Manufacturers from three industry groups will meet in San Marcos next month for the inaugural 2012 Texas Manufacturers Summit.
The event, slated for Feb. 14-15, will involve learning and networking sessions at the San Marcos Convention Center. With manufacturers struggling to find skilled workers, the conference is also intended to shed light on this issue and help manufacturers respond to the problem.
The San Marcos Manufacturers Association, the Texas Association of Manufacturers, and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center are hosting the summit.
The summit is also intended as an opportunity to celebrate SMMA’s 30 years of service to the San Marcos manufacturing community.
“This is a great opportunity for economic development boards and staff, city and county officials, and others who serve this industry segment, to school-up on the future of manufacturing in Texas and beyond,” said Amy Madison, president and CEO of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, a local economic development corporation and one of the event’s sponsors.
Madison said the manufacturing sector has historically been a primary source for middle-class jobs, especially for workers without college degrees. She saidhe sector has also employed an extremely large number of highly-educated workers in engineering, chemistry, high-tech and aerospace fields.
Those who wish to register for the summit may visit www.txmanufacturerssummit.com. Those who wish to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor may contact Angie Rhem at (512) 358-1000 ext. 211. The summit is presented by ExxonMobil and sponsored by TMAC, ANGA (America’s Natural Gas Alliance), Goodrich, C-FAN, Chesapeake Energy, Lockheed Martin, Gary Job Corps, Heldenfels Enterprises, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Thermon, and the Greater San Marcos Partnership.Email | Print
While this story doesn’t say a lot, it speaks volumes for one of the city’s primary ills, the lack of good jobs for middle-income workers, those who will buy homes and contribute to the full development of our community. I am among those concerned about the Sessoms development and the proliferation of apartment construction in the city, when, in my opinion and those of many community leaders, we need nice single-family home development that will attract families who will invest their time and energy into a stronger San Marcos community. We need a community college to help in this endeavor and other economic forces that aren’t relying solely on the transitory student communities who live in apartments and attend Texas State. Welcome to the group, and I hope San Marcos becomes a community that meets your needs.
Better jobs would also mean that more students would see this as a long-term home, more students would work with non-students, and student/non-student relations would likely be better.
Kate, you just might have a point, except for the community college thing, and the taxes that they bring to the single family neighborhoods.