Industrial park earns 'super' certification

The City of San Angelo’s Business and Industrial Park has been designated as AEP Texas’ first certified “Super Park” site by McCallum-Sweeney Consultants. 

McCallum-Sweeney is a leading international site selection consulting firm that has assisted companies such as Northrop Grumman, Harley-Davidson and Nissan. McCallum-Sweeney identified food and beverage processing, general machinery, and paper products manufacturing as targeted industries for the park, which boasts 746.7 acres of land at FM 380 and Loop 306, with utilities, available for development. Business Park_2_cropped

American Electric Power, parent corporation of AEP Texas, hired McCallum-Sweeny to develop and manage the certification process. AEP’s Quality Site Program aims to increase the number of project-ready industrial sites in communities served by the electric provider. 

The five-year certification enhances the business park’s marketability and improves San Angelo’s inventory of industrial properties.

“This program satisfies a growing need from companies looking for sites that are ready to develop and free from risk,” said Fred Hernandez, AEP Texas’ community affairs manager. “I’m pleased to say San Angelo will join a small list of progressive communities in the nation that have completed this rigorous site certification process.”

McCallum-Sweeney facilitates the location of operations involving manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, headquarters, back office/shared services, and contact centers.

“Companies are not willing to wait for a community to find an appropriate site and determine its suitability for development,” said Lindsey Myers, senior consultant and director of site readiness programs for McCallum-Sweeny. “That due diligence needs to be completed in advance of a prospect visit.”

John Bariou, president of the City of San Angelo Development Corp. board, added that the COSADC understands “decision-making timeframes for companies continue to shrink. Therefore, location decisions demand sites that are shovel-ready for development.” 

San Angelo re-launching Business Plan Competition 

The economic development partners housed in the City’s Business Resource Center are resurrecting a business plan competition that will award the winner $15,000 in cash plus in-kind products and services.

The San Angelo Business Plan Competition is open to entrepreneurs looking to launch local start-up businesses and existing business owners who are creating new ventures as separate entities. Advisers from the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center and students from the ASU College of Business will be available to guide and assist contestants in drafting their plans.

A business plan is a comprehensive document that provides an organized view of a specific business idea. Plans should reflect the vision of a market opportunity and serve as a blueprint for the development of the proposed business.

The competition will be conducted in three phases. In the first phase, a business overview that addresses market need for the proposed service or business, target customers, competitive advantages and revenue generation will be due by Feb. 2. Selected semi-finalists will submit a draft business plan that includes an operations plan, market and financial analyses, a sales strategy and a management profile by March 21. The final business plan will be due by April 18. Winners will be announced April 27.

Judges may also award a second-place prize of $10,000 cash plus in-kind rewards. Winners may also be eligible to apply for The Business Factory’s incubator program. The $25,000 in total cash prizes are being made available via a grant from the City of San Angelo Development Corp., which administers the half-cent sales tax for economic development.

Potential contestants can get more information in the SBDC’s offices in the Business Resource Center, 69 N. Chadbourne St., by calling 325-653-7197 or emailing businessplan@cvced.org.

The competition is being coordinated by the SBDC, The Business Factory and ASU’s College of Business. The competition was last conducted in 2009.

Economic Development Department 

The City of San Angelo Economic Development Department serves as the economic development arm of the City of San Angelo Development Corporation (COSADC).  The Vision/Mission statement of the City of San Angelo Economic Development Department is to serve the community as an organization comprised of highly trained professionals leveraging resources to diversify the economy, expand the tax base, foster business growth, and increase job opportunities.

Working with economic development partners, COSADC will retain, strengthen and diversify the job base of the community to ensure a vibrant business climate for San Angelo and the region.

Since its inception in 1999, the COSADC has been diligent in its allocation of half-cent sales tax funds to promote economic growth and sustainability for San Angelo and the region. Through job creation and retention, recruitment and expansion, special project funding and various other activities, the development corporation has concentrated its efforts toward improving opportunities and enhancing the lives of the citizens to grow a better San Angelo.

The Community Profile to the left of this page has been provided for your convenience to learn more about our community for development or site selection purposes. 

 

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Small Business Development Center

The Business Factory

Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley

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Angelo State University

Howard College

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

The Concho Valley Center for Entrepreneurial Development

The Concho Valley Angel Network