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The City of Corpus Christi promotes long-term growth and prosperity for residents and businesses in the City and the surrounding region. In order to encourage long-term growth and prosperity, the City dedicates resources to achieving the following objectives:

  • Improve the Quality of Life of Our Residents
  • Diversify the City’s Economy 
  • Increase Business Recruitment and Retention 
  • Attract Talent and Develop Our Workforce

The City of Corpus Christi partners with the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (CCREDC), the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District (CCDMD) and the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CCCVB) to accomplish these goals. The Business Liaison supports these organizations in their efforts and coordinates between our partner agencies and the rest of the City organization. 


Contact Information

For Economic Development

Alyssa M. Barrera, Business Liaison

Address: 1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9277, Corpus Christi, TX 78469


Phone: (361) 826-3356

Economic Development Partners »

Local Economic Development Services

Downtown Reinvestment Zone

In 2008, the City of Corpus Christi created Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3, in the City’s downtown.

Economic Development Incentive Programs

The City has several local incentive programs to assist in a variety of desired activities and investments.          

Request for Proposals

On December 19, 2017 the City Council approved a Contract for the purchase and redevelopment of the building.            

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Alyssa Michelle Barrera has served as the City’s Business Liaison since July 2014. This position coordinates internally for economic development, downtown redevelopment, and tourism efforts and with partner agencies, the CCREDC, CCDMD and CCCVB. Additionally, Ms. Barrera manages and administers the Downtown Reinvestment Zone, and coordinates the agenda for the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation (Type A) and Corpus Christi Type B Corporation. Prior experiences includes:  Executive Assistant to the Assistant City Manager for Business Support Services, Management Assistant – Development Services, Graduate Intern – Development Services, and Graduate Fellow – Bold Future for the Coastal Bend.
Ms. Barrera earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 2010 and Master of Public Administration Degree in 2012, both from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 42 and serves on the Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Board as Strategic Planning Chair. Ms. Barrera was honored as Corpus Christi Under 40 in 2013. She has also served as Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Past President of Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend from 2102 – 2015. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council. In December 2016, Ms. Barrera obtained an Economic Development Finance Professional Certification, through the National Development Council.