Steve Bowden, Executive Director of Economic Development

Steve Bowden
Executive Director of
Economic Development 

Economic Development strives is to maintain a high quality of life in Hurst by promoting the efficient and orderly development of private properties and encouraging the growth of business and enhancement of property values within the community. The Economic Development staff is available to work with the business community on projects of all sizes to promote those goals.

Hurst desires to develop programs to retain, expand, and attract business to the City. Toward that end staff coordinates activities in conjunction with civic and public groups including the Chamber of Commerce, school districts, regional and state agencies, as well as elected city officials.

Hurst Economic Development Website

The Hurst Economic Development site includes demographics, traffic counts, zoning and maps specific to the development community. In addition, available properties and lease spaces, known as the Top Ten Hot Spots can be found.

Want to open a business in Hurst? If so, reading this page may help get you started.

Economic Development News - July 2017

It is nice to live in an area that people like and is attractive to residents and visitors. Hurst is one of those cities. Many new families not living in Hurst, want to be here. According to, a popular national “homes for sale” search engine, six of the top 10 cities in the country most often “clicked on” when potential home buyers search for a new home, are in Texas. The top three are Waco, Carrolton and Hurst! And it worked for some as 626 new families moved to Hurst last year and purchased their homes at an average sales price of $207k which represented a 10% increase in value over the year before. Each month  North Texas Real Estate Services distributes an existing home sales activity report and of the 14 Mid-Cities, Hurst is usually third in the number of homes sold each month. More new families are moving to Hurst thru the purchase of existing single family residences (not new construction) than Southlake, Grapevine, Bedford and Euless. Already thru the first five months of 2017, 264 homes have been sold in Hurst at an average sales price of $230k or 11% higher value than 2016. This is even more remarkable when considering the limited inventory of homes for sale in Hurst.

The City of Hurst recently hired a consultant that worked with City staff to create a Redevelopment Plan for the City that included considerable analysis of what homeowners, home builders and the City does well with our neighborhoods and what we can improve on. Feel free to review the study and see how you might be able to help your neighborhood and City by going to A housing survey of Hurst residents was done as a part of the study as well and the top four reasons selected by citizens for what they considered to be the best attributes of living in Hurst were 1) its central location 2) its quality parks and city facilities 3) the value of housing-affordability 4) the quality school system.

98% of the land in our 10 square mile city is occupied by a business or a home. Very little land remains undeveloped making the ability to add new residential subdivisions extremely limited. But because the area is so popular and demand is so high, home builders are willing to build on small in-fill parcels and or try and assemble vacant land parcels together. We are excited that three such areas are under construction now where there are new small subdivisions being created. They include:

Royal Residency Estates…10 homes…valued at $175k to $225k ea…Pecan and Brown Trail
Melbourne Place…18 homes…valued at +$400k ea…Hurst Blvd. and Melbourne
Sandstone Cove…30 homes…valued at +$450k ea…Hurstview and Heneretta

It is nice to live where people want to be!

For more information on the Economic Development opportunities in the City of Hurst contact Steve Bowden at 817.788.7025, or visit

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