The Willis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) exists to assist business owners who are interested in locating or expanding existing businesses in the City of Willis. The Willis EDC offers resources, incentives, and information that will help you make a good decision about where to locate your business and serve as an advocate for you as you get your business up and running.

Your business is welcome in Willis!  

EDC MISSION AND GUIDING PRINCIPALS

Mission: 

The mission of the Willis Economic Development Corporation is to empower the local Willis economy, through the expansion and retention of the business community, with infrastructure assistance, and to promote business opportunities in the market area that enhances the quality of life.

EDC Guiding Principles :

  • Empower. The city provides resources for public and business developments.
  • Expansion and Retention. The EDC has developed financial networks of assistance.
  • Promote. Maintain a positive business environment

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Billy Click (President)

Hector Forestier

Nancy Petrus

BJ Spence

Anthony Williams

CONTACTS

Stacey Ford Osborne
EDC Director
(713) 456-9429

Marissa Quintanilla
City Secretary
City of Willis
200 N. Bell St
Willis, TX  77378

 

MEETINGS

The EDC Board of Directors meets bi-monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public, and are held at 4:30 p.m. at Willis City Hall, 200 N. Bell Street.

 

INCENTIVES

The Willis EDC offers incentives to businesses that benefit the Willis community. Some common incentives requested include the following:

  • Property/Sales Tax Abatements
  • Tax Reimbursements
  • Cash Grants
  • Utility Assistance

Incentives are considered on a case-by-case basis, and businesses must show a significant return on investment in the form of jobs, capital investment, and benefit to the Willis community.  If you would like to apply for a business incentive, please contact Stacey Osborne by phone at 713-456-9429 or send her an email.

 

OTHER BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

The EDC is here to help you do business better. Please review some of the resources available for you, and contact us if we can help you in any way.

Research
The Willis EDC has a wide range of research tools at our fingertips, and we are happy to find information that will help you do business better, including demographics, population density figures, traffic counts, etc.

Workforce Development Assistance
In addition to connecting you to appropriate workforce development resources, we also have an innovative Apprenticeship Program available for local businesses willing to provide a meaningful mentorship program for local students.

Facade Improvement Grants
We have a matching Facade Improvement Program available for businesses that want to improve the exterior of their building.

Site Selection Assistance
If you don’t know where you want to locate, the City of Willis can help you find the perfect location in the City limits or the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

Business Resources
The EDC can help connect you to any number of business resources, including suppliers, business assistance,

Broker Breakfasts
The EDC hosts a bi-monthly breakfast for real estate professionals in the area, providing information about infrastructure, upcoming developments, and tools available for real estate professionals.