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A Targeted Employment Area (TEA) is an area with unemployment that is 150% or more of the national unemployment rate. It can be comprised of multiple, adjacent census tracts. More information can be found at the USCIS EB-5 web page.
The Dallas TEA is a guide to show you where unemployment is greater than 150% using the most recent Census ACS data. Final determination for a TEA designation will be made by USCIS. The data is updated annually to reflect the changing unemployment rates within Dallas.
Under revised EB-5 program rules issued by USCIS in November 2019, all TEA designations are made by the USCIS. The City of Dallas no longer issues TEA letters.
The application is due on April 1st for an annual approval by City Council prior to June 30th. Signatures for PID petitions must be gathered between October 1st and April 1st prior to the submission of the petition. Petitions will not be required to be notarized.
Staff will verify that the person signing the petition is the owner and has the authority to sign.
PID petitions shall include this additional note: “With respect to community property, the City may accept the signature of a single spouse as a representation of both spouses that they support the creation or renewal of the PID absent a separate property agreement. However, if staff is made aware of any disagreement between owners of community property those petitions will not be counted.”
PID applications shall include: A current list of properties and tax roll, Legible map (approved by the Office of Economic Development): A legal or clear description of the property included in the district (does not require the applicant to provide property surveys), Documentation of the management entity that will manage the district, The benefits of the PID to the affected property owners and to the City as a whole including a description of the services and improvement to be provided and analysis of how potential PID assessments can fund items in budget.
An application fee of $15,000 will be required for all new or renewing PIDs by April 1st. This fee approximates the costs of administering the PID through creation or renewal by City staff. The fee will be used for direct expenditures such as mailing and publication and will compensate the City of Dallas for creation or renewal staff time expended. Staff time will be billed at a rate that provides for full recovery of personnel cost for the time directly spent covering the review process. If the City of Dallas costs for this process are less than $15,000, the remainder will be reimbursed to the PID applicant. The application fee will not be counted as part of the 15% maximum for administrative expenses in a PID budget. This fee may be reimbursed to the PID management entity out of PID assessments when collected.
The Prestonwood PID shall continue to be renewed, supported and administered until such time the City Council deems it appropriate not to pursue renewal in accordance with Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code.
In new or renewing single-family PIDs, the City will require that owners representing at least 66.7% of the value and 66.7% of all record owners or 66.7% of land area support the creation of a new PID (includes Prestonwood PID) Currently, only the Prestonwood PID serves as a residential PID for the City of Dallas.
For a qualified M/WBE business to be counted in the participation of City’s projects as outlined in the Good Faith Effort Plan, the business must be currently certified. The City is a member of the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), and recognizes businesses certified through them.
North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
Center Point Two, Six Flags Drive, Suite 128Arlington, TX 76011817-640-0606
During the process the NCTRCA may require additional documentation.
In person:Department of Business Development & Procurement Services1500 Marilla Street, Room 3F NorthDallas, Texas 75201-6390214-670-3325 / 214-670-3235
Or online at: City of Dallas Vendor Self Service
• Public improvements such as the construction of new streets, alleyways, sidewalks, street lighting, pedestrian lighting, water main lines, waste water main lines, and storm water improvements.• Utility relocation, utility burial.• The demolition of existing buildings, structures, and fixtures.• The restoration of historic building facades.• The acquisition, clearing, and grading of land for public improvements.• Fees paid for architectural, planning, and engineering work related to eligible TIF funded public improvements.• Costs of environmental impact studies or other required studies and environmental remediation of a property.• Additional costs incurred for high density projects.
In addition, TIF district funds are used for a variety of administrative costs:• Contributions made by City of Dallas for implementation of the project plan.• Cost of publicizing the creation of the zone and implementation of the project plan.• Payments made to the City of Dallas for the creation of the zone or for the implementation of the project plan for the zone.• Cost of time spent by the City of Dallas staff in connection with the implementation of a project plan.• Operational expenses for the reinvestment zone and project facilities.