Established in 1997 by presiding Mayor Ken Lane, the Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) acts as a non-profit corporation governed under the laws of the Texas Development Corporation Act of 1979. The DCOH is directed by a five member board which meets monthly to review projects and requests that promote, assist and enhance economic development efforts for the City of Haskell.
The Development Corporation of Haskell maintains both 4A & 4B powers under Texas law and has authority to assist with the following two areas:
Manufacturing and industrial development including revenue to fund land, buildings, equipment, facilities expenditures, targeted infrastructure and improvements for projects including:
- manufacturing and industrial facilities, recycling facilities, distribution centers, and small warehouse facilities;
- research and development facilities, regional or national corporate headquarters facilities, primary job training facilities operated by higher education institutions, job training classes, telephone call centers and career centers not located within a junior college taxing district;
- certain infrastructure improvements that promote or develop new or expanded business enterprises;
- aviation facilities;
- commuter rail, light rail or commuter bus operations;
- maintenance and operating costs associated with projects.
Quality of life improvements related to land, buildings equipment, facilities, targeted infrastructure and improvements for:
- professional and amateur sports and athletic facilities, tourism and entertainment facilities, convention facilities and public parks;
- related store, restaurant, concession, parking and transportation facilities;
- related street, water and sewer facilities; and
- affordable housing.
For a complete list of eligible projects that can request assistance from the DCOH, please see the Texas Ahead (http://texasahead.org/tax_programs/typeab) website.