Seguin Economic Development Corporation
City of Seguin Certified as a GO TEXAN Retirement Community 

The City of Seguin and Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) announce that Seguin, Texas is officially a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community.

The Texas Certified Retirement Community (CRC) Program is an initiative from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to help rural Texas communities encourage retirees and potential retirees to make their homes in Texas communities that have met the criteria for certification by the department as a Texas Certified Retirement Community. The Mission of the CRC Program is to promote Texas as a retirement destination to retirees and potential retirees both in and outside Texas; encourage tourism to Texas as a desirable retirement location and for the visitation of those who have chosen to retire in this state; establish a certification program that is user friendly and informative; and maintain a certification program that is reliable and trusted.

"It's exciting to announce that the City of Seguin is now a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community. Retirees positively impact Seguin through their community service efforts, their dedication to community involvement and their generous contributions to local businesses. Seguin is a wonderful place to call home, and I'm excited for all retirees who relocate to Seguin and have the opportunity to experience our history, eat our food, shop our merchants, and join our celebrations," said Terry Trevino, Director of Economic Development.

Over the past few years, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation staff has worked diligently to complete the detailed application designating Seguin as a Certified Retirement Community. The application included a Retiree Desirability Assessment (Analysis of Demographics; Tax Structure; Local Housing Availability, Opportunity and Cost; Personal Safety, Security, and Crime Statistics; Employment and Volunteer Opportunities; Availability of Health Care Services; Availability of Emergency Medical Services; Public Transportation and Major Highways; Continuing Education; Leisure Living; Recreational Areas and Facilities; Performing Arts; Festivals and Events; Sports at all Levels) Marketing Plan, and Long-Term Plan and Letters of Evidence/Support.

"This certification will not only assist SEDC in our efforts to market the City of Seguin, but it will also provide our community with large-scale exposure through association with the well-established GO TEXAN marketing campaign, said Terry Trevino, Director of Economic Development. Trevino continued, "The Certified Retirement Community certification will positively impact both economic and social conditions in Seguin, as it enhances the wealth of brainpower available for community service and adds to the talent pool for local parttime employment. In fact, a relocating couple has an economic impact of 3.7 factory jobs in the community."

Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller will present Seguin's Certified Retirement Community certification to the Mayor and the City Council at the Seguin City Council meeting on May 17, 2016.

"It is a great honor to be a GO TEXAS Certified Retirement Community. Those of us who already live in Seguin know what a great city we have, and we invite everyone to come to Seguin to share in the "good life" that we all enjoy here," said Mayor Don Keil.

One Year, One Block, One Big Transformation
Downtown Business Highlight
Progress in downtown revitalization is often a story of patience and incremental growth. It doesn't happen overnight, but for the north side of the 100 block of West Court Street, the transformation from being almost completely vacant to occupied has taken less than a year with more excitement still to come.

The block has been home to Vogue Shoes for decades, where customer service and specialty shoes can be found Monday thru Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The remainder of the block has more or less been vacant for several years.

The transformation started during the spring of 2015 when several buildings changed ownership. 112 West Court Street was purchased by Lone Star Home Solutions, who has begun work on turning the building into their show room. The showroom will be open to the public and give families looking to remodel their home an opportunity to view the wide range of products and designs.

Additionally, an area real estate professional purchased 106 West Court Street as an opportunity to invest in downtown Seguin. After doing some clean up, the hunt for a tenant began. She would soon find one with Celeste Koepsel and her business Sweet Treats. Opening in January 2016, Sweet Treats offers a variety of delicious cupcakes and sugar cookies.
In June of 2015, the most dramatic transformation for the block began with the slip cover removal of at the Sleep Shop on the corner of Austin and Court. The owners of the property are looking forward to finishing the project that has already exposed the original wooden windows and transoms and when completed will create almost 9000 square feet of prime retail space. Look for the project to be completed during the summer of 2016. 

Later in the summer, the final building in that block, 108 West Court Street, would be purchased as an investment opportunity by an established real estate investment firm. Local realtor, Wayne Windle, would list the property and find a tenant for the space in a matter of weeks. 

Tammy Elrod and her husband decided to open their business, La La Gypsy Boutique, at 108 West Court as they saw the revitalization occurring all across downtown. They would open for business in November of 2015 and have been doing very well since their opening.

Three new building owners, two new businesses open, and two buildings under construction. This one block alone represents a reinvestment of over $500,000. That is a lot of change for one city block in one year. 

Mark Your Calendar, Local Job Fair is Right Around the Corner
SEDC Hosts Annual Job Fair
SEGUIN, TX. - Whether hoping for a fresh start or a new career, job seekers will find a wealth of exciting opportunities as a variety of employers will be eager to hire for openings in a wide range of fields at the annual Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held Thursday, June 16th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Seguin Coliseum - 950 South Austin Street, Seguin, Texas 78155. 

Seguin's largest employers will be hiring for entry, intermediate and advanced-level positions in manufacturing, engineering, construction, medical, administrative/clerical, transportation, public safety, education, hotel hospitality and more. Participating companies include Caterpillar Inc, Cavco, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Alamo Group (TX) Inc, City of Seguin, GVEC, Cone Bio Products, Hawkins Personnel, Park Plaza Hotel, Central States Manufacturing, Navarro ISD, Minigrip, CMC Steel, Tractor Supply Company, The Koehler Company, Tyson Foods and more. 

Workforce Solutions Alamo will be in attendance to assist job seekers for registering with Work in Texas and completing job applications. Applicants should dress formally and bring resumes. For more information on the SEDC Annual Job Fair call 1-888-4-SEGUIN or visit the SEDC's Facebook Page at www.facebook/seguinedc.

Seguin, Texas is on the rise.

Check out this quick infographic for some of the latest data encompassing our community's growth!

Seguin, Texas Highlights: 
Seguin is the county seat of Guadalupe County, one of the fastest growing counties in Texas in the last decade.

Retail trade area of nearly 115,000 - Seguin continues to experience  growth
and success.

Seguin has the largest manufacturing jobs per capita in the State of Texas.

Strategically located in south-central Texas on Interstate 10, Seguin is just 30 minutes east of San Antonio, 20 minutes from Interstate 35, and 45 minutes to Austin. Seguin benefits from the completion of SH 130 - providing fast, direct access from north of Austin to Seguin.

Contact Us:

Terry Trevino
Director of Economic Development
(830) 401-2476

Josh Schneuker
Assistant Director of Economic Development
(830) 401-2415

Ashlynn Tovar
 Economic Development Analyst
(830) 401-5005

Karlee Scheel
 EconomicDevelopment Specialist
(830) 386-2545

Seguin Economic Development Corporation