In 1988 Gonzales was awarded official Main Street Status and is recognized as a National Main Street City. Over the years Gonzales has invested over $12 million dollars in economic development and restructuring of downtown. Gonzales Economic Development Corporation and Main Street have partnered to award grants and opportunities for businesses in the downtown area and there are still many opportunities for growth and new commerce development.
Gonzales is also home to a well established, growing industrial park. The industrial park is currently home to companies such as Adams Extract, Buddy’s Natural Chicken, Tyson Foods, Texas Trampoline and many other new trucking and manufacturing businesses.