Data Analysis and Transparency Division Services

Data Analysis & Transparency Division (DAT) provides economic development and technical assistance to local governments, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and the public on a wide range of subjects including tax programs and incentive support, job creation initiatives, economic impact analysis, financial transparency, limiting financial exposure, and purchasing efficiencies.

DAT operates as a support center for local governments and economic development entities with the objective of government efficiency and economic growth. The division serves as a turn-key information source supplying detailed economic data and analysis, sharing best practices and providing direct assistance to local governments.

The DAT division provides local government officials and economic developers with a team of analysts that can provide technical assistance on a wide variety of issues related to state law, financial management, and federal, state and local economics. An analyst can provide answers or a source of information on topics such as:

  • community reinvestment and related state agency programs and strategies;
  • economic impact analysis (e.g., modeling the impact of changes in business contractions and expansions, investments, tax and regulatory policies);
  • economic Incentives;
  • internal accounting controls;
  • local sales tax options (e.g.: Type A/B, venue tax, municipal tax, and other options for economic development and infrastructural projects);
  • officials' legal duties and responsibilities;
  • state and local economic data;
  • state expenditures by county; and
  • appraised value limitation and tax credits (e.g., Chapter 313).
  • reinvestment zones (Chapter 311) & Tax Increment Finance
  • property tax abatements (Chapter 312)

Analysts can be reached toll free at 844-519-5672.

DAT also offers:

  • presentations and regional workshops on a variety of topics including local sales tax options and financial management practices;
  • guidance and best practice recommendations to local governments regarding financial transparency; and
  • resources, information, tutorials and data available online.

Regional Economic Data

The Comptroller's Regional Economic Data provides economic data for 12 regions across Texas. Each snapshot tracks regional trends in population growth, personal income, jobs and wages, and education. The snapshots also highlight issues of particular focus to individual regions such as health care access, income inequality and economic development.

DAT Publications and Reports

DAT publishes downloadable informational brochures and publications on a broad range of topics including:


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the material on this page, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division.