Tyler is America’s Rose Capital, home of the annual Texas Rose Festival and one of Livability.com’s Top 10 Gardens to Inspire. We are also proud to host a breathtaking Azalea and Spring Flower Trail each year when Spring rolls around, as well as a myriad of other special events throughout the year.
Located 95 miles east of Dallas, Tyler is the advanced healthcare and retail center of East Texas, as well as Texas’ first Certified Retirement City. The city has an impressive youth recreation program, ballet, symphony orchestras, art galleries and museums museums and is also home to several colleges. Known for its rich history, Tyler boasts a large number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Still more locations are Texas and locally designated landmarks.
As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher education students, a College of Engineering, and a University Health Science Center, two regional, billion-dollar hospital systems, and a variety of technology startups. Downtown Tyler also boasts a nationally recognized children's science museum, co-work space and a cutting-edge maker space known as the Innovation Pipeline.
At the historic and cultural center of Tyler, Downtown boasts brick streets alongside beautifully restored historic properties juxtaposed with contemporary architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. On weekdays, downtown is home to a professional workforce in the legal, government and service industries, as well as remarkable locally owned restaurants, bars and breweries. Liberty Hall, a beautifully renovated Art Deco theater, is home to everything from concerts to classic movies and more. Gallery Main Street holds a new juried fine art exhibit every six to eight weeks and is open to the public free six days a week.
Add to that list five museums, botanical gardens, government seats, public spaces and more, and you have a wonderful location for your business or development.
Working in partnership with business owners, property owners, major institutions, government partners, residents and others, the City of Tyler Main Street Department seeks out projects that encourage the continuing revitalization of the historic heart of the community. We have a unique, positive and productive working partnership with our non-profit partner, Heart of Tyler Inc., which serves as the City of Tyler's advisory board on matters related to downtown revitalization.
Projects include architectural design assistance, historic preservation assistance, a facade grant program, business consultation, development of the arts in Downtown Tyler and more. Volunteers work with staff to produce special events in the downtown area, including the Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl, arts events on the square, original art exhibits at Gallery Main Street, arts workshops, the Downtown Tyler Film Festival and more.
To date, revitalization efforts have resulted in nearly $300 million in reinvestment in Downtown Tyler in terms of private-sector property purchases and property renovations in addition to public-sector projects. Downtown Tyler is also the proud recipient of 24 awards for downtown revitalization excellence through the Texas Downtown Association's President's Awards program.
Incentives and services are available and normally negotiated on a case-by-case basis.