Jobs, Energy, Technology and Innovation Act (JETI)
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is not authorized to accept applications until January 2024.
What if a project is in more than one county?
If an eligible project is located in more than one county, the jobs and investment requirement is determined using the county with the smallest population. [Statute §403.604 (e)]
What types of jobs are required to be created as part of this program?
Permanent, full-time positions employed by the applicant, independent contractor or their employees are considered required jobs. Construction jobs are not included.
An applicant commits to create or demonstrate jobs that meet the following requirements:
must be a new full-time job in Texas;
must be performed at the site of the project by an employee hired by the applicant (including a Texans Work Program trainee under Labor Code, Chapter 308), or by an independent contractor or independent contractor's employee;
must require at least 1,600 hours of work a year;
may not be transferred from an existing facility or location in Texas unless the applicant fills the vacancy caused by the transfer;
may not create a job to replace an existing job, unless the applicant fills the vacancy caused by the replacement;
must offer and contribute to a group health benefit plan for each full-time employee of the applicant; and
must meet the wage requirement.
Are construction jobs and job trainees allowed to count as required jobs?
Construction jobs are jobs that are temporary in nature, typically performed on a full-time basis and take place before the eligible project's incentive period. These jobs do not count as required jobs.
Trainees count if the individual is enrolled in the Texans Work Program and fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
receives a minimum monthly payment of $300;
is engaged for a duration of at least 6 months but not exceeding one year;
contributes at least 30 hours weekly; and
constitutes no more than 20% of the employer's total workforce.
What types of projects are eligible?
All manufacturing projects and dispatchable electric generation facilities are eligible. Some water-related projects are eligible as are research and development facilities. All eligible activities have a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned.