Howard County Working to Offer Incentives to New Businesses

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Howard County is putting its money where its mouth is and is trying to bring more businesses to the area.

A new program that was approved on Monday that would allow Howard County Commissioners to work with the Big Spring Economic Development Office to attract more businesses to the area.

This program recently became an option for Howard County to take part in and create an economic development program at a county level.

Now, the County can provide grants loans and in kind services to new local businesses.

They say this will not interfere with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation and it should only help.

"This gives us another tool in our toolbox to get the economic development started here in Howard County, and in no way, form, fashion or means, does it take place of the Economic Development Board at the Chamber," Howard County Judge, Mark Barr, said.

Officials also tell NewsWest 9, the money wont be given to all businesses. They will have to go through an application process and then they will have to go before the Commissioner's Court  before they get any money.

Each potential business will be looked at on a case by case basis. The grant is mostly geared toward new businesses looking to locate in Howard County.