April 17 was a busy day for your Economic Development Foundation. The quarterly all-member board luncheon was held as well as our inaugural Board & Prospective New Member Social Hour from 5-6pm at The Venue. We had 200+ at the luncheon and 40+ at the social hour. This first ever social was an enjoyable time networking and socializing with a lot of new, as well as seasoned, business folks who are really enjoying doing business in our fair city. We are looking at a date sometime in July for our next EDF social hour and we will keep you posted; so don’t miss out on this one!
Of primary interest at the luncheon was the City Comprehensive Plan. The Steering Committee Chair, Ron Reaves, and City Planning Director Chris Looney updated us on the status of the first “master plan” for the city led by citizens since 1999. Get more information including a link to the presentation inside this issue.
In addition to that, one of the nine major tenants of the plan is something near and dear to my heart (and business) and that is tourism. Tourism IS economic development and I hope the presentation by me and Chamber CVB Vice President Judy Young provided attendees with proof of that. Read more and link to the latest economic impact analysis of New Braunfels’ visitor industry in this issue so you can fully understand just how much tourism contributes to our local economy and quality of life. It may surprise you.
Inside this newsletter you will also find that we have stories about the recent ceremony at the CTTC celebrating a major training grant for the training school, a future Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) initiative, and our very important MD:NB program. Pertinent as well as progressive and certainly worth celebrating!
Just recently Comal County was ranked as the #2 fastest growing county in the USA. In May, city rankings will be coming out from the census bureau and you can bet your boots that New Braunfels will likely be in the top 10 again. That is exciting for many reasons, and our job at the Foundation is to play a role in commercial and industrial growth. I thank each and every one of you for your membership which goes a long way in supporting these important efforts!
If you are not yet a member, come and join the team!
Mary Jane Nalley
2018 GNBEDF Chairman