Invest in Downtown Seguin
The tools are in place for you to open a business, buy a building and be successful in downtown Seguin. These tools include incentives, easily accessible staff, a constant stream of visitors, potential customers, and more.
Most importantly, invest with us because we are investing in ourselves. From the new $14 million library to the new Walnut Springs Trail, the City of Seguin and the voters have taken large steps to improve downtown and bring more assets to the heart of our community.
BUSINESS INCENTIVES & ASSISTANCE
The Small Business Center (SBDC) sponsored by UTSA and the Seguin Economic Development Corporation provides free assistance to existing and new business owners and entrepreneurs. A small business advisor is in the Economic Development Office every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The SBDC also offers workshops on various business topics from social media to hiring to business plan writing. To schedule an appointment with a business advisor or to see a complete list of workshops visit http://www.sasbdc.org or call 210-458-2460 for more information.
Business tenants can also take advantage of many of the preservation/rehabilitation incentives offered to property owners, including the FIX-IT Facade grants and design assistance.
PRESERVATION & REHABILITATION INCENTIVES
The Seguin Main Street Program coordinates programs designed to encourage investment and revitalization of the downtown area. This includes a Low Interest Loan Program, the FIX-IT Façade Grant Program, 10% and 20% Federal Tax Credits, a Five-year Local Tax Abatement on Improvements and waiver of most permit fees.
Free Architectural Design Assistance from the Texas Main Street Program provides member cities with free design services for façade improvements for buildings located in the downtown historic district. Conceptual drawings of buildings with advice on paint colors, signage, and remodeling are available. All requests for design assistance are coordinated through the Seguin Main Street Program office.
Seguin has been actively involved in the Texas Main Street Program since 1996. This program promotes the economic revitalization of downtown through historic preservation. An estimated $45 million dollars in public and private funds have been reinvested in downtown Seguin since re-entering the program in 1996. Twenty-seven blocks of downtown Seguin is designated as a National Register Historic Commercial District. An expanded Seguin Historic District includes four additional blocks. To encourage reinvestment in downtown Seguin the following programs are in place.
Downtown property, both for sale or lease, tends to be available at a lower rate than other nearby cities and even other retail and commercial districts in Seguin. A variety of space is available ranging from historic homes to multi-story commercial buildings. Larger-scale investment opportunities for combined retail, office and residential use are available.
SEGUIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION-SEDC
Click to connect to the SEDC web site at: www.seguinedc.com/ for information on industrial recruitment and development in Seguin.
Check this out: Defining Local Historic District Character
FIX-IT Façade Grant
Click to download an application for a façade improvement grant
Low Interest Loan Program
- Click here to view Eligibility and Application Guidelines
- Click here to download the application
- Click here to download Personal Financial Statement Form
Tax Abatement Program for Downtown Historic District $500,000 Application
- Click here to download the information
- Click here to download the city application
- Click here to download the ordinance
Downtown Building Permit Fee Waiver