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Looking Back on 2017

  • Looking Back on 2017

  • SPCEDC Hosts Coastal Bend Economic Development Summit

    PORTLAND, TX ---

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation hosts Coastal Bend Economic Development Summit. The inclusive networking summit allowed for EDC's from Alice to Rockport, to Robstown, to brainstorm new ideas and initiatives for the Coastal Bend. 

  • SBA Economic Injury Loans Still In Place

    U.S. Small Business Administration economic injury loans available until May 25, 2018.

    Texas counties eligible for SBA disaster loans:

    Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton.

    The following contiguous Texas counties are eligible for Economic Injury Loans only:

    Angelina, Atascosa, Brooks, Burleson, Guadalupe, Houston, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Live Oak, Madison, Milam, San Augustine, Shelby, Travis, Trinity, Washington, Williamson, Wilson.

    Apply online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Register1

    Or call: 1-800-659-2955

  • SBA Harvey Physical Damage Loan Extension Ends

    PORTLAND, TX --- 


    U.S. Small Business Administration announces physical disaster loans deadline is November, 30, 2017.

    Texas counties eligible for SBA disaster loans:

    Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton.

    The following contiguous Texas counties are eligible for Economic Injury Loans only:

    Angelina, Atascosa, Brooks, Burleson, Guadalupe, Houston, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Live Oak, Madison, Milam, San Augustine, Shelby, Travis, Trinity, Washington, Williamson, Wilson.

    Apply online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Register1

    Or call: 1-800-659-2955

  • Salute to San Patricio, 2017 Annual Banquet honoring Small Business and Celebrating 25 Years of Economic Development

    PORTLAND, TX --- San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation hosted its 2017 Annual Banquet, Salute to San Patricio on November 2nd, 2017 at the Portland Community Center. 

    The 2017 Annual Banquet, Salute to San Patricio was the largest event to ever be held at the Portland Community Center. The sold-out event of 472 guests celebrated 25 years of economic development and honored the 13 oldest small businesses of San Patricio County. Award recipients included Lone Star Lumber and Hardware, Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Dairy King, Smolik's Smokehouse, Sully's Bowling Lanes, Bee Publishing, Cass Real Estate, Rogers Fine Jewelers, Aunt Aggie De's Pralines, Moore's Pharmacy, G.P. Transport, and Rialto Theater. SPCEDC thanks all San Patricio County small businesses for their commitment to their community. Keynote speaker, Suzanne Wade gave a presentation on what small business means to her. Following the awards, SPCDC held a live auction benefiting Hurricane Harvey victims. Thank you Suzanne Wade for the presentation and goody bags. Thank you to Chairman J.M. Lozano and Chairman Todd Hunter for being great auctioneers!

     Thank you to H-E-B for the Diamond Sponsorship!

    Thank you to Kiewit for the Emerald Sponsorship!

    Thank you to Gulf Coast Growth Ventures for the Emerald Sponsorship!

    Thank you to the City of Ingleside for the TWO Sapphire Sponsorships!
    Thank you to Dawson Recycling for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to AEP Texas for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to First Community Bank for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to G.P. Transport Company for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to J.M. Davidson, Inc. for the Sapphire Sponsorship!Thank you to City of Portland for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to C. C. Disposal Service for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to Refinery Terminal Fire Company for the Sapphire Sponsorship!
    Thank you to Hogan Homes for the Sapphire Sponsorship!

    Salute to San Patricio photos can be found here: http://www.bayareastudios.com/Events/2017-SPEDC/ 

  • Hurricane Harvey Live Auction Raises $13,000!!!

    PORTLAND, TX ---

    SPCEDC held a Hurricane Harvey Live Auction at the 2017 Annual Banquet on November 2, 2017. THe Live auction included prizes donated by President George W. Bush, the San Antonio Spurs, H-E-B, Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Aransas Pass, Andrews Distributing, and Citgo Refineries. Auctioneers, Chairman J.M. Lozano and Chairman Todd Hunter bid on and won signed Spurs jerseys. The two jerseys were graciously donated to SPCEDC. SPCEDC  will host a county wide contest for students of San Patricio to enter and win the jerseys. The live auction and a generous donation by keynote speaker, Suzanne Wade totaled up to $13,000.00. All of the money is being donated to United Way of the Coastal Bend and will be distributed to victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

  • SPCEDC Gives Presentation to Port of CC Comission

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX ---

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation's (SPCEDC)Executive Director Foster Edwards updated Port of CC Commission on Tuesday October 17, 2017. The presentation took place at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center in downtown Corpus Christi at the Port of Corpus Christi Commission Meeting at 8:30 a.m. The briefing focused on the SPCEDC's four main areas of work, future plans and goals for 2018. 

  • Help After Harvey Live Auction at SPCEDC Annual Banquet

  • Big Deal Breakfast Honoring Chairman J.M. Lozano



    Portland, TX ---

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation and Port of Corpus Christi Authority hosted a Big Deal Breakfast honoring Chairman J.M. Lozano. The breakfast was held at the NorthShore Country Club in Portland, Texas at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday October 11th 2017. SPCEDC membership were invited as well as elected officials from around the Coastal Bend. Chairman J.M. Lozano spoke about the rapid recovery after Harvey and commended the Port of Corpus Christi, as well as San Patricio County. Chairman of the SPCEDC Board, Steve Connor, and San Patricio County Port Commissioner, Wes Hoskins, presented Chairman J.M. Lozano with a gift commemorating the event. 

  • Salute to San Patricio SELLS OUT 30 DAYS FROM THE EVENT

    Portland, TX ---

     The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation will be raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims by hosting a live auction at the 2017 Annual Banquet. The sold out fundraising event, Salute to San Patricio, will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Community Center. 


  • What's Next? Help After Harvey


    Our hearts are with everyone affected by the major storm.

    Where to Apply:

    A FEMA Aid office / SBA Aid office has opened up in Ingleside, at the Bay Vista Shopping Center between Snap Fitness and Security Service. We know that Harvey made things hard, but applying is easy. Representatives are there to assist in every tough step of the way. Hours are 7:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.

    Where to ask health questions or get flu shots?

    • HEB Ingleside will have a FREE Flu and Tetnus Clinic open from 3-5 on September 12th, 2017.
    • Be on the lookout for Christus Spohn's Mobile Health Clinic as it drives through our area. Schedule to be posted soon.

    More information on Texas Windstorm Insurance:

    You may have seen some information in the media lately about a new law regarding insurance reforms. Despite what you may read, here are the facts:

    • The process for filing an insurance claim has not changed.
    • A claim filed with TWIA is not affected by the new law.
    • The new law does not prohibit you from taking your insurance carrier to court.
    • You may file a TWIA claim 24/7 by calling 877-281-1431.

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation staff are back in the office, and regular business hours are in place.

    Missed work because of Harvey? Apply Here:

    Unemployment assistance after the disaster is available at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance

    Thank you for your support as we continue to grow San Patricio County.

  • San Patricio County, A Federal Disaster Area, FEMA Aid Available

    Portland, TX --- Texas Governor, Greg Abbott declared parts of Texas affected by major hurricane Harvey as disaster areas, including San Patricio County. A declaration of aid was granted by President Donald Trump and FEMA Aid is now available to anyone facing a loss in San Patricio County due to the high winds and flooding over the weekend.

    If you have evacuated and are planning to return to your home, please use caution as the rainfall has caused road closures and flooding. Click here to map your route.

    To apply for FEMA Aid: Call 1(800) 621-3362 (fema), download the FEMA app or apply online at disasterassistance.gov or https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance

    The SPCEDC office remains closed until power and water are restored to Portland, Texas.

    San Patricio County water-boil advisory remains in effect. 

  • NWS Issues Hurricane Watch for TX Gulf Coast

    PORTLAND, TX. --- National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Texas Gulf Coast including San Patricio County. Tropical Depression Harvey is growing strength in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to hit Texas Gulf Coasts as a Category 1 Hurricane on Friday when it makes landfall. The citizens and visitors of San Patricio County should take precautions and ready their hurricane preparedness kits. Please monitor local news stations and / or the local NWS office. Officials recommend you review your safety plan and be ready to execute that plan, according to the local weather service: National Weather Service - Corpus Christi.

  • August Partner's Breakfast in Sinton

    SINTON, TX --- The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation held its august Partner's Breakfast in Sinton, Texas on August 16, 2017. Among the 47 attendees were Port Commissioner Wes Hoskins, Cheniere's Will Nichols, County Judge Terry Simpson and other elected officials. Executive Director of the SPCEDC gave an overview of the economy of Sinton, along with sales tax revenues of each city in the county and briefly updated on the SPCEDC prospect list. The monthly breakfast was held at Freddy's Steakhouse.

  • GCGV Extends Local Business Initiative

    Hundreds of local businesses cleared to compete for opportunities at proposed plastics plant 

    PORTLAND, TEXAS – More than 400 businesses in San Patricio, Nueces and other nearby counties successfully completed pre-screening through the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project’s Local Business Initiative. Those businesses will be included in the bid package to the project’s potential prime contractors and will receive priority consideration for work on the proposed plastics manufacturing project in San Patricio County.

    Due to overwhelming interest from local businesses, the GCGV Project is extending the enrollment period beyond the original June 30 deadline. The program reopened today, August 8, and will continue through December 29, 2017. Businesses that successfully complete the pre-screening process after August 8 will be eligible for an updated 2018 list.

    “We are committed to engaging and hiring qualified local businesses,” John Mabry, ExxonMobil Chemical Company operations manager who is managing operations for the GCGV Project, said. “The Pre-Screened Local Vendors List gives our contractors quick access to the resources available right here in the Coastal Bend, and it ensures local vendors, contractors and service providers have an opportunity to compete for work with the project. We are very pleased by the positive response and continued interest, which convinced us to extend the qualification period through year-end.”

    The Project announced the initiative in April as part of its Good Neighbor Program. The Local Business Initiative gives area businesses an opportunity to be pre-screened to compete for work on the proposed GCGV Project plastics manufacturing facility. Businesses that successfully complete the pre-screening process are placed on a Pre-Screened Local Vendors List, which will be shared with the project’s prime contractors to ensure local companies are given priority consideration for vendor, contractor and supplier needs.

    Of the businesses that have completed the pre-screening program to date, 90 are San Patricio County businesses, over 300 are Nueces County businesses and 95 are minority-owned businesses across all applicants.

    “From day one, the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project has expressed its commitment to hiring locally and making sure the local area experiences the economic benefits of this project,” San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson said. “This pre-screening initiative has been a huge success, and I’m thrilled to see the project delivering on its commitment.” 

    The Project hired Veriforce, an expert in contractor screening, to pre-screen companies interested in conducting on-site work. Under the extended deadline, Veriforce will continue accepting applications through December 29, 2017 and the project will continue to cover Veriforce fees for San Patricio and Nueces County businesses. Interested businesses are welcome and encouraged to submit their information for future updates to the list. Visit www.gulfcoastgv.com for more information.

    Placement on the Pre-Screened Local Vendors List does not guarantee work for the project.  When the prime contractors solicit vendors and suppliers, businesses must complete the bid process and meet all contractor requirements before being formally selected.

     

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    About Gulf Coast Growth Ventures

    ExxonMobil and SABIC are proposing to build a plastics manufacturing facility in San Patricio County, Texas. The project, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, is a unique opportunity created by the abundance of low cost U.S. natural gas. ExxonMobil and SABIC bring unmatched expertise to this project, having worked together in petrochemical ventures for more than 35 years.  If the project proceeds, economic forecasts indicate the multi-billion dollar investment would create significant benefits for the state, generating thousands of jobs and stimulating positive economic growth.

    About the Good Neighbor Program

    ExxonMobil and SABIC are industry leaders in working with communities and implementing sustainable programs based on local needs. Representatives of the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project have held more than 100 outreach meetings with local organizations, chambers, governments, civic groups and neighborhoods. We have listened to questions, concerns and input from local residents, and we continue to meet with members of the community every day. The Good Neighbor Program addresses the issues that local residents expressed as the most important through four key components: Health & Safety, Education & Workforce, Quality of Life and Environmental Stewardship.

  • July Full Board of Directors Meeting

    July 24, 2017
    Backstreet Cafe
    Sinton, TX

    The San Patricio County Economic Corporation held its July Board of Directors Meeting on July 24, 2017 in Sinton, Texas. The meeting took place at the Backstreet Cafe at 11:30 a.m. Bob Paulison of Port Industries gave a presentation on Seawater Desalination to the Board of Directors. Jason DuTerrul of Avengrid Renewable gave a quick update on the Energy Windfarms in Mathis, Tx. Executive Director, Foster Edwards of the SPCEDC gave an update on EDC business including prospects, business retention, community outreach, Board of Directors attendance and Annual Banquet details.

  • Odem Partner's Breakfast

    Many thanks to our Odem Partner's Breakfast Sponsor, C.C. Disposal Service and Skid-O-Kan for the information at our Partner's Breakfast, Thursday June 22, 2016. Our Executive assistant marketing coordinator, Adrianna Escamilla delivered the economy overview of Odem in sales and sales tax revenue. She updated our Partners with the prospect list and handed out save the dates for our Annual Banquet coming up in October. Thank you to all in attendance!



  • SPCEDC Collects Research on Local Business for Annual Banquet 2017

    Portland, Texas - The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation (SPCEDC) will host it's 2017 Annual Banquet, Salute to San Patricio County on October 19th, 2017. The SPCEDC is celebrating 25 Years of Economic Development by honoring small business in San Patricio County. This event is the largest business networking dinner celebration of it's kind in the county, with over 500 guests in attendance. To kick off the research, the SPCEDC has released a survey for small businesses to take and enter their name for recognition at the banquet. To view the survey please click here, or visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/spcedc25


  • Love's Truck Stop Officially Opens in Sinton

    Love's Travel Truck stop has officially opened at the corner of US HWY-77 and FM1945 in Sinton, Texas. The new stop with an 86-parking spot lot, a McDonald's and Chester Chicken are great additions to the heavily traveled freight corridor. Love's donated $2,000 to San Patricio County's 4-H Council at their kick-off event on June 1st, 2017!

    View the Full Press Release here!

  • VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) Makes History in San Patricio County


    Euronav's VLCC, Anne, at Oxy Ingleside being assisted by Signet Maritime Tugs. *Image Credit Port of Corpus Christi. View Press Release Here!

    Euronav's Anne, a VLCC(Very Large Crude Carrier) with the capability of transporting two million barrels of oil tested an expedition to Oxy Ingleside Energy Center (OIEC) export terminal on May 26th, 2017. The massive ships docking, at 1,093 feet long and 200 feet wide, made history, as the first crude oil export facility in the U.S. to receive such a large vessel. Completely empty, the tanker weighs in at 299,532 tons. 

    View the Port of Corpus Christi's Press release here!
    See the article in the Caller Times here!

  • How SPC Local Businesses can Contract with ExxonMobil / SABIC

  • April 2017 Housing Update

  • See Signet Assist in Stampede's Sail Through La Quinta Channel

    We are following the Hess Stampede Rig built by Kiewit... 

    Stay tuned to our social sites for updates on when to watch it move through the La Quinta Channel.

    Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/spcedc
    Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/SanPatCountyEDC

    Thank you to our partners at Kiewit and Signet Maritime for keeping us posted on the scheduled sail.



  • ExxonMobil / SABIC Looking for Local Businesses

    Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is searching for small businesses in the San Patricio area to service the new ExxonMobil / SABIC plant.

    Apply Here: http://gulfcoastgv.com/local-business-initiative

  • National Small Business Week

    Shop and eat at locally owned business to support Small Business Week in San Patricio County!

    If you are a small business owner, please take our quick survey to get recognition at our Annual Banquet where we will be honoring small business with special guest speaker Suzanne Wade, President (SAFD) of H-E-B! 

    Looking to open your own small business? SBA and ITC can help! Click here for more information.

  • Ozone Season Begins

    Ozone Season Begins TODAY, May 1st!

    San Patricio county is proud to be a clean air community that is in attainment of air quality standards established by the U. S. EPA.  Being in attainment of air quality standards not only means that San Patricio county air is healthy for you, your family and your employees to live, work, and play in - it means that doing business in San Patricio county is easier and less costly than doing business in a community that does not comply with air quality standards.The Corpus Christi Air Quality Group works to make sure that Corpus Christi, Nueces and San Patricio counties remains in attainment of air quality standards. The group is made up of representatives from industry, government, agencies, universities, and the general public and meets on a quarterly basis to discuss current air quality status and the development of programs and projects that seek to reduce air emissions.There are numerous efforts a business can consider that reduce emissions and ensure our continued attainment of air quality standards.  Click here to view a checklist of emission reducing recommendations compiled by the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group that we hope you will consider. Please consider becoming a part of the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group and being a part of Corpus Christi's continued clean air success story.For more information, please contact Gretchen Arnold; Chair of the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group at Gretchen.arnold@stx.rr.com.

  • Tax Free Weekend for Hurricane Preparedness Supplies

    Living along the Texas Gulf Coast provides a lovely view of sunrises on the beach and awesome fishing trips, but it also provides the right conditions for hurricanes, heavy tropical winds and rain. Hurricane season begins June 1st and to help you and your family prepare for the possibility of a hurricane is this weekends Tax Break on Emergency Preparation from April 22nd to April 24th. 

    Learn more here:

    https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php

  • ExxonMobil and SABIC Officially Select San Patricio County for World's Largest Ethane Steam Plant




    http://news.exxonmobil.com/press-release/exxonmobil-and-sabic-select-san-patricio-county-proposed-petrochemical-project-us-gulf

  • Ozone Season Begins May 1st

    San Patricio county is proud to be a clean air community that is in attainment of air quality standards established by the U. S. EPA.  Being in attainment of air quality standards not only means that San Patricio county air is healthy for you, your family and your employees to live, work, and play in - it means that doing business in San Patricio county is easier and less costly than doing business in a community that does not comply with air quality standards.The Corpus Christi Air Quality Group works to make sure that Corpus Christi, Nueces and San Patricio counties remains in attainment of air quality standards. The group is made up of representatives from industry, government, agencies, universities, and the general public and meets on a quarterly basis to discuss current air quality status and the development of programs and projects that seek to reduce air emissions.There are numerous efforts a business can consider that reduce emissions and ensure our continued attainment of air quality standards.  Click here to view a checklist of emission reducing recommendations compiled by the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group that we hope you will consider. Please consider becoming a part of the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group and being a part of Corpus Christi's continued clean air success story.For more information, please contact Gretchen Arnold; Chair of the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group at Gretchen.arnold@stx.rr.com.

  • 2017 Board of Directors D.C. Update with U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold

    The San Patricio Economic Development Corporation held a luncheon meeting on April 17, 2017 with Congressman Blake Farenthold and the 2017 SPCEDC Board of Directors and City Mayors. This luncheon was held to voice any federal concerns and to get to know Blake Farenthold a little better. Thank you to U.S. Representative, Blake Farenthold for meeting with the SPCEDC Board of Directors for lunch and giving us a D.C. Update. Te SPCEDC also announced the2017 Salute to San Patricio Annual Banquet Celebrating 25 Years of Economic Development will have guest speaker Suzanne Wade of H.E.B.

  • Rapport with Port Corpus Christi TownHall

    The first of a series, Rapport with the Port is a community forum where the Port of Corpus Christi gives informational updates on new infrastructure and other improvements in the area with an open discussion.

  • Rapport with Port Corpus Christi TownHall

    The first of a series, Rapport with the Port is a community forum where the Port of Corpus Christi gives informational updates on new infrastructure and other improvements in the area ending with an open discussion.

  • More Opportunities for a Growing Workforce

    More Opportunities for a Growing Workforce

    In Economic Development, jobs are everything. The numbers that get the attention are the ones that say hundreds of millions or billions, but the real story is the number of jobs created. Those billion dollar numbers are great for the tax base but the important thing is the thousands of jobs that are created. The ExxonMobil / SABIC proposed plant along Hwy 181 will create thousands of jobs. Those jobs include construction jobs, permanent jobs and, just as importantly, indirect jobs.

    Exxon says there will be 11,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs. WOW! These jobs have excellent wages and great benefits. These jobs will create more housing units, more retail stores, more restaurants, and more amenities. In short, a better quality of life, and a better place.

    Housing, retail, restaurants, and amenities are where those indirect jobs come in. Jobs in those areas will number in the thousands. People will build those houses and stores. More people will live here. Cooks and clerks will work in the new businesses. Small businesses will open and create jobs. Existing restaurants and retail stores will see increased business because of the construction jobs and the direct jobs. Everyone in San Patricio County knows the value of jobs. We all know that the more jobs that are created, the more prosperous the community will be.

    Some people have expressed concerns that there is a risk in having the plant in the proposed location. The risk is less than the risk you take driving to work each day or driving to the store. Exxon plants go hundreds or even thousands of days in their plants between work injuries. Safety is a top priority for their employees as well as the community. Even those who have concerns about the plant should take heart that the permitting process is a lengthy, rigorous vetting that includes public comment and public hearings so their voices will be heard. In the end, the decisions on permits will be based on solid, scientific facts. Exxon has listened to other community concerns and is taking steps for the plant to be as attractive as a plant can be. Because of our location, our Port, our workforce and our access to inexpensive energy, we will continue to attract industry, but we will never find a better corporate citizen, a better employer, or a better creator of jobs than Exxon.

     The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation supports growth, jobs and prosperity for the entire county - not just one city or one part of the county. The ExxonMobil / SABIC plant is good for all of San Patricio County. Let's work together to make it happen

  • Spring Break Festivities in SPC

    What is there to do for Spring Break in San Patricio County?

    PLENTY!

    Sunday, March 12

    • Ssssnakes! – Meet at the ‘Castle’ at 7 p.m. and come learn all about the snakes that make South Texas their home in this fun filled ranger talk. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Spring Break Ranger Program

    Monday, March 13

    • Dinosaurs Live Show - From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Enjoy face painting, popcorn and other snacks while eight dinosaurs come to life at this informative and fun show. 410 E. San Patricio Mathis, Tx

    Tuesday, March 14

    • Intro to Kayaking – From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. guests meet at the new fishing pier for an introduction to kayaking. Kayaks will be provided and are perfect for beginners. All participants must wear a life jacket and sign a liability waiver. Children under 13 must be accompanied with an adult. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Spring Break Ranger Program

    Wednesday, March 15

    • Kids Bird Feeder Decorating – From 9 a.m. until noon guests will meet at the Birding Area near the ‘Castle’ where they can decorate their own bird feeder. Supplies provided while they last. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Spring Break Ranger Program

    Thursday, March 16

    • Geocaching 101 – Guests meet at the ‘Castle’ at 10 a.m. for a “high-tech” scavenger hunt and learn how you can geo-cache anywhere. All ages welcome. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Spring Break Ranger Program

    Friday, March 17

    • Civilian Conservation Crops Exhibit and Ranger Talk – Guests will meet at the “Castle” at the 3 p.m. to learn about the history of Lake Corpus Christi and the young men of the 1930s that helped build the park Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Spring Break Ranger Program

    End it on the BEST note of all! 

    Make your way down to Old San Patricio this weekend for a wildin’ good time at the 45th World Championship Rattle Snake Races!

    Gates will open at 11 am until 6 p.m. with live music by James Little on Saturday and Borderline on Sunday.

    The annual race is happening this weekend March 18th and 19th.

  • Mathis EDC Website Launch

  • KIII calls Portland, TX home

  • Marketing to Mexico Luncheon

  • SPCEDC New Partner Levels

    The SPCEDC Board has approved new partner levels.

  • 1st Partner's Breakfast of 2017

    The SPCEDC held its first Partner's Breakfast of 2017 on January 18th 2017 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 7:30 a.m. Over 50 leaders of the community came together to review the economy of Aransas Pass and the County and to discuss upcoming events, community trends, additions and needs of the EDC land bank and prospects. 

  • Holiday Open House

    Thank you to our partners for coming out to celebrate our holiday open house with us on Friday, December 16th. We hope you enjoyed the view of our new office at the NorthShore Country Club in Portland, Texas. We were so happy to have your company and listen to the live guitar music by Michael Perez of Latin Talk. Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday!

  • Taft Partner's Breakfast

    The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation held it's final Partner's Breakfast of the 2016 year at the Kiva Hut in Taft on Wednesday December 7th. Huge thank you to J.M. Davidson Inc., for sponsoring our Taft partner's Breakfast! The breakfast ended our first series of partner's breakfasts where an economic overview of Taft was given along with a look at community trends and sales tax. We had citizens and local officials of Taft share on the movement they have noticed near them and our Partners shared insights too.

    We learned that the Kiva Hut was named by the Boy Scout Troop who built it. The word Kiva means place of gathering. Thank you to the Taft City Council for making the breakfast, handing out cookbooks and giving our Executive Director, Foster Edwards, a baseball cap with the city logo.

    Thank you for joining us. See you in Aransas Pass in 2017!

  • SPCALC Check Presentation

    Huge thank you to Linda Medellin of San Patricio County Adult Literacy Council for meeting with us at the Portland Library an.for all the good things they do with our community. 📚 We wish the ALC a productive 2017 and look forward to their Scrabble tournament in February!

  • Corpus Christi Tap Water Advisory

    Our friends and neighbors in the Corpus Christi Area are strongly advised not to use the tap water for any reasons - including bathing, washing clothes, drinking or brushing teeth.


    As the city of Corpus Christi resolves the contamination issues, please feel free to come visit San Patricio. Our water is available and ready to drink.

  • Industry Coordination Meeting

    San Patricio EDC hosts an Industry Coordination meeting once every quarter to connect industry leaders and discuss upcoming events or learn from any current issues. The EDC uses those take aways for planning.

    Industry Meeting Agenda Dec 2016.pdf

  • Voestalpine Sound Solution Update

  • A Day With Our Senator

    The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation is proud to have hosted a luncheon with Senator Judith Zaffirini at Noon today, November 21st at the NorthShore Country Club. Senator Zaffirini is a powerful member of the Texas Senate and has already submitted 42 bills to be considered in the upcoming legislature. She gave us helpful tips for our San Pat Day on the Hill trip to the capital along with amazing stories of her feats in the legislature. We are excited to work with her and have her back in San Patricio County more often. Huge thanks to the generous contributions of Cheniere, 1st Community Bank, OxyChem and the Port of Corpus Christi!

  • Sinton Partner's Breakfast

    The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation held its 8th Partners' Breakfast of 2016 this morning at Freddie's Steakhouse in Sinton, Texas. The breakfast held 60 guests from Sinton, around the county and even as far as Refugio, Woodsboro and Austin. Workforce of the Coastal Bend data was analyzed along with the sales tax allocations from Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Several new updates from within the county were given inclduing TPCO's new apartment complex, Cable One's upcoming South Texas Showcase for Northern Texans, Mathis' downtown renovations - which were scored #1 in the state,Workforce's Veteran Job Fair, and the tax rates and other concerns for San Pat Day on the Hill. This morning'gs breakfast was sponsored by Cheniere.

  • Voestalpine Sound Solution

  • Fall Festivals

    Happy Halloween, San Patricio County!

    The following places will be hosting festivities to celebrate this evening:

    Gregory's Tent or Treat at the Gregory Park: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    NorthShore Country Club's Trunk or Treat: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Taft's Halloween on the Green: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    4-H Trunk or Treat: Sinton Fairgrounds 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Odem's Great Pumpkin Movie Night: 6 p.m. Odem City Park


  • 2016 Annual Event

    Every year, the San Patricio County Economic Development corporation hosts an Annual Event. It is the largest networking dinner celebration within the county. Our partners came together to commemorate the highlights of the year with a focus on one vital part of the community; education in our county. We have some of the best educators, school boards and districts that create the future of our workforce. Our event speakers were Sam and Catherine Susser. They spoke on education and what business leaders look for when our young folk enter the work force. We had a poem reading by Mr. Kippy. Opening the ceremony were a few words from the Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott. One award for each of the seven school districts, the Library system and the Adult Literacy Council.


    A special donation was given to the Adult Literacy Council of San Patricio County as a result of this event to ensure that all are within reach of a great education.

    Thank you for joining us!

    We appreciate our partners for the sponsorships that made this event possible. Thank you for supporting us.

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  • POCCA Commissioner Meeting Report

  • Portland Partner's Breakfast

    The San Patricio Economic Development Corporation held its' monthly Partner's Breakfast this morning at the NorthShore Country Club with Tolunay-Wong Engineers as the sponsor.  


    The 7th Partner's Breakfast of the year seated 94 people from Portland and around the county. Different sectors of industry were reported on including the Port of Corpus Christi, TPCO America, Cheniere, local farmers, Signet Maritime, the office of the Governor and more.

  • Cheniere gives to Ingleside on the Bay

    Cheniere presented Ingleside on the Bay with a grant check for a city park improvement project.

  • DMC Transportation Tuesday


    Photo cred: CCRTA

    SPCEDC staff attended the Transportation Tuesday meeting on September 27th 2016.

    Transportation Tuesday is an open meeting that consists of local officials, innovators, elected officials, researchers, and educators looking to the make moving through our neighborhoods and to businesses easier. During the meeting, all opportunities are observed that affect transportation in the area.

  • Harbor Bridge Project U.S. Highway 181 Update

    Flat Iron Dragados Held a Charrette this morning to update the Coastal Bend on how their production efforts are coming and to ask for residents input on design options. The new bridge spanning just over 2 miles will act as the connector between San Patricio County and Corpus Christi. Visit the Harbor Bridge Project website to decide on a logo that they will use by clicking here! Voting is open from Monday September 26th to October 7th.

  • Cruise Ship Hearing

    The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation presented a testimonial at the Joint Committee Hearing on Cruise Ship Industry August 25th  at 10 a.m. during the 6th panel along with nearby Economic Development Corporations.

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  • Cruise Ship Hearing

    Our growing port is looking to expand even more! With our flourishing tourism features like music venues, bird-watching sites and attractions like the aquarium or Schlitterbahn so close, it seems we could be an option for a cruise ship terminal. This could bring in new jobs and plenty of opportunity to the entire coastal bend. A public hearing will be held at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center at 10am on Thursday, August 25th where our Director, Foster Edwards will be speaking in a panel with our neighboring EDCs, Chambers of Commerce, County Judges and Mayors of surrounding cities.


  • Mathis Partner's Breakfast

    Incredible turnout at Smolik's in Mathis, Texas this morning for our August Partner's Breakfast. Thank you to the Mathis Mayor, Mathis edc, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, Smolik's Smokehouse, our partners and our chair woman Jo Ann Ehmann, Mayor of IOB. Thank you elected officials of Mathis and surrounding area for attending. We are pleased with a turn out of almost 70 people!


  • New Harbor Bridge Groundbreaking


    This afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony of the new Harbor bridge marks the day a new connection to our neighboring counties, business partners, friends, and families. New opportunities await us as we wait patiently for the construction to end in a short five years. This journey we will take until the new longest and largest bridge of its kind will be one we will never forget. Thank you to the members who spoke today including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas state Sen. Juan Hinojosa and Texas state Rep. Todd Hunter and to those from Flat Iron Dragados and Texas Department of transportation who are already working hard on construction. Stay up to date with construction, road closures and more @ http://www.harborbridgeproject.com/

  • Cruise Ship Industry Hearing

  • Industry Coordination Meeting

  • Ingleside on the Bay Partner's Breakfast

    This morning, the San Patricio Economic Development Corporation held its monthly Partner's Breakfast at Ingleside on the Bay's Beach Club. Mayor of Ingleside on the Bay, Jo Ann Ehmann provided a wonderful menu of breakfast casserole, cinnamon crumb coffee cake and seasonal fruits. The SPCEDC would like to thank Frost for sponsoring this breakfast as well as Mayor Ehmann and her family for making the delicious meal. Our director, Foster Edwards gave an economic overview of the county and reviewed local housing concerns, needs and conditions. We'd like to thank our partners for attending breakfast and sharing their slice of the community with us this morning. We can say we are working hard on grasping the opportunities within our reach and we are continuing to see growth in our communities.

  • Port of CC: Oil Dock 15 Groundbreak

    The Port of Corpus Christi alongside Martin Midstream Partners held a groundbreak this morning for Oil Dock 15. The new dock will accommodate trans-loading through a new 24” pipeline originating from Martin’s 900,000 barrel POCC crude oil terminal. Oil Dock 15 will be designed to accommodate up to 52 feet of draft and feature an 1,100 foot slip. The dock will be capable of crude loading at a rate of 30,000 barrels per hour. Three loading arms will be constructed to accommodate inland and ocean-going barges and ships including both Aframax and the new Panamax classes. POCCA's groundbreak today featured Oil Dock 15's new site location where Port Commissioner Wes Hoskins introduced several speakers including Mayor of Corpus Christi, Nelda Martinez, State Representstive: Todd Hunter, and Chairman of the Port: Charles Zahn. Below are photos from the event. For the POCCA press release, click here.

  • Newspaper Feature

    The SPCEDC will be producing a monthly article in the Aransas Pass Progress and the Ingleside Index with economic development updates we have to share and celebrate. Keep an eye out!

    https://www.facebook.com/ProgressIndex


  • June Partner's Breakfast 2016 @ Ingleside

    Our Ingleside Partner's Breakfast took place at the Humble Community Center in Ingleside, Texas. We discussed the need for housing in Ingleside and brought up the complex that will be finished up within the next few months. Our director, Foster Edwards, pictured above, gave an economic overview of the city and our partner's gave a small piece of their view on the city. We had Mark Cason with the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend give some insight on what our county and Ingleside can expect and utilize their tools for economic growth. Thank you to our partners for the success in Ingleside's Breakfast. Huge thanks to Stripes and Laredo Taco Company for supplying breakfast, and thank you for attending! Catch us at next month's breakfast at Ingleside on the Bay.

  • Cable One Fiber Mixer

    On Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30, we partnered with Cable One to host a mixer to shed more light on their new fiber offering in San Patricio County. San Patricio County has some exciting and amazing things going on in these upcoming days including Cable One introducing Fiber internet to select parts of the county. Connecting San Patricio County to fiber internet means fast internet speeds will be readily available for residents and businesses to utilize! We are one of few places in North America to become hosts to Fiber. Huge thanks to Cable One for the fun filled goody-bags and informative evening! To see if your area can get connected with fiber visit: CableOne

  • SPCEDC Budget Proposal

    Our Director Foster Edwards proposed 2017 budget for the San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation to the Executive Board. The budget will be decided on at our next Full Board meeting.

  • Industry Traffic Safety Configuration Meeting

    The San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation held an Industry Traffic Safety Configuration meeting today, Monday May  26, 2016. Charles Benavidez from TxDoT Sinton Area Office presented recent updates to Highways 361 and 181 and shed light on what we can expect to see in the upcoming months. The renovations to Highway 361 included a right in, right out reconfiguration and traffic count technology implementation. Traffic counts reported to have 1800-2000 cars utilizing the highway for direct connect during busy hours of the evening. The right in, right out reconfiguration of the highway has allowed the number of vehicles onto the direct connect to double from its original numbers before the reconfiguration. The resurfacing of Highway 181 added 2 inches of pavement to allow the highway to withstand the greater influx of traffic for a longer period of time. New lights to be added to Highway 361 were discussed but are still in planning stages due to Railroad pre-emption which could take 6-18 months. TxDoT plans to have smart lights that will synchronize with the trains as well as other lights in the area to help the flow of traffic. Ramp reversal projects are up in the air for TxDoT as they need permission from Port of Corpus Christi for Kay Bailey exit which could start construction in June of 2017.The proposed State Highway 200 was brought up as well. The new highway will tie FM1069 to Highway 361 at Ingleside. Naismith Engineering is partnering with TxDot for the production of the highway. Currently the planning stage is eighty percent done with an estimated construction date in late 2017 or early 2018. Our Industry Traffic Safey Configuration meetings will happen quarterly. Stay connected to our calendar for the next one.

      

     

  • SAWS Approval

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation approved the action of San Antonio Water Systems application to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for Bed and Banks Authorization under Texas Water Code Section 11.042 (b) at the Executive Full Board Meeting on Monday, May 23rd, 2016. This move directly benefits the area as it defends one of the region's most iconic wildlife species, the whooping crane, as well as the ecosystem it calls home. Permission by the TCEQ to SAWS will allow transportation of high-quality wastewater effluent to San Antonio Bay in times of drought and during wet seasons to protect Texas wildlife. SAWS wants to ensure healthy rivers, estuaries and bays especially in the areas where SAWS operations take place. The company is the largest direct recycled water system in the United States raclaiming 25,000 acre feet of wastewater annually for industrial and outdoor uses including the San Antonio Riverwalk and even frac uses. SAWS holds recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency for being one of the nation's best. It's purple pipes stand out in the industry. The SPCEDC identifies SAWS as a helpful municipal entity for promoting a habitat worth visiting and caring for.

     

     

     

  • Portland Growth Corridor

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation passed and approved a resolution supporting the establishment of a growth corridor for the city of Portland, Texas during the Executive Full Board Meeting on Monday, May 23rd,2016. Portland is the fastest growing community within San Patricio County and provides key housing and support for employees of many industrial developments that ultimately drive the county and regional economy. Residential expansion and development into annexable areas west of the City. SPCEDC recognizes and supports the organized and sustainable growth of Portland Texas.

     

  • SPCEDC Full Board Meeting

       At the San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation's Full Board Executive Committee Meeting, we had an update on US Highway 181 Harbor Bridge Project. Director Foster Edwards presented a detailed Activity Report with slideshow, San Antonio Water Systems spoke on their project and Randy Wright gave a presentation of Portland's upcoming growth. Foster gave his agenda for the Texas Rural Rail Challenge that he will be attending on June 9th and 10th. RTA Grant Traffic Study contract with Naismith Engineering was dicussed as well as the Industry Safety Meeting to be held on May 26th. Thank you to those in attendance and especially to our speakers for the information today!

     

  • San Patricio County Unemployment Rates Drop!

    Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend released an update that San Patricio County unemployment rates dropped by .3% This update puts San Patricio County at 7% in unemployment rates!  See where the rest of Texas is at http://www.workforcesolutionscb.org/images/labormarketinfo/WorkforceSolutionsCB_April_2016_LMI.pdf

     

  • May 18th Partner's Breakfast in Gregory

    We had an amazing turnout in Gregory for our monthly Partner's Breakfast! Huge thanks to Cable One for sponsoring and many thanks to the crew at Bert's Diner for the wonderful service. Shout out to Becky's son, Brother Joshua for the invocation. We heard such great comments about the growing city of Gregory and are working hard to utilize all that was said for amazing changes to come.


     

  • New Gregory Portland Elementary School

    Garza Bomberger & Associates from San Antonio have been favored in the negotiation process with school board members for the construction of a brand new elementary school since the authorization of construction earlier last week. Superintendent Dr. Paul Clor has mentioned other qualified firms including WKMC Architects from Corpus Christi, RWA Architects from Houston and Fromberg Associates from Austin. All are being considered for the new school construction to happen on the 58 acres of recently acquired land located on Moore Avenue.

     

     

     


  • Arrival of the 1st Voestalpine vessel to the Port of CC

    The very first vessel for Voestalpine arrived to the Port of Corpus Christi on Saturday, April 30th!

    Thank you Port of CC for the photograph!


  • Taft High School Seniors Heading to College

    "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."

    George Washington Carver

     

    The golden door of freedom for graduating high school seniors has been unlocked as each student of Taft High School has already applied and been accepted to college! We believe in Taft's slogan,"Dream big... No excuses." http://hs.taftisd.net/

     

    For more information on applying to college visit www.applytexas.org

  • San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Transportation Feasibility Study

    RFQ_2015-FC-21.pdf


  • 2015 Annual Event


    The San Patricio County EDC staff has begun planning the 2015 Annual Event. This year, we will be honoring our Engineering and Construction partners, and the industries as a whole. We would like to hear your ideas about what would make the evening special for your industry. If you have any suggestions for special awards, honorees or speakers that might appeal to the engineers and construction firms in the area, contact us by phone at (361) 777-2368 or by e-mail at nina@sanpatricioedc.com.


  • Mathis EDC holds ribbon cutting for newly renovated office

    The Mathis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) held a ribbon cutting to open its renovated building at 111 E. San Patricio Avenue. Seventy community members and the Mathis High School Lady Pirates Basketball team visited the building on Saturday afternoon, February 7.

     

    Above, left to right: front row, Char Brown, Mathis EDC vice-president, Judge Nere Villarreal, Mario Chavez, EDC, Frank Galvan, EDC, Elvira Chavez, EDC, Mayor Ciri Villarreal,Vicente Gonzales, EDC President, Michelle Herrera, EDC, Eufemia Nieto, Rosalinda Pena, City Council, and Mike Barrera, City Manager.

    The Board of the Mathis EDC would like to thank HEB, Subway, Flowers & Things, and Pepsi Cola for their contributions to making the open house a success.

  • Notice of Availability: Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) Harbor Bridge

     

    Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code, Title 43, §2.108, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is advising the public of the availability of the Final EIS for the proposed construction of the US Highway 181 (US 181) Harbor Bridge Project improvements in Nueces County, Texas. The project limits include: US 181 at Beach Avenue on the north; Crosstown Expressway at Morgan Avenue on the south; I-37 and Up River Road on the west; and I-37 and Shoreline Boulevard on the east.

    The project would replace the existing Harbor Bridge and reconstruct portions of US 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway. The Final EIS identifies one of the build alternatives (the "Red Alternative") as the recommended alternative. The recommended alternative would consist of a controlled-access facility and would include six lanes within a right-of-way width that varies between 200-430 feet, three 12-foot lanes in each direction with a median barrier and 12-foot inside and 10-foot outside shoulders. The alternative includes a 10-foot bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path on the main span of the bridge and on the bridge approaches.

    Copies of the Final EIS may be viewed at the www.ccharborbridgeproject.com or at any of the following locations:

    1. La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401;
    2. Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78401; and
    3. Texas Department of Transportation Office, 1701 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78416.

    Requests for hard copies of the Final EIS and further information about the project may be obtained from the Texas Department of Transportation, Christopher Amy, 1701 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78416 or call (361)739-6960. Paper copies may be obtained at the requestor’s expense. You may submit written comments concerning the Final EIS to the same address, or you may submit comments by email to HarborBridgeFEIS@urs.com and at the project website at http://www.ccharborbridgproject.com. Any comments must be submitted no later than January 5, 2015.

    Nancy Gates
    Harbor Bridge Public Involvement


    Nancy Gates
    Public Involvement Project Manager
    URS
    Direct: 512/419-5303
    Fax: 512-454-8807
    Cell: 512/422-9727
    nancy.gates@urs.com


  • EPA considers lowering max high for ozone

    The U S EPA has announced their proposed NAAQS for ozone; in the range of 65-70 ppb. They will also taking comments on NAAQS set as low as 60 ppb.

    The complete announcement can be found at http://www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/actions.html#nov2014

    EPA will take final action on the proposed standards by Oct. 1, 2015. Based on that date, the agency anticipates the following schedule for making area designations, if EPA revises the standards:
    o By October 1 2016: States recommend the designation for all areas of the state, or any relevant areas in Indian country, and the boundaries for those areas.
    o By June 1, 2017: EPA responds to states’ initial recommendations and identifies where the agency intends to modify the recommendations. States will have the opportunity to comment on EPA’s response, and to provide new information and analyses for EPA to consider.
    o By October 1, 2017: EPA issues final area designations; those designations likely would be based on 2014-2016 air quality data.
    o 2020 to 2021: States complete development of implementation plans, outlining how they will reduce pollution to meet the standards. State and tribal plans can include federal measures, and any local or statewide measures needed to demonstrate that a nonattainment area will meet the standards by its attainment date.
    o 2020 to 2037: States are required to meet the primary (health) standard, with deadlines depending on the severity of an area’s ozone problem.

    Our current ozone averages are 67 ppb at CAMS 4 and 66 ppb at CAMS 21. At our January meeting we will discuss the proposed NAAQS for ozone and plans to participate in the public comment period.

  • EDC celebrates $50 million aquarium expansion groundbreaking

    San Patricio County EDC Executive Director Lynn Spencer is joining Texas State Aquarium officials for a ground breaking this morning on the aquarium's Caribbean Journey, a $50 million expansion project. Spencer is pictured with Aquarium Board Member Denise Tavares.

     

  • San Pat, Laredo continue partnerships

    San Pat EDC and Laredo Development Foundation will be partnering together in 2015 in both business development and government affairs activities to strengthen our efforts to improve infrastructure and attract business to both our ports. Pictured (l-r) are San Pat EDC Finance Director Becky McMillon, San Pat EDC Executive Director Lynn Spencer, Olivia Varela from Laredo Development Foundation and Joseph Mendiola, Business Development Specialist for LDF


  • San Pat EDC headed to Austin

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Spencer and Finance Director Becky McMillon are attending the TexasOne Quarterly Board Meeting and Annual

    Gala with Governor Rick Perry and Governor-Elect Greg Abbott Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin.

     

     

     

  • Spencer advocates for San Pat County

    Executive Director Lynn Spencer will be busy promoting San Patricio County through the remainder of the year and into next! Spencer is attending the International Council of Shopping Center's conference in Dallas this week and will attend the Texas One event in early December. In January or February, Spencer will lead a group of county advocates to Austin for the Annual San Patricio County Day on the Hill event. 

    San Pat Day on the Hill is a trip to Austin in which EDC members and other county stakeholders take the county's most important legislative agenda items to the elected officials. It is a time for San Patricio County to show their strength in numbers, and willingness to cooperate in order to see our county's legislative needs are seen as a priority. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the San Patricio County EDC at (361) 777-2368 for more information.


  • Operation Finally Home at work in Portland

    The Builders Association Corpus Christi Area - builders Shayne Schroeder, Bill Sanderson and Garrett Dorsey - along with lead sponsor H-E-B have partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME to further their mission of providing custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. Construction will begin soon on a home in Portland, Texas where they are bringing together corporate sponsors, subcontractors, product suppliers, community leaders, individual contributors, and volunteers to help a wounded veteran and his family transition to the home front by addressing one of his most pressing needs – a home to call their own.They are attempting to raise $60,000 in pursuit of this effort. For more information visit https://www.crowdrise.com/ofhcoastalbend


  • Cheniere announces plans for possible second plant

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Finance Director Becky McMillon attended a lunch with Cheniere Energy and several other county representatives today. The group heard a presentation from Jason French, Director of Public Affairs for Cheniere. French gave a presentation that included renderings of a condensate terminal in Ingleside that would further establish San Patricio County and the Coastal Bend Region as a major center in America's ongoing energy revolution. The project discussed is separate from the proposed $12 billion LNG plant planned for Gregory. McMillon and French are pictured with reps from the Ingleside Chamber of Commerce, Ingleside on the Bay, Value Bank and Susan Price.

  • Spencer represents San Pat County at TML, TEDC Conferences in Houston this week

    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Spencer attended two major conference in Houston this week: The Texas Municipal League Annual Conference and Texas Economic Development Council Annual Conference. She is pictured here with Mayor Billy Huerta of The City of Odem, who also attended the TML Conference. San Patricio County was well represented at these important events.


  • GPISD discusses enrollment growth, available housing

    By: Shane Ersland, The Portland News 

    PORTLAND — Gregory-Portland ISD school board members were updated Tuesday on future enrollment increase projections and discussed some concerns regarding the availability of housing to support such growth.

    Dr. Arnold Oates, president of Texas School Planning, Inc. — based in Tyler — was authorized by the school board to research the district’s master plan in relation to land use and development in the area. He presented related information to board members Tuesday, including projected enrollment increases. Oates said the district is expected to see an average increase of 133 students per year, and will include more than 6,000 students by the 2024-25 school year. The district currently maintains an enrollment in excess of 4,000 students.

    Oates said the district’s current facilities may not be sufficient to support the increased enrollment.

    “The high school principal tells me she’s pretty full right now,” Oates said. “As we look at capacity for the elementary schools, it’s going to be pretty tight.”

    Oates said middle school enrollment is expected to increase as well, and the district might have to consider building a second facility for middle school students.

    “Do you want a middle school with 1,400 students, or do you want two middle schools with 800 students?” he asked. “At all three levels, you’ll need to be making some decisions.”

    Oates said that the birth rate in San Patricio County has decreased, but that growth will continue due to migration, new industries and businesses moving into the area, and the workers that will be constructing them.

    “You’re getting more people moving in,” Oates said. “The peak number of construction workers here will be 5,200 in 2015. My concern is that I don’t know that you have buildings that are going to keep up with that.”

    School officials expressed concern regarding whether there would be housing available — and whether the necessary infrastructure was in place — to support the district’s growth. Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore said he has spoken with Portland city officials about the installation of infrastructure in the city.

    “The city has made it clear to us that it will be up to developers to put in infrastructure for developments they plan to build,” Clore said.

    Oates said the city’s current infrastructure may not be able to support future growth.

    “The concern I have right now is, there’s not a lot of infrastructure in place,” he said. “You’re looking at a 25 percent (population) increase over a 10-year period.”

    Board member Gilbert Cortinas asked what the housing outlook in Gregory currently is.

    “They are trying to remove dilapidated houses, and then maybe build new ones,” Oates said. “The mayor said there may be land for apartment units. But there is nothing in the works right now for anything like that. You also have some families on that land that don’t want to sell. And that land may be sold for industrial purposes, rather than housing.”

    Clore noted that the price of housing in Portland is often too expensive for district employees.

    “Your G-P ISD teachers have the highest starting salary in our region, but those teachers can’t afford to buy houses (here),” he said. “We don’t think the greater community understands that. This is going to become an ever-increasing concern if we cannot develop enough housing quickly enough, and make it affordable, and in some cases, make it multi-family.”

    Oates noted that city officials often prefer to develop single-family housing in Portland.

    “They need to be thinking about a real mixture of housing,” he said. “There needs to be affordable, multi-family, three-bedroom units being built.”

    It may be helpful for school officials to express their housing concerns to city officials, Oates said.

    “They said they already have enough apartments, and want more single-family,” he said. “You might want to meet with them. You may want to look at what they’re doing in Ingleside and Aransas Pass. They’re moving very fast, and approving apartments.”

    It would be disadvantageous for people who are moving to the Coastal Bend to choose to live in neighboring communities because they cannot find affordable housing in Portland, Clore said.

    “Developers are telling us this is one of the hardest communities to establish development,” he said. “They then go to outlying communities to set up their development. Then, those communities get the benefit of that enrollment growth.”

    Cortinas said there needs to be a greater selection of affordable housing in the area.

    “It concerns me that they just want to put $250,000-400,000 homes up,” he said. “What’s that going to do to the tax rate, if they just want to build wealthy homes?”

    Oates said he will have a final report for the board in 3-4 weeks.

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  • Notice of Hearing Relating to Local Sales and Use Taxes

    Oct. 15, 2014 – Notice of Hearing on Rule 3.334 Relating to Local Sales and Use Taxes

    The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will host a public hearing on Rule 3.334, relating to local sales and use taxes, on Oct. 15, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m.

    The Notice of the Public Hearing is in the Sept. 26, 2014, issue of the Texas Register.


  • San Pat EDC, POCC attend 21st Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium


    San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Spencer attended the 21st Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
    Rolando Ortiz, Development Manager at Killam Development (left) With San Patricio County EDC Executive Director Lynn Spencer at the 21st Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium at Texas A&M International University on Sept. 11, 2014At left, she is pictured with Roland Ortiz, Development Manager for Killam Development.
    At right, Mario Lozoya, San Antonio Director of Government Affairs for Toyota, addresses conference attendees.
    Spencer also spent time visiting with representatives from the Port of Corpus Christi, a major partner of the SPCEDC. They are shown together above. Pictured (l-r) are Eddie Martinez, General Cargo and Information, POCC; Executive Director Lynn Spencer, San Patricio County EDC; Port Commissioner Barbara Canales; Ruben Medina, Director of Business Development, POCC and Sherry DuBois, Executive Office Manager, POCC.
    View details about 21st Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium

     


  • SPCEDC at Select Committee

    San Patricio County EDC Executive Director Lynn Spencer (left) and Finance Director Becky McMillon (right) with Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade at Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives in Austin.

     

  • SPCEDC visits with Reps in Austin

    San Patricio County EDC visits with State Rep. JM Lozano this morning in Austin.

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