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About the MDD

The Rockdale Municipal Development District

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) was created by voters in May, 2010 and began levying a 1/2 percent sales tax starting October 1, 2010 on all items in the district that are subject to the general sales tax. The MDD jurisdiction includes the City of Rockdale and its extra-territorial jurisdiction (that area that extends outward from the city limits to one mile).

It is the mission of the MDD to aid the City of Rockdale and interested private or public entities in making the community a better place to live, work and do business. In so doing, the MDD may help develop and finance any permissible project as defined in Chapter 377 of the Texas Local Government Code and that benefits, strengthens and diversifies the economic base of Rockdale.


Information is derived from the Texas Local Government Code (LGC).  Please confer with your legal representative prior to engaging in projects.



Prepared for: The Texas Ecomonic Development Council by M. Ray Perryman, PhD, President, The Perryman Group

The field of economic development has become increasingly sophisticated and more professionalized over the past thirty years. Experts in the field, such as economic development professionals, corporate real estate specialists, and site location consultants understand the workings of the economic development process. However, as global competition for investment intensifies, it is increasingly vital for elected officials and local community leaders outside the field to also understand how economic development works at the local and regional levels. 
To that end, the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), the more than 800 member state association of professional economic developers, contracted with Nobel Prize nominee Dr. M. Ray Perryman, to prepare this brief and highly informative white paper: The Market for Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Development Process.
This paper is designed to provide non-experts with a solid understanding of the economic development process, including the factors considered by companies making site location decisions and the appropriate, cost-effective uses of financial incentives. ~ Carlton Schwab, President/CEO, Texas Economic Development Council




Staff Members

Kara Z. Clore, CEcD
Executive Director
Rhonda F. Wagner
Executive Assistant