The Economic Development Department serves as the economic development arm of the City of San Angelo Development Corporation (COSADC). The vision/mission statement of the 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.

To learn more about San Angelo, please check out our 2017 Community Profile.

 

ACT Work Ready Community 

The Work Ready Community certification is a nationally recognized program that pairs employers’ support with assessments of employees and job seekers. Tom Green County is only the second nationally recognized Work Ready Community in Texas. This will help attract new business to the area. Local businesses can also use the program’s tools to hire and promote employees into optimal positions. That leads to reduced training costs, lower turnover, improved operations and customer service, and higher profits. Visit 
tomgreencountyworks.com for more information.

County earns Work Ready status

TGC Certified Badge

Tom Green County has earned a nationally recognized certification as a ACT Work Ready Community. 

The Work Ready Communities program will help Tom Green County develop a pipeline between skilled workers and employers. Work Ready communities improve and measure the skill level of their workforces through a recognized standard – the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™. This credential is issued at the bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels to indicate career readiness. 

To earn the community certification, local leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, an executive leadership program designed by ACT. They then worked toward certification goals through building awareness and commitment from local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers. 

“The progressive thinking of our community leaders and their positive action demonstrate an enduring commitment to growing the economic success of the San Angelo area,” County Judge Steve Floyd said.   

San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter added that “local residents will begin seeing the important link between education and workforce development, and the value of matching people to jobs.”   

Building blocks of the Work Ready program include:

  • ACT WorkKeys® assessments. These standardized tests measure a person’s essential work readiness skills in applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. Such skills are critical for most jobs.
  • ACT KeyTrain,® which helps workers improve their skill levels.
  • ACT Career Ready 101,™ which helps teachers bring work readiness into the classroom.
  • A job analysis system that helps employers understand ACT WorkKeys scores needed for entry into and effective performance in a given job.

State needs additional highway funding

The Texas highway funding gap remains an unsolved problem that impacts the entire state, including San Angelo and the Concho Valley.

Texas adds more than 1,000 new residents every day, and most bring vehicles with them. They don’t, however, bring more roads to accommodate the added number of cars and trucks.  Guy Andrews

The state’s population is projected to increase 50 percent by the time a child born this year graduates from high school. That translates to 14 million more Texans by 2035 – equal to the current combined populations of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas.

One of the most difficult challenges facing our growing state is maintaining and expanding a highway system in the face of such a population boom, aging roadways and the rapidly expanding number of heavy trucks, all while keeping the Texas economy thriving.

A decade ago, the Texas Transportation Commission’s 2030 Committee concluded the state needed more than $5 billion a year in additional funding just to maintain current traffic conditions. The comprehensive Texas Transportation Plan 2040 also concluded about $5 billion a year in additional funding will be needed just to keep congestion and road safety from worsening. 

In 2014 and 2015, voters statewide approved propositions 1 and 7, two state constitutional amendments that will dedicate about $5.3 billion a year in sales taxes and in oil and gas production taxes to highway improvements. Both of these revenue streams have the potential to grow in future years. 

The Legislature also ended the practice of diverting about $600 million a year from the highway fund to non-transportation purposes. However, $5.3 billion in 2020 has far less buying power than the $5 billion gap identified in 2009.

The decisions to redirect existing state revenues to highways have gone a long way toward dealing with Texas’ highway funding shortfall. Utilizing new funding, in addition to traditional fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, the Texas Department of Transportation anticipates it will award $6 billion to $7 billion a year in highway contracts over the next 10 years. But, that will be true only if lawmakers stay the course.

A lot more must be done to meet Texas’ long-term transportation funding needs. TxDOT’s San Angelo district alone has 20 unfunded projects that will cost more than $350 million. Many of those projects are made necessary because of the impact of oil-and-gas traffic on our region’s roadways. 

Statewide the list of needed but unfunded projects on the 10-year planning horizon exceeds $60 billion. Without a set of predictable, long-term financing sources and tools, hundreds of projects designed to get traffic moving will remain unfunded for many more years. 

When legislators established propositions 1 and 7, they included potential termination dates for those funds unless extended by lawmakers. Unless lawmakers act, Prop 1 will expire in just five years. Sections of Prop. 7 funding are set to expire in 2029 and 2032. In its recent interim report, the Texas House Transportation Committee recommended all three termination dates be removed.   

Highway mobility and safety in Texas will deteriorate dramatically if these critical transportation revenue sources expire. The Legislature should vote this year to eliminate or extend these expiration dates.

The voters of Texas did their job by approving Prop. 1 and Prop. 7 by more than 80 percent. Preserving them should be an easy call for our state lawmakers. Let’s urge our state lawmakers to unlock gridlock in Texas.

Guy Andrews is the director of economic development for the City of San Angelo. Contact him at (325) 653-7197 or guy.andrews@cosatx.us.