Economic Development

Be the Heart of Rockdale!

Rockdale is undergoing a Revitalization and offers the perfect time for you to launch your business.
With a variety of properties in the heart of our Historic Downtown, in our West End Commercial District, and in our Industrial Complex -- Rockdale has development opportunities for every type of business.

Contact the Rockdale Municipal Development District to inquire about incentives and grants for your business.


The City of Rockdale is actively seeking businesses such as:

  • Boutique Brick & Mortar and Online Retailers 
  • Restaurants & Bakeries
  • Artisan Food & Beverage Producers
  • Breweries
  • Wineries and/or Wine Boutiques
  • Distilleries
  • Artists seeking Production & Gallery Space
  • Consumer Service Businesses
  • Industrial 
  • Construction 
  • Textiles
  • Distribution Centers
  • Call Centers


The City of Rockdale offers economic development incentives to prospective businesses including:

  • Extension of utility systems
  • Relocation assistance
  • Tax abatement (PDF) 
  • Negotiated permit fees
  • Chapter 380 agreements

Municipal Development District

The Rockdale Municipal Development District may also assist in the acquisition of land or construction expenses associated with a new business venture that creates primary jobs.

Rockdale Fast Facts

Rockdale is located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 77 and 79. Its population is 5,595 and Milam County's population is 24,757 (2010 Census).

Distance to Large Cities

Tax Rates (cents per $100 valuation)

City of Rockdale - $0.9118
Milam County - $0.700
Rockdale ISD - $1.36
Total - $2.9718