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Deliberately, San Marcos' economy grows.

A comprehensive economic development program-revolving several public-private partnerships is paying off for the city of San Marcos, Tex., a community of 36,000 located between Austin and San Antonio.

"We established a carefully monitored incentive program to attract new business and industry and to assist existing business to expand," said San Marcos Mayor Kathy M. Morris.

The program is working. The city has nearly doubled its sales tax receipts in the past five years, from $2.9 million in 1989 to $5.1 million in 1993, attracted $97.3 million in private capital investments, and created 1,893 new jobs, with 1,000 more on the horizon.

Major components of the San Marcos program include creation of reinvestment zones, an enterprise zone, a foreign trade zone at the airport, competitive utility rates, a revolving loan fund, a downtown revitalization program, a tax and development fee abatement policy, and "one stop" staff assistance to assist new or expanding businesses through the local development process.

The mayor, city council members, and the city manager actively participate in the recruitment and evaluation of new businesses for the city.

Not all new businesses are welcomed with open arms however. The city council has turned away several prospective companies whose operations posed environmental risks or used excessive water and other resources.

A recent San Marcos economic development success story was "San Marcos---A Texas Natural," a marketing program establishing the city as a showcase location for Texas-produced goods and linking state agricultural producers, artisans, and manufacturers with city retail stores and consumers.

For more information, write Melissa Millecam, Community Affairs Office, 630 East Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666; phone (512) 353- 4444 or fax (512) 396-4656.
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Title Annotation:San Marcos, Texas
Author:Fletcher, Jeff
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jul 5, 1993
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