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Since 1994, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation has worked to promote Seguin as a premiere destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate. Voter created, SEDC receives a portion of Seguin’s sales tax to market Seguin and provide incentives to industries such as manufacturing, biotechnical, distribution, energy and technology. SEDC works with existing companies in Seguin and new businesses that are looking to expand their operations.

Seguin has a lot to offer businesses looking for a new location.

EXISTING INDUSTRY & INFRASTRUCTURE

Seguin is recognized for having the highest manufacturing jobs per capita in the state of Texas, with almost twice the national average manufacturing jobs. Seguin is home to Caterpillar, Cavco Industries, Alamo Industrial, Continental Automotive Systems, Tyson Foods, CMC Steel Texas, Minigrip, Star Manufacturing, Rave Gears and Hexcel Corp. just to name a few.

The Seguin Economic Development Corporation works with existing companies to retain them in our community. Recently, the SEDC worked with Continental Automotive Systems on a Business Retention and Expansion effort that brought the production of sensors currently only produced in Europe and Asia to its Seguin, Texas plant. This expansion will create over 300 new jobs and $113 million in new capital investment. Seguin was in competition with several locations within and outside the United States for the project. With aggressive recruitment and incentives, Seguin secured the project.

Furthermore, Seguin has existing infrastructure to allow for future growth. Through the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Cooperative, the City of Seguin has enough water supply to meet growing demand for generations to come. Seguin has extended its utilities over the last few years, bringing water, electric and sewer to areas ready for future development.

Seguin offers twelve parks. The parks offer volleyball courts, baseball fields, a wave pool and an eighteen hole golf course for visitors and citizens. Additionally, the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center recently completed a $100 million renovation and expansion which has doubled the hospital’s size and brought state of the art medical equipment to Seguin.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Seguin is thirty minutes east of San Antonio and forty five minutes south of Austin. Seguin has easy access to two international airports, two deep water ports and to two interstate highways, I-10 running east-west and I-35 running north-south. Since its completion in the Spring of 2012, Seguin benefits from the completion of SH 130 - providing fast, direct access from north of Austin to Seguin. SH130 offers motorists an alternative to the congested I-35.

Due to Seguin’s location, Seguin is a premier community for logistics and distribution. Products shipped from Seguin travel all across the United States and the world. The SEDC works to market Seguin’s strategic location to these businesses.

SUPPORT

The Seguin Economic Development Corporation is overseen by a Board of Directors that is composed of diverse business executives from throughout the community. The SEDC Board and staff work with industries to find the best incentive package that benefits both the community and the company.

Recently, the SEDC worked with manufacturing company Rave Gears to help further diversify our local economy as well as bring quality jobs and new capital investment into the community. The precision gears company has constructed its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Seguin. Over a five year period the company will create over $3 million in new capital investment and create 60 new jobs. In the summer of 2013, the La Vernia Municipal Development District partnered with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, regional allies, and economic development agencies to host a Governor’s Small Business Forum: Opportunities of the Eagle Ford Shale. Rave Gears, was a recipient of the Governor’s Small Business Awards at the event.'

Recently, SEDC also worked with the Dallas-based commercial real estate development firm Bandera Ventures. The firm has selected Seguin for the construction of a 300,000 square foot assembly and warehouse building. Over a five year period the project will create $12.5 million in new capital investment and 65 new jobs in the City and County.

In December 2008, the SEDC provided an incentive package to Caterpillar, Inc. to bring a 1 million square foot engine assembly, test and paint facility. The plant began operations in June of 2010 and will employ 1465 employees by 2012. This project was the largest job creation in the state for the biennium of 2008-2009.

In addition, Seguin has recently secured many new retail developments including: Steele’s, Pizza Hut, 7-11, Loves Travel Center, McDonald expansion, Subway, Schlotzsky’s, JJ’s Café, Rue21, Crescent Dental, WalMart, Burger King and more

The SEDC has built strong working relationships with city, county, state, school district and utility officials and through its partnerships; SEDC can help prospective industries earn the most well rounded incentive package. SEDC has worked with state officials to get businesses the Enterprise Fund and Skills Development Fund, as well as worked with city and county officials on tax abatement agreements. SEDC has also worked with both local school districts to get approval of Triple Freeport, which is an incentive that will abate qualified inventory that is in Texas less than 175 days.

The SEDC also partners with a neighboring community to fund the Central Texas Technology Center. The CTTC offers specialized education and workforce skill development to meet the needs of existing and prospective industries. SEDC also funds the Manufacturing Technology Academy at the CTTC which offers dual credit courses and internships for high school juniors and seniors.

AWARDS

The Seguin Economic Development Corporation’s commitment and hard work has been recognized by other communities and the state. SEDC has received the Texas Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award two consecutive years in a row, in 2009 for the recruitment of Caterpillar, Inc., and in 2010 for the retention and expansion of Continental Automotive Systems.

In 2012, Seguin earned TEDC’s Community Economic Development Award - Honorable Mention. Seguin’s work on the expansion project of Continental Automotive Systems earned the community the honorable mention at TEDC’s Community Economic Development Awards Ceremony. In 2012, Seguin was also honored by Southern Business and Development Magazine. Seguin was named ‘One of the Top Ten Small Southern Markets that is Seeing Its Economy Soar” due to our recent recruitment and retention of industry.

The awards that the SEDC have been presented are a testament to its commitment to the future of Seguin.

The Seguin Economic Development Corporation and the Seguin community have all the necessary assets to make your business a success! We welcome you and your business to Seguin!

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