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May 2017 - In This Issue:

TOGETHER - SHAPING THE FUTURE.
The vision of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation is to foster an environment that facilitates meaningful employment and diversified capital investment resulting in Hutto being a desirable and profitable business location.

 



Upcoming Events:

Power Breakfast
May 4, 2017








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Hutto Economic
Development Corporation
Board of Directors

Mario Pere z
Chairman

Doug Fell
Vice-Chairman

Garry Guthrie
Treasurer

Anne Cano
Secretary

Jeff Coombs

Gerry "Kim" Engram

Jazlyn Wiles


 
 



Hutto Economic  
Development Corporation  
Staff

President and CEO

Jason Nicholas
Vice President
 
Emily Butler
Executive Assistant

LETTER FROM  THE 
PRESIDENT and CEO
Tim Chase

Talent Recruitment: Money Talks

My favorite place-marketing firm 
is  Development Counsellors Intern ational (DCI) which is based in New York, NY.   They are at the top of the game when it comes to marketing a community for new investments.  They recently appointed a director responsible for helping communities win the talent war. Last month,  DCI published survey results of 1,000 working-age individuals across the country which asked:

  • What are the most important career and benefit-related factors when considering a new job opportunity?
  • How do various career and lifestyle factors weigh on the decision to relocate and how do they differ by life stage/age?
  • What are the most influential sources of information when evaluating various communities in which to locate?

The report begins with "If you think people choose location first and jobs second, you may want to think again." Survey respondents ranked Salary #1 with Location ranked #5.  Benefit Package ranked #2, specifically Health Insurance, and the overall Cost of Living tied with Paid-Time Off for #3. 

Across all the survey question results, there were no significant divides among age groups. Slight differences could be found when respondents over the age of 35 ranked Climate very high and those under 45 looked for Top-Quality K-12 Education.  When asked about company benefits, Retirement Plans and Stock Options are more important to those over the age of 35, while Maternity Leave Policies and Tuition Reimbursement are important for respondents under the age of 35.

The most effective methods of selling a community are: 1) First-hand Experience, 2) Word of Mouth, 3) Internet Research, 4) Social Media, and finally, 5) Media Coverage Rankings.  While attractive job opportunities capture talent's attention, travel forms their locational perceptions. DCI recommends Economic Development Corporations should partner with local tourism groups to ensure that visitors' first-hand experiences showcase "what the locals do" so visitors can imagine themselves not just visiting, but living in the community.

Whether it is the importance of salary or the cost of living, it is clear that money plays a major role in people's job search and relocation decisions. DCI recommends, "If community employers lack competitive industry salaries, try to market a lower cost of living or housing instead and stack yourself up against higher-cost competitors. While the results of this survey give you a peek into the minds of talent across the nation, the findings are meant to give your talent attraction efforts a foundation, not a specific strategy."






May 4, 2017  

Guest Speaker: 

Helen Ramirez

Executive Director of Business and 
Development Services 
City of Hutto
Helen Ramirez, AICP, the Executive Director of Business and Development Services for the City of Hutto, will provide the community with an update on the City of Hutto Future Land Use Map ( FLUM).
Prior to her current position, Ramirez served as the Director of Development Services beginning May 2015. She is charged with leading development and growth for one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. As Executive Director, she oversees the City's Planning & GIS, Building Inspection & Code Enforcement and Parks & Recreation Divisions.  She previously worked as Senior Urban Planner and Business Manager for PROINTEC, a leading international  engineering, planning, architectural firm with subsidiaries in over 20 countries. She has also served as a City Planner for different municipalities throughout Southern California including the cities of Hawthorne and La Habra and the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CDC).
Ramirez holds a Bachelors in Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo and completed postgraduate courses in commercial development from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Helen is on the Technical Advisory Committee for Project Connect, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.
Ramirez and her husband, Juan, have three children, Juan Miguel, Ian and Vega.
 


Please Join Us!

The Hutto Power Breakfast is held the
First Thursday of each month at 7:30 am

EWCHEC - Hutto 
1600 Innovation Blvd.
3rd floor
Hutto, TX 78634

No RSVP required.


COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS
   
Type A Economic Development Sales Tax Allocation
Fiscal Year
March
April
Cumulative
Total
1997/98
$1,730.68
$1,124.52
$40,417.02
1998/99
$3,996.65
$1,380.71
$32,045.20
1999/00
$1,819.40
$3,719.04
$35,093.61
2000/01
$2,720.66
$4,346.71
$50,940.93
2001/02
$3,113.69
$4,127.65
$58,299.83
2002/03
$4,935.68
$4,284.53
$73,572.84
2003/04
$5,727.65
$5,203.96
$98,841.25
2004/05
$16,867.68
$12,700.25
$216,990.28
2005/06
$23,930.39
$20,865.44
$336,629.05
2006/07
$21,218.01
$26,069.31
$376,036.41
2007/08
$33,150.36
$28,878.89
$481,309.64
2008/09
$28,820.17
$33,722.39
$495,826.74
2009/10
$31,149.48
$30,156.44
$467,917.40
2010/11
$35,352.26
$33,488.22
$509,128.41
2011/12
$40,981.09
$39,045.30
$580,957.66
2012/13
$46,042.35
$43,895.93
$627,678.95
2013/14
$42,999.05
$45,217.81
$668,340.52
2014/15
$52,829.52
$50,361.53
$768,894.59
2015/16
$60,032.14
$61,823.20
$860,202.55
2016/17
$85,605.74
$81,500.98
*566,924.79
 
 
*Cumulative Fiscal year-to-date Data Figure

 

Single Family Building Permits Issued by Month
Month
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
20 16
2017

January
71
64
 18
20
23
10
11
18
84
  24

  57

February
49
49
 15
6
11
32
53
11
12
  40
   9
March
84
47
 14
6
22
11
65
55
14 45 36
April
75
46
 48
6
24
19
32
54
18
103
  22
May
37
29
 22
36
12
8
16 
29
21
17

June
44
22
 29
17
8
9
29
118
16
20
July
34
32
 39
6
20
40
43
25
24
  33
August
25
41
 22
11
17
22
32
18
21
  13
September
24
28
 24
7
10
19
18
18
10
  12
October
51
5
 19
7
5
44
28
18
31 25
November
60
9
  6
17
26
2
 24
40
34
  17
December
7
12
  7
15
9
10
 13
25
25
  18
TOTAL
561 384 263 154 187 226 364 429 310 367 124

*Cumulative year-to-date Data Figure

Year-to-Date Single Family Permits
Year
Total as of April
+/- Previous Year to Date
2015
128
-7.25%
2016
212
65.65%
2017
124
-41.51%

    

March 2017 Unemployment Rates

Area

Mar '17 

Feb '16

Mar'16

Austin/Round Rock MSA

3.6%

3.7%

3.1%

Texas

5.0% 

5.1%

4.5%

National

4.6%

4.9%

5.1%



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