What is a Type B Economic Development Corporation?

About the BCIC

Through a special election held on November 7, 2001, the citizens of Brownsville voted to reduce the type A economic development sales tax from ½ cent to ¼ cent; and to create a type B economic development corporation with a sales tax of ¼ cent, which is now well known as the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC). A percentage of ¼ of a cent of every sales tax dollar generated in dining and retail is allocated to projects that foster economic development opportunities and enhance the quality of life within the city limits of Brownsville, TX. Projects eligible for funding that fall under the categories authorized by state law under the Development Corporation Act include funding for land, buildings, improvements, etc.

The BCIC plays a vital role in improving the quality of life in Brownsville, Texas as well as foster economic development opportunities. The BCIC partners with city departments and organizations to provide residents with opportunities for growth. In addition, the BCIC shares its vision of growth by supplementing promotion and capital projects in Brownsville, Texas.


To be a catalyst and proactively partner with organizations who invest resources to improve Brownsville, Texas' quality of life by enhancing aesthetic, cultural and leisure amenities and promote economic development to enhance the city's economic base.


By promoting and funding our assets in sports and recreational tourism and small business diversity, Brownsville, Texas can become a regional competitor in economic development, historic preservation and tourism.
A special thank you to all who participated in the development of our 3-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. We move forward with the invested interest in turning Brownsville, Texas into a city-destiation of choice.
Rebeca Castillo, Executive Director of the BCIC

To view or download our strategic plan, click below.

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Contact Information
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
500 E. St. Charles
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 545-0353
Email: info@bcic.us
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