Economic Development Corporation

EDC business recruitment

The Port Isabel EDC has several programs available for business support. Fill out this form so we can start the conversation: Tell Us About Your Business Needs or browse our Business Beautification Grant Program.

A Snapshot of Port Isabel’s Business Community

Port Isabel
is situated in eastern Cameron County on the shoreline of the Laguna Madre Bay and just 2.6 miles from South Padre Island.

Port Isabel is home to a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is open daily (weather permitting). Visitation and ticket sales are tracked, and zip codes collected. The Lighthouse is in the heart of downtown and serves to drive the visitors to support our local businesses. The City of Port Isabel manages the site. 


TPP District Traffic. Annual Daily Traffic through 2021, see link below:

Average Annual Daily Traffic Count
2021, between Highway 100 & Port Road: 26,286
Average Monthly Traffic Count: 799,532
Average Annual Traffic Count: 9,594,390

Zip Code Data
Methodology. Staff at the Port Isabel Lighthouse SHS and the Visitor Center collect zip codes during open hours. Raw data available upon request.

Lighthouse Ticket Sales
Ticket sales at the Lighthouse and the Port Isabel Historical Museum are tracked by age. Data is available upon request. This is helpful to gauge traffic trends to Port Isabel's business district.

Port Isabel EDC
The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation seeks partnerships with new, relocating or existing businesses through a Revolving Loan Program and other small grant opportunities. For more information, click on this link to tell us a little bit about your business.

Port Isabel Demographics
More information about Port Isabel, Texas:

About the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation

The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation (PIEDC) is a non-profit 4B corporation governed by a Board of Directors and operated under the direction of the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation Director and Administrator.

Project Funding

PIEDC utilizes half of 1% from the local sales tax which is then committed to funding projects and initiatives for the City of Port Isabel’s Economic Development benefit. Because of the tourism nature of our community and region, in addition to workforce training and business incentives, the PIEDC has flexibility to contribute to projects that enhance the aesthetic and cultural value of our City such as:

  • Shop DisplayCommunity Events
  • Festivals
  • Museum Enhancements
  • Promotion
  • Lighthouse State Historic Site support


The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation has been a catalyst for local economic development for over two decades. In response to an ever-changing environment, it is now our mission to foster small business development and job creation throughout Port Isabel.


Pink Bird FlyingThe Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation serves as a facilitator for businesses to utilize every resource available while keeping the growth and prosperity of the local economy in mind. Opportunity abounds in Port Isabel. With a winning combination that includes affordable coastal real estate, Federal incentives, an available workforce and a friendly regulatory environment, the business climate of Port Isabel has become superior to many cities throughout the nation.

Local Partnerships

People Watching SailboatRecognizing that economic prosperity is a collective effort, the PIEDC takes great pride in the local partnerships that make it happen. We attribute much of Port Isabel’s success to business and local government leaders that come together using sound judgment to promote and lead our community in the right direction. Through a partnership between the PIEDC and City of Port Isabel, visitors can utilize the Port Isabel Visitors Center, located in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage as a one-stop resource for not only visitors but also the growing business community. 

Additional Information

SunsetThe Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation provides a proactive visionary attitude toward business development, retention and our local quality of life. We are certain you will find Port Isabel a great place to be. PIEDC is here for you. Please feel free to call our office at 956-943-2682 and ask about doing business in Port Isabel. PIEDC and City staff will be happy to help you get started in paradise.