GSMP Reports_ Newsletter from the Greater San Marcos Partnership - Keeping you current with economic development news from the heart of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor in the Greater San Marcos region.
 ~ March 8, 2017 ~


SXSW? We're turning the attention South of SX this year!

This is an exciting time to be in the Austin and San Marcos region. In my years here in the area, I've always had a sense of spring coming with the crisp new air that blows through bringing in the SXSW vibe. From the tech innovators to the movie makers, angel investors to music dreamers, the hundreds of thousands of registered attendees of the globally recognized conference and festival will all be on our doorstep next week. 

If you're out and about experiencing SXSW, we hope you'll stop by the TXST Innovation Lab and the GSMP booth at the Interactive Trade Show. We ask that you help us tell the Greater San Marcos story during SXSW using #SouthofSX.

Speaking of innovation, by now you may have noticed our new website! We are proud of the new look and usability of the site and expect it to become a major source of lead generation and marketing for us going forward. Please send us any edits - we strive to be the best but we admit we're human and somethings may need a tweak. 

Thank you for your continued support and please continue to let me or anyone on our team know how we can be of assistance to you. 

Onward & upward!

Adriana Cruz
T: 512.393.3402
sofsx2017 South By Southwest:
We're bringing the #SouthofSX to SXSW!
Team GSMP and our regional partners are heading to SXSW to share the Greater San Marcos story to the global attendees visiting SXSW. Last year, nearly 140,000 attendees were registered to attend SXSW. Now in its 31st year, the festival and conference supports local employment and helps attract innovative companies across a myriad of industries, which can create middle and high skilled jobs. 

Keep up with us using #SouthofSX!

Texas State University Innovation Lab
Sun., March 12 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | The W Austin - Ballroom
Open to all Interactive and Platinum badge holders.

Please join us at the Texas State University Innovation Lab and Reception @ SXSW Interactive Festival. Get an exclusive look at game-changing technology created by our inspired student inventors! You'll also see how our corporate partners are helping to take these new ideas to the marketplace. From biometric authentication and virtual reality to recyclable fabric and apps to help resolve child obesity issues, Texas State student research is solving real-world problems. 


Interactive Trade Show
Sun., March 12 to Wed., March 15 | Austin Convention Center | Booths 344/346
Open to all badge holders.

Greater San Marcos is coming to the SXSW Interactive Trade Show to promote the charm and innovation happening just a short drive south of the conference. The Interactive Trade Show highlights the overlap between SXSW's converging industries of tech, music and film, hosting a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors - from promising startups to established industry leaders.

The #SouthofSX booth by Team GSMP will showcase our region including the City of San Marcos, City of Kyle, and City of Lockhart. We'll also have one of the Texas State Student Innovation Lab teams on hand showing their new biometric tool that tracks the user's unique eye movements to provide better digital security than passwords or even fingerprint IDs.

Paratus wins Dick Burdick Award:
2017 Innovation Summit

Paratus Diagnostics, LLC, an early stage company that develops point-of-care diagnostic solutions to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, has received the 2017 Dick Burdick Award for Innovation. 

This award is the only one of its kind in the region that recognizes companies behind disruptive technologies guiding the 21st century. 

Paratus Diagnostics, LLC is an organized Texas based early stage company founded in 2012 by Dr. John C. Carrano, and currently employs 16 full-time staff members. The company is headquartered in San Marcos, Texas, in state-of-the-art research and business incubator, STAR One. It leases 4,200 square feet of laboratory and office space, including BSL-2 certified space.

Check out photos from the 2017 Greater San Marcos Innovation Summit on our Facebook page!
Community Engagement: Cottage Kitchen Friday Lunch and Great Texas River Clean Up

Two of our favorite opportunities each year is hosting the Friday Lunch at Cottage Kitchen, which benefits The Heritage Association of San Marcos, and the Annual Great Texas River Clean Up. 

Last Friday, Team GSMP hosted a community tradition, the Friday Lunch at Cottage Kitchen. A big thank you to our partners, Palmer's Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard, and Root Cellar Cafe & Brewery, for once again helping us to provide a great meal! We couldn't do it without our much appreciated volunteers, Olivia Juarez-Reid (Wells Fargo), Caren Williams-Murch (Trace/Highpointe Communities), and John Schott (Frost Bank). With everyone's support, we were able to host 74 guests last Friday! 

Then on Saturday, Team GSMP sponsored the Annual Great Texas River Clean Up. It's always a pleasure to take care of this beautiful natural asset that makes our community such a great place to live. Thanks to the City of San Marcos for their leadership of the clean up!

Site Selection Magazine: Texas Wins Governor's Cup
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims his third Governor's Cup for 642 qualified projects in 2016. This is the Lone Star State's fifth consecutive cup win. Texas' winning streak began when it wrested first place from Ohio in 2009. Including for its 515 projects in 2016, the Buckeye State has placed second in total projects ever since.

Site Selection Magazine's Annual Governor's Cup reflects yearly project totals as tracked by the Conway Projects Database. Qualifying projects must meet one or more of these criteria for inclusion in the database: a minimum capital investment of $1 million, 20 or more new jobs created, and 20,000 or more square feet of new space.

Join Us: Ace Relocation Systems Grand Opening & Open House

You're invited to celebrate the grand opening of Ace Relocations System benefitting San March School Fuel! 

Featuring performances by Manzy Lowry, Mark Jungers, and Shad Blair, and a big BBQ dinner.

Come out to support this great business in our community and enjoy a great time! 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm | 
2312 South Old Bastrop Highway

Lockhart's 2017 Cowtown Sip, Stroll & Art Walk

On Saturday, April 1, head over to Lockhart for their annual Cowtown Sip, Stroll & Art Walk in the historic downtown. The 2017 event features Texas Vineyards, original art, delicious Texas cuisine, family activities, and a special live music tribute to Aaron Allen with Adam Carroll.

Purchase your tickets at Lockhart City Hall!
Hello Team GSMP: 
Adriana Cruz, President

Hello Team GSMP is a monthly series on our blog where you get to know about members of our team beyond what's on our resumes. 

This month, we sat down with President Adriana Cruz, who has lead GSMP since June of 2013.

April Cruz in for Coffee 
@ Elevate Bar+Table

GSMP President Adriana Cruz invites you to "Cruz in for Coffee" to talk about economic development topics important to you! This month, we'll be at a very special location, Elevate Table+Bar. 

They're opening their doors just for us and you're invited! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for our special guest announcement coming soon!

When: Friday, April 7 | 8 - 9 AM | No registration required!
Where: Elevate Bar+Table (407 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos)
By the Numbers
Who's looking at our region? Take a look at the leads we've received this year, categorized by industry sector. Click on image or on the button below to view a larger version of the chart.
Regional Business Spotlight:
ColorMix Printing & Graphics

ColorMix Graphics & Printing is proud to be the gold standard in comprehensive printing services. 

They offer high quality large format graphics, screen-printing, offset printing and promotional products. 

Their goal is to be an extension of your business by providing diversified products under the project management and quality control of ColorMix.
GSMP Investors in the News

The work of GSMP to grow our regional economy is made possible by the generous support from public and private sector investors. These investors are hard at work everyday to make the Greater San Marcos region the economic center in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor. 

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