Economic Development Department

"The City of Boerne's Economic Development Department acts as a catalyst for responsible economic growth that improves Boerne's financial integrity and quality of life."

Nick Montagno

Who We Are

The Economic Development Department, in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders, encourages commercial development opportunities consistent with Land Use and Community Livability policies while continuing to promote Boerne as an excellent and desirable place to locate a business. The department also directs its efforts towards projects that help to support existing business development and expansion opportunities and initiatives within downtown and along the City’s arterial corridors and activity centers. 

Responsibilities

  • Seek and encourage quality economic development to include financial growth and quality of life balanced projects which preserve or enhance the character, natural resources, destination drivers and identity of Boerne;
  • Pursue projects that will increase sales tax, hotel/motel tax, and ad valorem tax revenues with a focus on the balance of commercial versus residential tax base;
  • Endeavor to increase utility revenues with a focus on adding wastewater treatment customers, growing gas system customer base and sales, utilizing the reclaimed water utility to achieve water system efficiencies to expand and maximize the City’s water resources and in-fill development to improve the efficiency and financial stability of the electric system;
  • Continue to promote economic development opportunities with emphasis on downtown, along the City’s arterial corridors and activity centers and in the City’s north side;
  • Seek development in identified target groups and seek projects which include high quality jobs;
  • Coordinate economic development efforts with the Boerne-Kendall County Economic Development Corporation (BKCEDC) and the Boerne Chamber of Commerce to best leverage the knowledge, skills and abilities of the economic development staff at each organization;
  • Utilize Boerne assets such as: quality of life, highly rated school system, proximity to San Antonio, and access to high speed, fiber internet services;
  • Endeavor to retain and/or improve quality of life and unique community identity during periods of rapid growth; and
  • Do all things that are necessary to meet the economic development goal of the Master Plan and achieve the Community Vision.

Experience

Nicholas (Nick) Montagno has called the Texas Hill Country “home” for over 20 years and has over 10 years of municipal government experience with the city of Boerne in numerous roles. A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Nick holds a master’s degree in economics and multiple bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines, including history.

Services

The city offers a full array of financial incentives, matching grant programs and other incentives that promote downtown revitalization, commercial building façade improvements, business retention development, relocation and expansion, strengthening of the city's arts community, and special events that promote economic development.

The city's Economic Development Department is here to assist you and to facilitate your decision making process and implementation of your business plans as they relate to the City of Boerne.

Helpful Resources

2020 City of Boerne Economic Development Work Plan (PDF)

2019 City of Boerne Economic Development Work Plan (PDF)

2018 City of Boerne Economic Development Work Plan (PDF)

Boerne Water 2070 Plan (PDF)

2016 Downtown Strategic Initiative Report (PDF)

Development Projects in Boerne


About Nick