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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

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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 by building awareness among, cooperation with and a commitment by 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.

For more information, visit tomgreencountyworks.com.

In October 2016, San Angelo launched the WRC Initiative within Tom Green County. (Learn more here.) Since the launch, several local businesses have committed their support to the NCRC.

For employers

When you register your business as part of the WRC initiative, you are committing to finding top-notch candidates whose skills are certified. The first step: recommending that your applicants earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.

When you make that recommendation, not only are you able to instantly widen your talent pool, you gain the opportunity to quickly pinpoint exactly the type of candidate your business needs to efficiently and successfully fill that open position. As a result, your hiring decisions lead to increased workplace productivity, higher return on investment and cost savings.

To complete your employer registration form, click here. For more information, call Erin Medley with Workforce Solutions at 325-653-2321.   

Employer testimonials

“There was a time back in 2007-08 when we were seeing 100 percent turnover in our workforce," said Valerie Aymond of Gilchrist Construction Co. in Alexandria, Louisiana. "Some of that is because the work is seasonal. Some was because we tap into the same labor pool as other manufacturing and production employers. Our goal is to attract the best and brightest, and we want to retain them at Gilchrist Construction Co. and help them develop their skills. We now use these tools across the board for all external hires, as well as for internal promotions. That means every location, every position, without exception. The system is in place and working for us.”

“In Ohio, we have a manufacturing workforce that is bright and experienced, but not necessarily well-educated," said Sherry Kelley Marshall, president and CEO of Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board. "The NCRC offers those individuals who didn’t finish high school or pursue higher education a new credential to help document knowledge and skills. The NCRC allows them to demonstrate their intelligence and competency. When you see workers without a high school diploma or GED scoring 6s on their ACT WorkKeys tests, you see a visible boost in self-confidence.”

“We believe the testing complements our selection process by validating that internal and external candidates have the necessary foundational skills to do the job. It is one more data point to help us select the best candidate.” – NW Natural, Portland, Oregon.

For job seekers

Want to gain a competitive edge on your job application and stand out as a candidate? Register to earn the NCRC today!

The NCRC is a nationally recognized credential that certifies all of the skillsets you have accumulated during your professional experience. When you apply for a job, the NCRC compliments your resume and helps you market yourself as a qualified jobseeker. The WorkKeys Assessment includes three core sections: applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. Research has shown that individuals who excel in these three assessments demonstrate the foundational skills that help them excel in the workplace as well.   

To earn the NCRC, sign-up to take the WorkKeys Assessment at your local designated testing facility: Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley. For more information, contact Erin Medley with Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley at 325-653-2321 or Sara Lamog at The Work Ready Community Project Vista at 325-657-9214. 

Job seeker testimonials

“I learned that I’m smarter than I gave myself credit for," said Tina Smith, ACT NCRC recipient, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters employee. "And there are things I know from way back but I didn’t realize it until I took this course. It made me a better person and gave me confidence. The instructors were awesome; they made it fun.”

“At first I thought, ‘Oh great – another test to make me look stupid’" student Shaylunn Lee said. "But once I started it, it felt like the test was made for me. It told me my ups and how to improve my downs. By far, this is one of the best tests I have ever taken.”

“It felt good to earn my Gold ACT NCRC," said one recipient in Oregon. "I have a lot of confidence in myself, but it’s nice to have confirmation of what I can do. My certificate is something solid I can bring to an interview, and if an employer is using the ACT NCRC to help select applicants, then it gives me a leg up.”

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.