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.
 ~ May 10, 2017 ~


Just in time for our annual Economic Outlook next Thursday, May 18, I'm thrilled to say
the future's so bright here in the Greater San Marcos region!
We were proud to announce last week Urban Mining Company's new headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility coming to San Marcos. The company will serve as the anchor tenant of what will become a 100-acre industrial park. Another recent relocation, Coast Flight Training, will cut the ribbon on its new facility at the San Marcos Regional Airport later this month.
This week, Kyle celebrated the groundbreaking of Austin Community College's Hays Campus Phase II expansion. This will include a first responder program; further strengthening Kyle's reputation as a healthcare hub. We were also generously welcomed by The Texas Pie Company in Kyle for May's Cruz in for Coffee. I happen to love pie so this was a great treat! (Who says pie isn't a breakfast food?) We support Kyle's efforts to officially become the Pie Capital of Texas!
Also Lockhart just announced a new employer, Benny Boyd Auto, bringing 35 new high-paying jobs to the city. We're also delighted to once again sponsor the Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart in June. If you're in town, I recommend coming out for the some great music and festivities.
International partnerships bring tremendous value to our area's economy and GSMP has recently hosted a number of events and delegations here in the region, including representatives from the European Union, Mexico, Canada, and many more. These partnerships will hopefully open doors for Texas State students to study and work abroad, encourage international companies and investors to bolster the area's economy, and help our local companies grow their business through more exporting to new markets.
Please join us on May 18th for the Economic Outlook, our annual Signature Event, where we look at the future of our regional economy. This year our focus will be on our region's talent development. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your continued support of the GSMP team and mission. Please let me or the team know if there's anything we can do for you.

Onward & upward!

Adriana Cruz
T: 512.393.3402
New HQ for San Marcos:
Urban Mining Company to Open New State-of-the-Art Facility
Last month, GSMP announced that Urban Mining Company has selected San Marcos, Texas as the location of its new, state-of-the-art rare earth magnet manufacturing facility and headquarters.
The 100,000 square foot facility will be constructed on 10 acres and adds more than 100 advanced manufacturing and technology jobs to San Marcos and Hays County over the terms of the agreements. 

We commend the San Marcos City Council and Hays County Commissioners for their work to secure jobs and investment for the community.


Shabaka Gibson, Senior VP of Ady Advantage
Three Reasons Why You Can't Miss
the 2017 Economic Outlook event

2017 Greater San Marcos Economic Outlook
Presented by Wells Fargo

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 11 am to 1 pm
Embassy Suites San Marcos Conference Center

Don't miss the Economic Outlook on May 18th, the region's premier event forecasting the future for the regional economy. Here's why:
  • Jobs are changing and communities around the U.S. are working to keep their residents learning new skills for the jobs of tomorrow. Our Keynote Speaker tells us how.
  • In the rapidly growing Austin-San Antonio region, we have diverse workforce development institutions working to prepare our workforce for future jobs. Our panel discusses what their institutions are doing locally.
  • With an expected 350 attendees, coming from all over the Austin-San Antonio region, ranging from engineers and real estate developers to professors and elected officials, the networking will be excellent.

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, don't wait until it's too late.

International Connections:
Texas-EU Business Summit

The Texas-EU Business Summit, which took place yesterday, is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe. 

Adriana Cruz emcees the summit each year, which provides an overview of trade and expansion business opportunities in Europe as well as information and connections to make the most of those opportunities. We were also honored to host the delegation reception in San Marcos at Texas State University the evening before the summit. 

Texas-Mexico Summit

Mexican and American CEOs, entrepreneurs & business leaders, as well as high ranking government officials came together last week in the capital of the Lone Star state to strengthen the binational relationship between Mexico and USA, with a special emphasis in Texas, to promote cross border business growth and to incentivize trade and mutual cooperation through AEM's global leadership. 

Adriana Cruz had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on Strategic Importance of Mexico to Texas Trade & Economy.
BIZtalks: Business Success Stories
"My idea of a perfect world really can't be designed by one person or even by a million experts. It's going to be 7 billion pairs of hands, each following their own passions." -- Jay Silver, TedSalon NY2013

Team GSMP is excited to announce a new event series launching in June! In the spirit of the famous Ted Talks program, BIZtalks will feature experts in their fields giving talks for area business owners about resources and experiences for growth. 

Join us on June 21st at the LBJ Museum from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for BIZtalks: Show me the funding -- Venture Capital with George Steinke, CEO of San Marcos-based startup SioTex. 

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Future's So Bright:
San Marcos: Voters Approve Bonds

Voters took to the polls to vote on bonds for the City of San Marcos and San Marcos Consolidate Independent School District on May 6, ultimately approving all of the proposed packages. 

These bonds include funding $17.45 million of projects for public safety enhancements and a $14.75 million library expansion for San Marcos, as well as a $107.3 million bond to go towards growing and improving schools within the San Marcos CISD district. 

Kyle: Austin Community Breaks Ground on Hays Campus Phase II

ACC Hays Campus in Kyle, which opened in 2014, enrolls nearly 1,700 students in transferable core curriculum courses, college-readiness classes, the Pathway Program (co-enrollment with Texas State University), and offers degrees in criminal justice, computer information technology, and office administration.

Phase II of the campus is a result of the 2014 Bond Program, which funds the construction of a first-responders center that will prepare students for critical jobs in law enforcement and emergency medical services. As the region's primary trainer of first responders, ACC plays an essential role in keeping our communities safe and healthy.

Time to Roundup & Rodeo:
45th Annual Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart Next Month

CTR is Lockhart's largest annual festival and tourism event, now celebrating its 45th year. CTR also features a full event rodeo. 

Festivities begin on June 2 & 3 with the 'BBQ Capital of Texas' Championship & Chili Cook-Off. The following Wednesday, June 7, there is a Cowboy Breakfast around a Chuck Wagon on the Courthouse square. 
The fun skyrockets on Thursday, June 8, through Saturday, June 10, when the event goes to the Lockhart City Park where there is a Carnival, full event Rodeo, Queen's Court Coronation, Awesome Auction, food & craft vendors, and live music on two stages. The Grand Parade on Saturday morning is a must see!

Learn more here >>

Hello Team GSMP: 
Victor Garza

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 Victor Garza JD CEcD, Director of Existing Business, Talent & Entrepreneurship, who joined the team in 2014.
View Victor's blog post here >>
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:
The Marc

The Marc is an award-winning live-music venue boasting state-of-the-art stage production. 

Featuring a wide array of music, artists like San Marcos natives Blue October, country legend The Randy Rodgers Band, and many more frequently play concerts on stage.
The historical building is located in the heart of downtown San Marcos, TX, home of the Texas State Bobcats. The historic San Marcos Square is one of the oldest recognized Main Streets in Texas and has been nationally ranked for its beauty and charm. 
Click here to see what bands are playing soon >>

GSMP Investor 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. 
  • Walton Development & Management and Avison Young Business/Industrial Park, Centerpark San Marcos, has launched its new website,
  • The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural State of the City event last week. Check out #SMTXStateoftheCity.
Upcoming Opportunities for Engagement

5/13: City of San Marcos Community Clean Up
8:00 a.m. | 750 River Road

11:00 a.m. | Embassy Suites

1:00 p.m. | 1837 Airport Drive

6/2: Cruz in for Coffee
8:00 a.m. | Root Cellar Bakery
No Registration Required!

5:00 p.m. | 6469 Ranch Road 12
Times Vary | Lockhart City Park

6/21: BIZtalks: Show me the funding - Venture Capital
4:00 p.m. | LBJ Museum

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