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About the MDD

The Rockdale Municipal Development District

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.

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (RMDD) is entering into its 9th year. The RMDD was created by voters in May 2010 and began levying a ½ percent sales tax starting October 1, 2010, on all items in the District that are subject to the general sales tax. The MDD boundaries include the City of Rockdale and its extra-territorial jurisdiction (that area that extends outward from the city limits to one mile). The RMDD permissible project jurisdiction consists of the City of Rockdale and all of the territories outside of the city limits of Rockdale, Texas, but only to the extent that territory is in the Rockdale Independent School District. The RMDD spent much of the first two years educating themselves and the community on economic development while funds were being accrued to hire their first Executive Director in March of 2012. In the past eight years, they have hit the ground running on recruitment efforts and establishing programs for small business retention and expansions. Over the years, the RMDD has also participated in various long-term infrastructure projects for the community. One such project is the Development of the Rockdale Industrial and Business Park. The RMDD, in partnership with the City, has recently completed the installation of water, wastewater, fire protection and other improvements in the Industrial and Business Park totaling approximately $758,608.10 in RMDD funds. The RMDD has recently voted to reserve approximately 56 acres of its Industrial park for light manufacturing and business development while keeping options available for approximately 110 acres to the north as new residential development to support the growing community due to recent business development at the Alcoa Industrial Complex just outside of Rockdale.  All development and improvements will be done in compliance with the City’s rules, standards, codes, and ordinances to create an attractive and marketable resource that will encourage an increase in the tax base within the City and the District.

The RMDD, in conjunction with the Rockdale Downtown Association (RDA), facilitated the development of a Downtown Master Plan for the City of Rockdale. The RDA sought qualified firms to conduct a study and then develop a plan to revitalize the Downtown District of Rockdale. After many interviews, the RDA recommended that Half Associates be hired to perform the work. The RMDD funded the Downtown Master Plan Project in the amount of $30,000. The Plan was submitted on October 19, 2012. The RMDD and Rockdale Community have implemented many incentives to encourage the success of the Downtown Revitalization Project in the past years, such as the Façade Improvement Incentive Program, Rental Assistance Program, Public Use Parking and Pedestrian Facilities (Sidewalks). To date, the RMDD has funded 19 Façade Grants totaling   $128,111.37, 13 Rental Assistance Grants totaling $55387.50, and approved five public use Parking and Pedestrian Facilities (Sidewalks) Projects totaling approximately $371,436.00.

  • Façade Improvement Incentive Program Goals;
    • Offer the private sector an incentive program to invest in Rockdale buildings
    • Catalyze continued private sector investment through visible improvements
    • Revitalize and improve the appearance of Rockdale buildings to positively impact the aesthetics, marketability, and perception of the City of Rockdale and its ETJ
  • Rental Assistance Program Goals;
    • Assist new ventures during the first months of operation with financial assistance.
    • Foster the growth of small businesses and commercial enterprises in the Downtown District
    • Target commercial establishments that complement existing businesses in the downtown area, building on the concept of redevelopment of the Historical Downtown District of Rockdale.
  • Public Use Parking and Pedestrian Facilities (Sidewalks) Projects;
    • Cameron & Main Sidewalk Improvement Survey
    • Downtown Revitalization Program Grant (Cameron Ave. Sidewalk replacement from Green St. to Burleson St.)
    • Transportation Assistance Set – Aside Grant (Cameron Ave. Sidewalk replacement from Akerman St. to Burleson St.)
    • Main Street Public Parking Lot Project
    • Main Street Sidewalk replacement

The RMDD purchased an office building located at 134 N. Main St. in downtown Rockdale. since that time, they have made several repairs to the building, including exterior wall repairs, roof repairs, office remodel, and the construction of an adjacent public use Parking Lot.

The RMDD has approved other various Grants to aid in the Historic Restoration of community landmarks, new business construction, and infrastructure expansion and the construction of three City of Rockdale Gateway Monuments totaling $174,215.19.

In the upcoming year, the RMDD plans to seek grant funding to hire a qualified firm to conduct a study and then develop an Economic Development Strategic Plan for the District. Moreover, it intends to continue to market and promote the development of the Rockdale Industrial and Business Park and continue to advertise, market, and conveyed the property to obtain new and expanding businesses within the District, to create new jobs and expand the local tax base. The RMDD also plans to review and modify its existing Grant Programs to fit the current needs of the District.


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. 
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