How Can We Help You

If you are a commercial developer, broker or investor, the International Management District can assist you in the following ways:

  • Providing trade area population demographic and other data, and maps to assist developers in determining market demand for proposed projects.
  • Assistance in obtaining Texas Workforce Solutions’ subsidies and tax credits in conjunction with the Texas Back to Work, Work Opportunity Tax Credit and HIRE Act Tax Benefit programs.
  • Information and contacts related to Houston Community College education and training programs that benefit District employers and their employees.
  • Basic information about the Federal EB-5 Program administered by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services agency which enables foreign business investors meeting certain minimum requirements to obtain permanent residence visas over time.
  • Assistance in obtaining State of Texas incentives including sales tax refunds, state and use tax exemptions, job training grants, and on-the-job training assistance related to particular projects and workforce requirements.
  • Assistance in obtaining City of Houston and Harris County property tax abatements on industrial building investments of $1 million or more, based on the creation of 25 or more jobs by Year 3 of any project.
  • Assistance in negotiating Chapter 380/381 agreements with the City of Houston to fund infrastructure for high priority commercial or residential projects.

To be able to respond to inquiries – particularly international inquiries that the District may receive, the District periodically compiles lists of commercial properties for sale or for lease in the District, together with asking prices/rates and broker contact information.

To have listings included in the District’s inventory of properties available, commercial real estate brokers are encouraged to submit current listing sheets or flyers to Natali Hurtado, Deputy Executive Director.

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Business Resources

Looking for information on how to start a new business, loan packaging, getting in touch with international trading partners, complying with federal regulations, bidding for federal, state contracts and more? Check out the following sources.

U.S. Small Business Administration
9301 Southwest Freeway, Suite 550
Houston, Texas 77074 Phone: 713-773-6500

U.S. General Store for Small Business
5300 Griggs Road
Houston, Texas 77021
Phone: 713-643-8000

One Stop Business Center- City of Houston
City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby Street @ Mckinney
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-663-7867
Fax: 713-247-2710

University of Houston Small Business Development Center
1100 Louisiana, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-752-8400

Greater Houston Partnership
1200 Smith, Suite 700
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-651-2100

Texas Southern University Economic Development Center
3100 Cleburne
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: 713-313-7785