San Pat EDC has secured a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the purpose of creating a countywide data clearinghouse to support economic development activities, update our online presence, conduct an extensive study on the feasibility of a proposed San Patricio Regional Training Center, and complete a countywide economic development strategy (CEDS).
In this effort, the SPCEDC staff has conducted town hall meetings in three of its nine communities. These include Taft, Odem and Sinton. During these meetings, residents were surveyed about a number of issues ranging from housing, retail, the job climate, potential development and the need for workforce training. Thus far a total of 500 people have participated in the three town hall meetings that have been held to date. Of all survey respondents, 90 percent said they felt there is a need for this sort of facility in San Patricio County. The data from the surveys will be further analyzed and incorporated into a workforce training center feasibility study, as well as the San Patricio County CEDS.
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings...
If you haven't yet participated in a town hall meeting, six more opportunities remain! Once times, dates and locations for future meetings are set, the EDC will inform our member businesses. The meetings are small-group based and interactive. Participants will have the opportunity to take a survey on computers and complete a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities, threats) analysis for their city. Strengths identified will help communities sell their best assets, weaknesses identified will give guidance on how to improve, and opportunities and threats identified will help communities plan for future growth.
Town hall meetings will also be held for the cities of Gregory, Portland, Mathis, Ingleside, Aransas Pass and Ingleside on the Bay in upcoming months. If you are interested in serving on a steering committee or making a donation for any upcoming town hall meetings, contact the EDC.
Posted on August 5, 2014
by Brian Waraksa