About Us

The Greater San Marcos Partnership is a public-private partnership focused on job creation and increased investment in Hays and Caldwell Counties, diversifying the regional economy and creating economic opportunity for our citizens.
 
Our mission is to promote sustainable and comprehensive economic development in the greater San Marcos region by implementing a five-year economic development strategic plan.

The GSMP was officially organized in July 2010, but the work on a comprehensive economic development strategy began in January 2009 when greater San Marcos’ leaders engaged Market Street Services as facilitator.

In October 2010, the GSMP embarked on a public-private fundraising campaign to underwrite the $4MM five-year implementation plan. By April 2010, the partnership had secured funding from 75 public-private investors and opened new offices at 1340 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, Texas.

Besides implementing the strategic plan, the GSMP administers separate contracts with Hays County and the City of San Marcos for economic development services. The GSMP also oversees and administers Economic Development San Marcos (EDSM), a thirteen-member city appointed board charged with the review and approval of business incentive requests for the City of San Marcos.

The end result is a regional economic development organization promoting the greater San Marcos area as the focal point for growth between Austin and San Antonio.

For the first time in history, a regional cross-section of stakeholders in the Hays and Caldwell Counties has joined together to work on economic development.

The GSMP achieved its goal to secure $4MM through a capital campaign to implement the five-year strategic plan.  The funds are used to support three goals outlined in the plan:

  • Economic Diversification: business recruitment, retention and expansion;
  • Workforce Excellence: collaborating with public school systems, Texas State University, Austin Community College and Gary Job Corps; and
  • Quality of Place: preserving the resources to attract and retain members of a talented workforce.

In its first year of operation, GSMP received recognition from the Texas Economic Development Council - Economic Development Excellence Award, and the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives - Best New Economic Development Program in Texas.

The Greater San Marcos Partnership is poised to help strengthen the regional community and promote the economic environment and quality of life to national and global prospects.