce and workforce training. We realize that finding and sustaining skilled workforce is a key for your success. The DCCCD provides competitive pricing for employee training and may be able to obtain training grants from either local or State funding agencies.
Triple Freeport: Garland is a Triple Freeport Zone with Dallas County, Garland ISD, and City of Garland participating in inventory tax exemptions for goods shipped out of state within 175 days.
Electric Rate Contracts: Garland Power & Light (GP&L) is the third largest municipally owned electric utility in the state of Texas. Due to Garland’s ownership of its own electric company, Garland has the ability to offer some of the most competitive contract electric rates in the nation if the project is located in GP&L service area. This program is specifically designed to increase company’s profitability and market competitiveness.
Fee Waivers: City permit and development impact fees can be partially or fully waived for projects based upon the desirable economic impact to the city.
Infrastructure Cost Sharing: Development projects that have a significant regional economic impact often require the developer to build new or up-size existing public infrastructure to accommodate the development. Public infrastructure includes roadways, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water, structured parking and streetscape enhancement. As part of an overall economic development agreement, the City may enter into a funding partnership with the private developer to pay for a portion of the costs of infrastructure.
The City, Chamber and Garland ISD collaborate to development our local economy through the Garland Economic Development Partnership (GEDP). Since 1995 the GEDP has directed more than $1.5 billion in new investment into Garland and spurred the creation of more than 16,000 jobs. Our “no wrong door” philosophy ensures existing and prospective businesses seamlessly and effectively secure what they need to succeed in our community.