Our mission is to enhance the economy of the City of Belton by assisting primary industry expand or locate into the community, thereby creating new job opportunities.
The BEDC (Belton Economic Development Corporation) was created in 1990 after the Belton citizens voted in favor to adopt the state's 4A Sales Tax Program, an initiative introduced and supported by the city council. Acceptable projects for the BEDC are governed by State Law for 4A Corporations and by policies established by the board of directors and the Belton City Council.
The board of directors consists of five community business leaders appointed to three-year terms by the Belton City Council. Current board members include: President Chris Moore; Vice President Joe Shepperd; Secretary/Treasurer Griff Lord; and Steve Jones and Barry Harper.
Board meetings are held monthly at the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) building located on 2180 N. Main Street in Belton, Texas.
Each year the BEDC assists new companies interested in establishing operations in the City of Belton, encourages expansion of local companies, continues developing the Belton Business Park, and supports infrastructure projects in the community to spur growth.
Business Roundtable Meetings featuring special presentations are held quarterly to encourage networking among industry representatives, present topics of common interest and provide opportunities to learn and support our local industry.
The Belton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is partnering with the Central Texas Business Resource Center (the BRC) to provide small business counseling and training services in Belton. Beginning in October 2012, business counseling is available the first Tuesday of each month from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the BEDC office. Appointments can be made by calling Marcus Carr with the BRC at (254) 200-2004.
The BRC provides high-quality business counseling, training and assistance to potential and existing small business owners. Assistance encompasses providing information about financial resources for businesses, business planning tools and training, marketing, financial reporting assistance, counseling on business structures and tax responsibilities, employee hiring, and government contracting. Assistance also includes referring to other resources that are appropriate outside the scope of the BRC.
In addition, the BEDC coordinates efforts with the McLennan Community College Small Business Development Center in Temple to provide necessary assistance to access funds from the Small Business Administration.