History

The Greater San Marcos Partnership is a 501(c)6 regional economic development corporation serving Hays and Caldwell counties focused on directing future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. 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 corporation was officially organized in July 2010, but the work on a comprehensive economic development strategy began in January 2009 when greater San Marcos’ leaders first organized as the Partners for Progress, engaged Market Street Services to facilitate an economic development strategic plan, and elected Dr. Perry Moore, vice chancellor of academic affairs at Texas State University- San Marcos, to chair the effort.

Originating Partners for Progress investors included the City of San Marcos, who spearheaded the effort, Economic Development San Marcos (EDSM), the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, Hays County, Caldwell County, the city of Lockhart, the city of Luling, Prime Outlets, Texas State University- San Marcos, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) and Gary Job Corps.

For the first time in history, a regional cross-section of stakeholders in the two counties joined together to work on economic development. The partners became vested in the plan, contributing $125,000 to match the city of San Marcos’ $100,000 investment.

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

Finally, the GSMP partnered with the Texas State Small Business Development Center and arranged for them to house their operations in the new GSMP headquarters. This provides easy access to many services for local companies, and introduces new opportunities for GSMP and SBDC to collaborate and deliver training and technical assistance throughout the area.

GSMP received the ED Excellence Award from Carlton Schwabb (President & CEO of Texas Economic Development Council) in April 2010. In late 2010, the Greater San Marcos Partnership received the Spirit of San Marcos award from Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the “Best New Economic Development in Texas” award from Phyllis Snodgrass (Vice President of Chamber Relations, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives).