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January 14th, 2012
‘Core 4’ meet to establish common goals

Front, left to right: Denise Trauth, Debbie Ingalsbe, Laurie Moyer, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero. Back row, left to right: David Chiu, Mark Eads, Lon Shell, Eugene Bourgeois, Will Conley, Jim Nuse and Herb Marlowe. PHOTO by DON ANDERS


Officials representing four of the largest public entities based in San Marcos met this week to discuss mutual values, goals and to establish work groups on key issues.

The entities, known collectively as “Core 4,” include the City of San Marcos, Hays County, San Marcos CISD, and Texas State University.

“As in the past, these institutions will provide the foundation of services to our community in the decades to come,” said San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “Understanding the core values of our community, the primary challenges we face and developing shared strategies will help us move forward into the future more effectively.”

The Core 4 group agreed to create short-term work groups to develop collaborative strategies to address each of the following overlapping initiatives:

• Education and Workforce Development
• Economic Infrastructure
• Place and Community Character

Reports on the three initiatives will be developed in the next six to nine months.

According to the San Marcos City Manager’s Office, educational issues will be addressed by focusing on a comprehensive approach to Pre-K and workforce readiness and developing strategies for long-term quality improvements. Economic infrastructure will focus on the San Marcos Municipal Airport, transportation, and facilitating job creation and economic development.

The “place and community character” initiative will address access to safe and stable neighborhoods, housing, family wage jobs, community amenities and enhancing the unique San Marcos identity. The Core 4 work group will identify strategies for improving downtown, the San Marcos River, and the relationship between long-term San Marcos residents and Texas State University. The initiative will also address the city’s impending Comprehensive Plan update.

According to the city manager’s office, the Core 4 meeting was a product of the city’s visioning process started last fall to gather residents’ views about community values and dreams for the future. The city hired Analytica consultant Herb Marlowe to facilitate the visioning process. The Core 4 group discussed the results of Marlowe’s recent work.

Participants in the Core 4 meeting included Guerrero, Texas State University President Denise Trauth, San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees President David Chiu, Hays County Commissioners Debbie Ingalsbe and Will Conley, Texas State University Provost Gene Bourgeois, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads, San Marcos City Manager Jim Nuse, San Marcos Assistant City Manager Laurie Moyer, and Hays County Judge Chief of Staff Lon Shell.

“San Marcos has tremendous assets and can become a community of choice in Central Texas,” Guerrero said. “We are excited to bring the Core 4 together in a process that will help us collaborate and contribute to the future of our community.”

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5 thoughts on “‘Core 4’ meet to establish common goals

  1. Good morning to you successful leaders if you happen to be here reading about yourselves. While I have your attention, I’d like to suggest you all put your heads together and find a way to fund the reconstruction of LBJ from Sessoms to Holland. That road would embarrass a third-world country.

    I would argue the majority of traffic on that road is TxState related and by its proximity is a direct reflection on the campus. Given those points I think it’s only fitting the University pony-up and participate with the city to get that road rebuilt with decent sidewalks.

    We often hear laments over the unwillingness of property owners to maintain their rental property. Why should they when the city demonstrates that they are equally as uncaring?

    I know this is probably an EXTREMELY expensive project with utility relocation, new storm sewer, pollution control, curb, gutter and sidewalks. But this project is long past due. So, if you ever finish Rio Vista, please consider this as your next “project from Hell” and let’s add some value to this fragile neighborhood.

  2. I believe that work is already budgeted for, and scheduled (loosely). I can’t remember all of the details anymore, though. There will be sidewalks and bike lanes, if I recall correctly.

  3. I’ve been hearing that LBJ work is “scheduled” for at least 10 years. I happened to be walking it last night and recalled this article with all these influential people. I decided to hijack this thread on the chance they would be tuning in to read the article.

    It really is a miracle we don’t have more vehicle/pedestrian accidents on that stretch.

  4. Well, the schedule goes out 10 years, so that is possible. I believe it is on the near-term schedule. It is easy enough to confirm. I believe it was funded, as of 2009.

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