Economic Development San Marcos (EDSM) is partnering with several local entities to deliver a long-term strategic community and economic development plan for the Greater San Marcos Area.
“Our desire is to create a strong stakeholder partnership for economic development,” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “One that will work together to develop long-term strategies to help our community grow and prosper.”
Continued Narvaiz, “With this great partnership, we have exceeded our expectations.”
Partners for Progress contributed funding earlier this year to work with the City of San Marcos and hire Market Street Services, Inc., a community and economic development consulting firm, based in Atlanta, GA.
Partners for Progress is a regional group that includes the City of San Marcos, EDSM, The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC), Hays and Caldwell Counties, the City of Luling, Texas State, Prime Outlets, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), San Marcos CISD and Gary Job Corps.
The firm recently conducted a series of focus groups and individual interviews with more than 150 local business, government, education and civic leaders.
Residents who reside in the Greater San Marcos area can also provide feedback through an online survey. The link to the survey is in the upper left-hand corner of the site.
“Virtually every community across the country is facing a challenging economy,” said Market Street CEO Mac Holladay. “However, today’s uncertainly should not prevent local economic developers from planning for the future.”
Continued Holladay, “The timing of this process is essential for Greater San Marcos to build its capacity to move its economy forward.”
The results of the survey, combined with demographic and market data, competitive assessment findings, a target business analysis and a workforce assessment, will be used to develop San Marcos’ first comprehensive economic development plan.