Economic Development


 The Balcones Heights City Council adopted a new Business Retention Policy during its June 22, 2020 City Council meeting.

The new policy is designed to provide assistance to businesses that have operated a bricks and mortar business in Balcones Heights for at least six months. The policy includes a provision that allows the City to award grants that provide assistance in emergency situations.   The policy reads, in part:

  “Business retention grants may be awarded to offset emergency circumstances suffered by an individual business operator and/or property. Emergencies may include natural disaster, or other circumstances that may significantly interfere with the business operator to maintain normal business operations.  Emergency Relief Grants will be awarded/approved by City Council and administered by staff.“

Following the adoption of the Business Retention Policy, City Council approved a COVID-19 Business Relief Grant programThe City’s current fiscal year budget has allotted $20,000 for business grants.  That funding will be used to fund the business relief grants.  Individual grants to businesses will not exceed $2,500. You must EMAIL completed Application to Mr. Lorenzo Nastasi, Director of Economic Development & Publlic Affairs by 12:00 Noon on Friday, July 31, 2020.  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Mr. Nastasi by email or call 210-957-2991.  

Please click on the following link for the Guidelines and the Application:

COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program GUIDELINES

COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program APPLICATION

COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program RESOLUTION




Balcones Heights: The Miracle Mile!

We may be small, but we are mighty.  The City may be only 0.7 square miles, but what we offer our businesses and residents a strategic location, a small and responsive government and emergency services, and transportation options for you and your workforce.  We are re-inventing ourselves and have re-development opportunities.  More importantly, we have location!

Close To Everything

Located on the Northwest side of San Antonio at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 410, Balcones Heights puts you minutes from San Antonio’s most popular attractions, universities, primary employers – Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the River Walk, The Alamo, South Texas Medical Center, San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio’s finest shopping, the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary's University, Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word, Port San Antonio, USAA, NuStar, Valero, H-E-B, Cullen/Frost Bankers, Rackspace, Southwest Research Institute, Toyota, and iHeart Communications.

Location, Location, Location!  Balcones Heights’ location between downtown and the South Texas Medical Center is a primary reason VIA Metropolitan Transit System opted to construct the first phase of its new Bus Rapid Transit system--Primo--directly through Balcones Heights and why TransGuide, TXDOT’s Intelligent Transportation System, is located in San Antonio Central - Balcones Heights.  Balcones Heights’ transit convenience is rooted in history. Fredericksburg Road, the heart of Balcones Heights, comprises part of the historic Old Spanish Trail.    

In addition to its central location, all-suite hotels, and convenient on-site value shopping, Balcones Heights holds many distinctions. The "city within a city" is home to Dave & Buster's entertainment complex, the Methodist TexSan Hospital, Simi's Indian Cuisine--the oldest Indian restaurant in San Antonio, Santikos' Bijou Cinema Café, host to Texas Public Radio’s Cinema Tuesdays, the TPR Cinema Winter Series and the San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, the annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival.

Balcones Heights – San Antonio Central – puts the best of San Antonio within minutes. By locating your corporate headquarters or business to Balcones Heights, you position yourself strategically inside San Antonio with great dining, retail, and transportation options available. We look forward to discussing how we can make miracles happen for your and your company.  Balcones Heights:  the Miracle Mile.

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For more information, please contact us:

Lorenzo Nastasi
Director of Economic Development and Public Affairs

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