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Seguin, Texas serves as the county seat for one of the fastest growing county in the nation, Guadalupe County. Sustaining a competitive tax environment, a strong available workforce and ascending retail sales, Seguin is pro-business community that is committed to growth.

The year 2016 served as a milestone in Seguin. In Spring, 2016, the Seguin City Council approved a resolution that officially declared the current population of the City of Seguin to be 30,006. Up from the 2010 U.S. Census population of 25,175, Seguin's newly adopted 30,006 population figure reflects a 19% growth in approximately five years.

With a focus on housing development, primary job recruitment, attracting national retail chains, retention and expansion of current businesses, infrastructure improvements and small business development, Seguin's new population figure more accurately reflects the growth that has occurred in Seguin over the past few years.
 
Seguin serves as the retail hub for three major counties-Guadalupe, Gonzales and Wilson. Seguin is seeing business expansion city-wide, with many nationally known retailers entering, returning and expanding in the market. With new housing developments and increased traffic counts, Seguin has seen the pace of commercial development greatly increase in the past two years. Listed below are some of the recent retail recruitments and commercial property developments occurring in Seguin can be seen below.

Walmart Supercenter and Surrounding Retail Pad Sites: As informed by Walmart, construction has been slightly delayed, but progress is still on track for an early 2017 ground breaking for the new 182,000 square foot store to be located at the intersection of SH 46 and Interstate 10 in Seguin. The new store is an adjunct to and not a replacement for the existing 172,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter currently located in Seguin. Progress on the project has been delayed due to the nearby TXDoT construction occurring on Interstate 10. Walmart continues to submit plans and work with city staff to satisfy infrastructure needs.

In addition to nearly 30 acre tract of land in which the Walmart will be located, there is approximately ten acres of commercially zoned, planned retail space lining the Interstate frontage road. The ten acres has been subdivided into six retail pad sites. The local broker representing the ten acres recently reported that four of the six pad sites are under contract. Furthermore, all four of the future tenants are aware of the project's delay due to Interstate 10 construction, and intend on moving forward with purchase anyway.

Seguin Retail Center: Seguin continues to thrive as another multi-tenant retail development establishes on the city's west side. Located on SH 46 next to Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), the Seguin Retail Center will offer over 12,000 square feet of premier retail space and room to accommodate a Quick Service Restaurant. The new retail development will soon house multiple retail tenants, expanding the products and services available in Seguin. Site plan has been approved and building permits are ready to be issued.

Court Plaza Shopping Center: Positioned at 1507 E. Court St. in Seguin, the new 12,000 square foot retail center was built to accommodate up to six leasing tenants. Current tenants include Swirl's Frozen Yogurt, The Nail Salon and Tooth Time Family Dentistry, occupying 8,000 square feet of the shopping center feet and leaving up to three leasing spaces available for future tenants. The remaining 4,000 square feet is derived from two storefronts- one 1,000 square foot space and one 3,000 square foot space, which has the potential to be divided amongst two tenants (1,500 square feet each) if so desired.

King Plaza Shopping Center: Located across from the new H-E-B and the King Ranger Theatre, these two multi-tenant retail centers (Buildings A and B) offer a premier destination for commercial tenants. Phase 1 of the development included the 8,400 square foot Building B, located at 1415 E. Walnut St. Building B currently houses Payless ShoeSource, Supercuts and Fancy Nail Salon and Spa, leaving one 1,200 square foot space available for lease. Construction on Phase 2 of the King Plaza development is nearing completion, with Building A tenant specific improvements currently taking place. The 8,400 square foot Building A, located at 1417 E. Walnut St., currently houses Trinity Staff (no tenant improvements required) and will soon be occupied by a local physician, a dentist and a hearing aid specialist. There is still one 2,200 square foot space available for lease.

Schaefer Proposed Retail Development: Residents and visitors in Seguin are one step closer to seeing city's west side thrive, as construction concludes on the Schaefer Sanitary Sewer Expansion project. The project included the installation of an eight-inch, 12,000 LFT sanitary sewer line that runs along the west side of SH 46, from south of Best Dr. to south of C.H. Matthies Dr. The new sewer expansion will soon to service a 24+ acre proposed Retail Development, located at SH 46 and Interstate 10, adjacent to the Caterpillar manufacturing facility and the future Walmart.

Seguin Brewing: Seguin Brewing, located at 111 West Gonzales Street, opened in downtown Seguin on October 15, 2016. The company purchased the vacant building in the first part of 2016 and began the process of rehabilitating the property right away; work include exposing the brick walls, rebuilding the historic storefront, replacing all the mechanical, plumbing and electric, roof repairs, and pouring a concrete foundation. The work performed helped to save the historic building and bring a vacant block back to life.

The Aumont Saloon: Located within the historic Aumont Hotel built in 1916, the Aumont Saloon offers patrons a full bar with live music and excellent drinks. The owner of the bar leased the first floor and rooftop patio of the hotel and within three months completed renovations for the bar. Work continues on the rest of the hotel which will have eight apartments and nine offices available for lease when completed.

The Medical Terrace at GRMC: The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) continues to grow and expand-not only with exceptional physicians, but with state of the art facilities. This past October, GRMC celebrated the opening of the latest addition to the hospital campus, the Medical Terrace at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. The two-building complex is nestled among legacy oak trees at the south bend of King Street. Its two, 8,000-square foot buildings are named Palm and Cypress, as a reflection of its surroundings and the nearby Guadalupe River.

The Palm Building houses two primary care physicians (Frank Wright, MD, and Elena Soliz McAtee, MD, a pain management specialist (Stewart Zweikoft, MD) and an endocrinologist (Daniel Okorodudu, MD).

The Cypress Building houses two neurologists (Kevin McMahon, MD, and Colin Sanner, MD), a rheumatologist (Humayun Beg, MD) and an orthopedic spine surgeon (Zachary Garza, MD). Additionally, the Cypress Building will offer outpatient x-ray suite in the near future.

TLU Weston Center for the Performing Arts: August 23, 2016, marked the start of the 126th academic year at Texas Lutheran University (TLU). With more than 380 incoming freshmen and 50 transfer students, TLU is expanding to accommodate the increased enrollment. Construction has begun on the Caroline M. Weston Center for the Performing Arts. The construction of the expansion to Jackson Auditorium will begin over the next few months with the expectation of having TLU Dramatic Media in its new facility by August 2017 and the TLU School of Music in its two-story music facility by the end of 2017. With more than $11 million raised toward the total project cost of $15 million, TLU's goal is to raise an additional $4 million over the next year to complete the funding.

As Seguin experiences this abundant commercial growth, the community's housing market is thriving simultaneously. Seguin's residential real estate market continues to develop, with 1,750+ new single family rooftops planned, Seguin is soon become home to a substantial amount of people. The majority of these new houses will be accounted for in single family residential communities, zoned strictly residential. However, 400 of the new rooftops will be integrated into mixed use developments, in which the site plans allow for both residential and commercial development. Listed below are some of the mixed use developments planned for Seguin.

Seguin Commerce Center:  Seguin has partnered with New Quest Properties, a Houston based developer to develop a 500+ acre mixed use project including over 120 acres of prime retail along a newly constructed Interstate 10 frontage road. 1 million square feet and 120 acres of the Seguin Commerce Center will be dedicated to retail development including space for an anchor tenant, junior anchors, inline tenants and (quick serve restaurant) pad sites. The remaining 225 acres will be subdivided among multi-family, senior living, and single family residential housing. New Quest Properties has informed Seguin Economic Development Corporation staff that their development team is currently in the process of making some minor changes to the existing site plan, in order to better accommodate a prospective anchor tenant.
Additionally, Staff was informed that the development team is in the process of reviewing builder proposals for the residential portion of the Seguin Commerce Center, which will replace the proposed industrial portion included in earlier, outdated site plans. Currently, engineering plans for boring under Interstate 10 to provide sewer access to the mixed use development site, are in design and a preliminary drainage plan has been approved. Access roads in front of the development have been completed by TxDOT & the second phase of the project is underway. Access roads in Phase 2 will run along East & West bound Interstate 10 lanes between SH 46 & SH 123 Business. Phase 2 also includes a reconfiguration of the Interstate 10, Hwy 46 & FM 78 intersection.

Greenspoint Mixed Use Development: Bordered by SH 46 on the east, Rudeloff Road on the north, and FM 78 on the south, this 264 acre, mixed used development consists of 39 commercially zoned acres, leaving the remaining 225 acres zoned residential. The Greenspoint development team has been working to secure a 240 unit, Class A Multi-family apartment complex. The 13 acre tract proposed for the multi-family complex is currently under contract. Commercial sites, lining the front of the development on SH 46, are currently for sale. The first commercial development, the Corner Store, has recently been completed. Crews are working to get infrastructure in place to support future commercial & residential developments at the site. Greenspoint is currently making its way through the city development process. Plats for three commercial lots and 18 single-family lots received.

Bauchman Proposed Mixed Use Development: Located at the southeast corner of Interstate 10 and SH 123 Bypass, the proposed Bauchman development will consist of 129 acres. The proposed mixed use development will include both single family and multifamily residential, a retirement community and commercial space along the Interstate10 frontage road.

Separate from the 400 new rooftops planned for mixed use developments, 1,550+ new rooftops will be accounted for in single family residential communities, zoned strictly residential. Seguin experienced a 160% increase in new single family permits issued over the past three years- with 97 permits issued in 2014, 209 permits issued in 2015 and 252 single family permits issued in 2016. With the previous three years averaging 186 permits issued, city staff is confident that 2017 will be another record breaking year for permits issued in Seguin. The 1,550+ new single family rooftops will be located in single family residential communities listed below.

The Meadows at Nolte Farms:  Located on SH 123 Bypass, just north of the Guadalupe River, the Meadows at Nolte Farms will add 195 new single family homes to Seguin. With Phase 1 complete, and only a few lots remaining in the development, construction crews are in the process of Phase 2 of the development. 

The Village at Mill Creek Crossing: An expansion of the already existing Mill Creek Crossing single family residential community, will bring 400 new rooftops to the area. Construction crews are working to get infrastructure needs in place at the "Village at Mill Creek" site, with a tentative goal of lot completion in 2016.

Butte Meadows: Preliminary site plans and Phase 1 development plans have been approved for the new single family residential development set for the west side of Seguin. Located at the southeast quadrant of SH 46 and Rudeloff Road, Butte Meadows will consist of 400+ new rooftops. Currently, the lots have been platted, and the developers are in the process of recruiting builders.

Other multi-family housing complexes planned for our community also play a part in Seguin's thriving housing market. Separate from the 1,750+ new single family rooftops planned in Seguin, several multi-family apartment complexes and duplexes emerging in the local market are listed below.

Walnut Grove Apartments: Located at 1400 East Walnut Street and situated in the center of Seguin's most established retail, Walnut Grove Apartments offers Seguin residents luxurious lodging in the heart of town. Recently opened in late 2016, the 116 unit apartment community introduces three spacious floor plans ranging from 768 to 1,316 square feet of living space. The one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes each feature black energy efficient appliances throughout the kitchen, granite counter tops, in unit washers and dryers, 9-foot ceilings, crown molding, large walk- in closets, ceiling fans, spacious balconies and so much more. Located across the street from Seguin's new 100,000 square foot HEB and two, brand new multi-tenant retail centers consisting of 16,800 square feet of retail, Walnut Grove Apartments offer lifestyle convenience while still maintaining a cozy, quaint environment for its residents.

Navarro Crossing Duplexes: Construction on the new Navarro Crossing duplex condominium development being built in the Navarro ISD school district, on Hwy 123 next to Glass Chalk began in 2015. Navarro Crossing is expected to have a total of 58 units/29 duplexes. Each unit will consist of three bedrooms and two baths, with a garage and privacy fence. Building permits have been issued for two structures (four units). Construction of remaining units, driveways and utilities is underway.

Park West Apartments: Located in close proximity to Seguin's newest park, Park West, this apartment complex is set to have up to 200 units. Zoning has been approved and plats have been submitted for the ten acre site.

Oak Hollow Apartments: Built in 2012, the Oak Hollow Apartment Community has continued to serve as a popular spot to call home for residents of Seguin. Located at 1439 Barnes Drive, the 160 unit multi-family apartment complex offers three spacious floor plans ranging from 614 to 1,050 square feet of living space. As a result of increased demand for apartment style living in Seguin, Oak Hollow is in the process of configuring infrastructure plans for a 96 unit community expansion.

Environmental quality, outdoor recreation, culturally desirable activities, and convenient local amenities are all believed to be vital to foster economic growth and job creation by retaining local businesses and attracting inward investment. The City of Seguin continues enhance our community by investing in projects and initiatives that increase the quality of life for residents in Seguin. Below are updates on various projects affecting the quality of life in Seguin.

Walnut Springs Trail:  Early January 2017 marked the opening of the two-and-a-half-mile Walnut Springs hike and bike trail that runs through the center of Seguin and brings together parks, schools, neighborhoods, businesses and downtown Seguin. The starting point of the newly opened trail is at FM 78 and Walnut Branch, the trail then travels south alongside Tyson Foods, through Seguin's recently opened Park West, around Juan Seguin Elementary, then behind the Seguin Police Department, through Walnut Springs Park and new Seguin Public Library, where is terminuses at west Covenant Street. The more than $3 million in funding for this project came as a collaboration between TxDOT and the City of Seguin, meaning the state also supports Seguin's potential for growth and development. With plans to eventually extend to Starke Park, the City of Seguin's parks and trail system immensely adds to the quality of life for Seguin residents.

Seguin Public Library:  Opened this past September, the new, state-of-the-art Seguin Public Library sits near the center of town, right on the Walnut Branch and the hike/bike trail that runs through town. Funded by a 2013 voter-approved bond package, the new library holds more computers, more books and has more space to welcome people for meetings and classes. Consisting of 40,000 square feet, the new library also has a children's center with a story room overlooking Walnut Branch, two terraces with outdoor seating, and a technology lab on the second floor.

Seguin Animal Services Facility:  Located at Fred Byrd Drive and South Austin St., the new 10,000+ square foot Seguin Animal Services Facility is expected to be complete in Spring 2017. The new facility features playrooms, viewing areas, a medical room, glass-sided kennels and "get-to-know rooms" that city leaders hope will promote adoptions and thereby reduce the number of future strays put down.

The City of Seguin and Seguin Economic Development Corporation leadership continue to place economic development as a high priority. The recently adopted 30,006 population figure not only reflects the growth our community has seen in the past five years, but it sets the tone for future growth as the city continues to recruit more retail developments, retain and expand its manufacturing sector and grow its housing market. The city-wide business expansion that our community has seen in the past few years; whether it be additional rooftops, new retail recruitments or new jobs; illustrates that Seguin is a great place to live, work and play.




ECONOMIC IMPACT
SEGUIN AND SAN ANTONIO MSA ECONOMIC TRENDS
A STRONG FINISH TO 2016 AND A POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR 2017
Economic conditions throughout Texas, the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the City of Seguin are trending in a positive direction. On December 16, 2016, Workforce Solutions Alamo release the November Jobs Report that indicated that the City of Seguin unemployment rate had dropped to 3.4 percent for the month, down from 3.5 percent in October. The City of Seguin unemployment rate registered lower than the overall jobless rate of 3.5 percent for the 8-county San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties. The City of San Antonio registered a 3.3 percent unemployment rate, while the City of New Braunfels registered 3.0 percent, the City of Cibolo at 2.9 percent and the City of Schertz 3.2 percent. Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in November. The nation's unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 4.4 percent in November. Comparatively, the state and nation released seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, with Texas decreasing to 4.6 percent in November while the nation's unemployment rate also went down to 4.6 percent.
 
The number of individuals in Seguin who had a job in November was estimated to be 12,134. Within the San Antonio MSA, the number of people in the market who had a job in December climbed to 1,017,000. It's the first time the San Antonio MSA has closed out the year with more than 1 million people employed, according to Workforce Solutions Alamo. A number of industries are contributing to the growth in employment within the San Antonio MSA. Between November and December, the Manufacturing sector added 300 new jobs, the transportation and utilities sector added 900 new jobs, and the education and health services sector added 1,700 new jobs. Overall, the San Antonio MSA has seen a 2.2% increase in the 2016 annual growth rate for total nonagricultural employment.
 
As we enter 2017, the economic outlook looks relatively positive, especially for the manufacturing sector. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas published the Manufacturing Outlook Survey in December. The survey shows that its production index, a key measure of the state's manufacturing conditions, rose by five points to 13.8 in December, suggesting faster output. Other measures of current manufacturing activity also indicated expansion. The new orders index climbed nine points to 7.3, the capacity utilization index shot up 10 points to 13.8, its highest reading in more than two years, and the shipments index climbing seven points to 4.7.

With low taxes, a predictable regulatory climate and a skilled workforce, Texas continues to be a national leader in economic growth. The Seguin Economic Development Corporation believes that with numerous economic indicators trending in a positive direction, the City of Seguin will continue to see further growth an investment in 2017.










LOCAL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE TRACTOR SUPPLY REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
LOCAL OPERATIONS CONTINUE TO FLOURISH IN 2017



Situated on 13 acres along State Highway 123 Business, just north of Interstate 10, Tractor Supply's Regional Distribution an Mixing Center operates right here in Seguin, Texas.
 
On October 21, 2014, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and the Seguin City Council announced that Tractor Supply Company would be locating their new distribution facility in Seguin. The SEDC and City Council approved an incentive package to recruit the project which has created over $8,000,000 in new capital investment and a minimum of 19 new jobs at an annual payroll of $627,000. Over the period of the incentive package, the City, County and School District were anticipated to receive $827,150 total in new property tax revenue, net of the tax abatement. Some of the key factors that influenced Tractor Supply Company to locate their distribution center in Seguin was the easy access to major thoroughfares, access to a quality workforce, and close proximity to one of Tractor Supply Company's major suppliers, Cargill.
 
Tractor Supply Company began construction of their 100,000 square foot facility in April 2014. The distribution center was built on a site that was a part of a 48-acre tract formerly owned by the Seguin Economic Development Corporation. A little more than a year after breaking ground, Tractor Supply Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 12, 2015 to officially open its new regional distribution and mixing center.
 
"We are very happy to have Tractor Supply Company's Regional Distribution and Mixing Center located right here in Seguin, Texas. This project was a win for everyone. The City of Seguin was able to secure new jobs and capital investment , while our strategic location along Interstate 10 provides Tractor Supply Company with quick access to the markets they service within South Texas." Said Josh Schneuker, Director of Economic Development for the City of Seguin.

Tractor Supply Company's Distribution Center specializes in providing the distribution of higher volume consumer goods to Company owned and operated stores. 
The Seguin Facility is the southernmost in the State of Texas, currently servicing 67 stores around South Texas, the closest being Seguin and the farthest about 260 miles away in San Benito, Texas. The distribution center is also referred to as a mixing center because palates are mixed together from other loads at the facility.

Tractor Supply's Regional Distribution Center continues to flourish. At the start of their operations in November 2015, the Seguin facility averaged about 115 outbound loads and about 115 inbound per week; a threshold of a little over 200 loads per week. Today, they run a rigorous schedule averaging over 400 inbound and outbound loads a week.  Their 24 hour operations continuously succeed in achieving their operational goals while keeping their mission and values in mind.
 
"I am very pleased with the level of support we have received from the City of Seguin, and particularly the Seguin Economic Development Corporation." Being one of the few distribution facilities in the city, it was very encouraging to see the way the city has embraced the business. We have been able to build relationships within the community and have worked tirelessly to have an impactful footprint. We have experience growth and success in the short amount of time we have been operating here and look forward to strengthening these bonds in the future." Said Patrick Pope, Operations Manager for the Tractor Supply Company Distribution Center.
 
Tractor Supply Company currently owns and operates over 1,600 stores in 49 states supplying basic maintenance products to home, land, pet and animal owners. In the future the Tractor Supply Company hopes to grow nationally to 2,500 stores. South Texas is also expected to see growth with the company, which the new Seguin distribution center will help service. Tractor Supply Company is hopeful that the growth and prosperity they have experienced in Seguin continues into the future. 
CONTACT US
Joshua Schneuker
Director of Economic Development
jschneuker@seguintexas.gov
830-401-2415

Karlee Scheel
Business Recruitment Specialist
kscheel@seguintexas.gov
830-386-2545

Ashlynn Tovar
Business Retention Specialist
atovar@seguintexas.gov
830-401-5005

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