business in downtown abi

In the last 10 years, Downtown Abilene has been transformed from a 9-to-5 office district into one of the best downtowns in the state. With a brand-new Downtown Doubletree Convention Center, new investment including apartments, revitalized office space, restaurants, and continued growth of the cultural district – our skyline is transforming. 

Downtown Abilene is truly the epicenter of a downtown on the move. The Downtown Initiative staff helps your business utilize services, facilitates public-private partnerships, and leverages private investment to make downtown your preferred neighborhood to do business in. Click here to learn how our team can help serve you. 

MARKET INcentives

A hand up. A combination of standing programs and project-based economic development incentives that can help move the needle on your project.


Our team has worked tirelessly to gather feedback from the community and consult with professionals to ensure that we’re taking an innovative, community-driven approach to downtown revitalization. Check out plans built by the needs and desires of the people who live, work, and play downtown to help drive your next project.

City Center Growth​

Vision Package

A four-part planning document that identifies key development, infrastructure, and public/private partnership opportunities to spur the successful redevelopment of Abilene’s downtown core.
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SoDA District Master Plan

The South Downtown Abilene Master Plan

Intended to establish a vision for the future of South Downtown Abilene and outline a framework of actions to realize that vision.
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business & merchant FAQs & tools

Our team of community development staff are available to provide a wide range of support and collaboration for developers, property owners, existing or prospective businesses, residents and others. Lean on the staff to provide:

  • General services for property owners, developers, residents and business owners
  • Engagement programming for downtown merchants, employees and residents
  • Connection assistance with city officials, metro departments and other stakeholder groups
  • Guidance in navigating regulatory hurdles or developer tools
  • Tours of emerging or newly constructed properties
  • Commercial property search & site selection support
  • Market conditions information 

Development Map

With so much growth, it can be hard to keep track of planned and underway projects. Our comprehensive Development Map has you covered!

See something that needs to be added to our emerging project list? Contact our team today.

retail & commercial recruitment

Scouting out the perfect location for your store or restaurant?

We assist local, regional and national operators in finding the ideal spot for their business. Services include:

  • Identifying suitable spaces;
  • Guidance on the permitting process;
  • Accessing related information like pedestrian counts;
  • Introductions to retail designers.


While we support all areas of Abilene, our focus is on cultivating a hip urban environment for workforce attraction.