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Grand Prairie Economic Development is the City's primary engine for commercial development, charged with marketing Grand Prairie as a great place to start a business, expand a business, or just plain do business.

We are a team of professionals who use our expertise to develop, advise, manage and invest to strengthen our commercial business community and help make our City stronger and grow the City's economy. By aggressively recruiting new development and new business, combined with providing a strong retention and expansion program, the Department has a proven industry track record of providing assistance and knowledge while creating jobs and new business opportunities. We take great pride in forming unified collaboration between Economic Development and the Planning, Development, Inspections & Transportation Departments to offer the business community a one-stop shopping system to smoothly approach facility start-ups, expansion and new developments.

We are dedicated to investing in commercial growth, but it's not only economic ... it's also human growth and capital so Grand Prairie business and residential citizens realize a rich, rewarding and vibrant future.

Building Permits, Occupancy Permits, Code

Building Inspections (Building safety, application for certificate of occupancy, registration forms)
Code Enforcement (Code violations, graffiti abatement, file a complaint)
Fire Prevention (Building requirements, fire alarm systems, sprinkler system requirements)
Planning & Development (Comprehensive planning, zoning, land use, development permits/process)

Commercial Real Estate Research, Market Reports

CB Richard Ellis
Holt Lunsford Commercial
JLL Commercial Real Estate
The Retail Connection
Venture Commercial

Dallas-Fort Worth Demographics, Business Climate, Transportation Projects

Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
DFW Marketing Team
North Central Texas Council of Governments
North Texas Toll Authority/NTTA

Independent Business Organizations, Networking

Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Great Southwest Industrial District Association
Manufacturing Association of North Texas

Labor Market

Texas Workforce Commission (Wages by industry, occupation, location)
Texas Workforce Commission (Labor market publications, links)
Texas Workforce Commission (Grand Prairie labor market)
U.S. BLS Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (DFW-Arlington Metro Area wages)

Property Appraisal Values, Business Personal Property Forms, Exemption Applications

Dallas County Appraisal District
Tarrant County Appraisal District
Ellis County Appraisal District


U.S. Census Bureau Grand Prairie fact finder

State of Texas

Economic Development of the Governor's Office
Texas Wide Open for Business
Texas State Comptroller
Texas Business Research

Workforce, Training, Grants

Skills Development Grant Fund
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center (Corporate Services, Customized Training)
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (Workforce partner for businesses located in Tarrant County)
Workforce Solutions for Dallas County (Workforce Partner for Businesses Located in Dallas County)
TMAC (Affiliate of MEP Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, hosted by State public university system)

Economic Development Department

317 W. College St. * Grand Prairie, TX 75050 * (972) 237- 8160

Bob O’Neal
Director, Commercial Business & Retail Recruitment

Terry Jones
Business Manager, Industrial Recruitment, Retention & Expansion

Rita Heep
Business Manager, Retail Recruitment, Main Street Manager

Terry Tate
Business Analyst

Maria Cerda
Administrative Supervisor

Last updated: 5/12/2015 11:04:02 AM