Economic Development

Be the Heart of Rockdale!

Rockdale is undergoing a Revitalization and offers the perfect time for you to launch your business.

Click here to learn about Rockdale’s Revitalization Projects and Available Properties.

Rockdale is located at the cross roads of Highway 79 and Highway 77, offering easy access to every major metropolitan area in Texas.  Over 16,000 vehicles per day travel the Highway 79 corridor through the heart of our city.

With a variety of properties in the heart of our Historic Downtown, in our West End Commercial District, and in our Industrial Complex -- Rockdale has development opportunities for every type of business.

The City of Rockdale is actively seeking businesses such as:

  • Boutique Brick & Mortar and Online Retailers 
  • Restaurants & Bakeries
  • Artisan Food & Beverage Producers
  • Breweries
  • Wineries and/or Wine Boutiques
  • Distilleries
  • Artists seeking Production & Gallery Space
  • Consumer Service Businesses
  • Industrial 
  • Construction 
  • Textiles
  • Distribution Centers
  • Call Centers

Municipal Development District

The Rockdale Municipal Development District can assist in the acquisition of land or construction expenses associated with a new business venture that creates primary jobs as well as help with incentives and grants for your business.


The City of Rockdale offers economic development incentives to prospective businesses including:


Rockdale Fast Facts

According to the 2010 Census
Rockdale’s population is 5,595
Milam County’s population is 24,757 

Distance to Large Cities

  • Austin - 50 miles
  • College Station - 50 miles
  • Dallas - 165 miles
  • Houston - 115 miles
  • San Antonio - 145 miles
  • Temple - 37 miles
  • Waco - 60 miles

Colleges / Universities Near Rockdale

Tax Rates (cents per $100 valuation)

City of Rockdale - $0.9074
Milam County - $0.730
Rockdale ISD - $1.318350
Rockdale Hospital District - $0.065
Total - $3.0387