Economic Development

Downtown Denton in EveningBusinesses and residents alike are drawn to Denton's authenticity and opportunities. Characterized by a vision for smart growth and business investment, our community has a friendly, small-town feel paired with big-city amenities, two thriving state universities, and a sustainability commitment.

Denton offers a favorable business climate, exceptional livability, and a diversity of choices in employment, lifestyle, and neighborhoods.

The Economic Development Department helps Denton grow by:

  • Expanding Denton's economy through the location of new businesses and the retention and expansion of current employers
  • Fostering Denton's thriving culture of a business, technology, and artistic creation and innovation
  • Attracting, developing, and retaining skilled and talented workers to support existing and future employers
  • Building relationships with Denton businesses and residents through outreach, education, and engagement
  1.  Denton Small Business Profile program marker for Chrysalis Clothing Gallery

    Denton Small Business Profile - Chrysalis Clothing Gallery

    Shellion Reid opened the retail store to help women find their capacity for creative and fabulous self-expression through clothing and accessories whi... Read on...
  2. Turning Heads Studio Small Business Profile logo

    Denton Small Business Profile - Turning Heads Studio

    Tonya Kimbrough had been in the corporate world for over 20-years when she decided to make a move and follow her passion. Read on...
  3. Denton Small Business Profile Logo - Trendsetters

    Denton Small Business Profile - Trendsetter Beauty Supply

    Economic Development continues to celebrate Black History Month by providing a Denton Black Small Business Profile. This profile is for Trendsetter Be... Read on...
  4. Denton Small Business Profile and Cookie Crave logos

    Denton Small Business Profile The Cookie Crave

    To start this new Denton Small Business Profile series, we celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting black owned businesses in our community. We e... Read on...
  5. Photo of Bunch Bikes employees with Mayor and EDP Chair

    City of Denton Recognizes Small Business of the Year, Bunch Bikes

    Bunch Bike's premiere product, The Coupe, is the only bike of its type in North America. Read on...
  6. Photo of Fisher59 employees with Mayor and EDP Chair

    City of Denton Recognizes Large Business of the Year, Fisher59

    During the 2021 winter storm Uri, Fisher 59 coordinated with other Denton small businesses to distribute 600 cases of bottled water for nonprofits and... Read on...
  7. Photo of 2021 Business Award Winner LashUp BrowDown

    City of Denton Recognizes Minority/Women/Veteran Owned Business of The Year, Lashup Browdown

    The inaugural Minority/Women/Veteran Owned Business of the Year, LashUp BrowDown has served Denton since 2016. Read on...
  8. Photo of AppleJack owner, Interim City Manager, and Mayor with award
  9. three stacked gold stars with text mayor & City council Annual Business Award Winners

    2021Mayor-Council Business Awards

    Recipients of this year's Mayor-Council Business Awards have been selected Read on...

Incentives & Programs

Economic Development offers support and services to businesses in all sectors and of all sizes. From facilitation of the training grants and incentive programs to the support of local merchants through the SH.O.P. Denton and Shop Small Saturday programs, the City is invested in supporting Denton's diverse business community.

As part of Denton's business recruitment and expansion efforts, the City Council has awarded a total of 30 economic development incentives to foster tax base and employment expansion in the community. Since 1999, the City has invested $22 million in tax-related incentives, and in return, has benefited from a net increase in property and sales tax revenues totaling more than $71 million. The return on investment for all incentives awarded is about 324%. In total, there have been 8,400 jobs created or retained by incentivized projects.

Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program

Denton promotes its unique character and culture through redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown. The Downtown Reinvestment Grant is a reimbursement program to assist downtown projects with facade  improvements; roof and foundation repair; new signs and awning; reimbursement of impact fees; and utility upgrade costs. The 2022 updated grant program guidelines and application can be found on this page under Helpful Resources.