FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2022
CONTACT: Chris Boone, Interim City Manager [email protected]
The City of Beaumont Launches a New Economic Development Campaign Designed to Educate Developers on Opportunities in Beaumont
Thanks to a one-stop online permitting center, a low cost of doing business that’s 5% below the national average, and a low cost of living that’s more than 10% below the national average for housing, Beaumont has a number of opportunities to offer. The City is taking a much more proactive role in educating developers on the economic advantages of investing in Southeast Texas.
“There’s a perception that the City isn’t growing, but in reality, more residential, commercial, and fire permits were issued last year than in the past ten years,” said Interim City Manager Chris Boone.
Nearly 8,000 permits were issued in 2021, which is a 160% increase in new commercial permits and a 194% increase in new residential permits vs. last year. There are currently 5-6 residential multi-family developments in the pipeline, with more than a dozen single-family units and over 500 lots being developed.
The new website BeaumontTXDevelopment.com features a wealth of information for developers interested in building in Beaumont. It highlights the tax incentives available on a local, state, and national level, resources like new business checklists and requirements, explanations of the building permit process, and an interactive construction map that highlights projects currently underway.
While it’s designed to make investing in Beaumont as appealing and seamless as possible, it’s also intended to debunk the misconception that it’s hard to do business here with explanations about why certain codes and ordinances exist.
The information will also be available in Pre-Development Packets that can be requested from the Community Development Department or by contacting any of the local City Councilmen encouraging anyone interested to set up a Pre-Development Meeting.
Pre-Development meetings are a vastly underutilized tool where you can sit down with representatives from Building Codes, Zoning, Fire, Engineering, Water, Quality Control, and other local entities to discuss all possible requirements for your project in-person or virtually and get all your questions answered in an hour.
Phases two and three of the campaign will include interviews with community leaders and local businesses, frequently asked questions from the Planning and Zoning Departments, and continued communication highlighting the businesses opening soon.
“The numbers don’t lie, and people have a lot to be excited about. We’re excited to tell those stories and to welcome these businesses and hopefully many more to the community soon,” said Boone.
About the City of Beaumont: Upon the discovery of oil over a century ago, Beaumont is where the Texas economy was changed forever. Now entering a new Golden Era of the Golden Triangle, over the next few years, the City is investing more than 30 million dollars into redeveloping the downtown riverfront. There’s no better time to get in on the ground floor and grow with us.
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