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Join Team GSMP throughout the year for our Signature Events, BIZtalks Business Speaker Series, and more!



2nd: National Manufacturing Day


12th: Greater San Marcos Economic Outlook

Our region has received national attention for its growth and transformation. Forbes has called our region “America’s Next Great Metropolis. Considering the implications of COVID-19 and the outcome of the presidential election, will the region continue its growth trajectory?

Join the Greater San Marcos Partnership in person or virtually as we examine the data, issues, and strategies that will impact the economy in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor.

Our keynote speaker, Charles Dougherty, is a vice president & economist with Wells Fargo Securities. He covers the commercial real estate, housing, and construction sectors of U.S. regional and macro economy. Charles’ commentary has been featured in Bloomberg News and The Washington Post.

We will also feature Adrianna Cruz from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott, who will provide insights on the Texas economy looking toward fiscal year 2021, and a panel of local experts who will discuss the economic outlook of real estate in the Greater San Marcos region.

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Previous Events    

August 20th: GSMP EVENT: A Discussion on COVID-19 & the Economy with Judge Ruben Becerra & Judge Hoppy Haden

The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) featured Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden together for a virtual discussion about the current state of the region. Topics included insights into the regional economy amid the COVID-19 environment and the future of economic development in the Greater San Marcos region. A Q&A session followed their remarks. A link to the conversation is here.

August 5th: Resources for Recovery Webinar 4: Creative Capacity-Building

Topic: Resources available from investors, financiers, co-working spaces, and more
Day/Time:  Wednesday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Session Description: This webinar session will feature Ms. Carina Boston Pinales, co-owner of Splash Coworking, a visionary at navigating processes and tools to optimize the people side of change. She will be joined by a venture capital representative and together, they will give you new perspectives on your business future.



July 29th: Resources for Recovery Webinar 3: Regional Support Systems for Business

Topic: Resources available for business at the county level
Day/Time:  Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Session Description: Learn about the many government and business associations charged with supporting business and economic development in your community and how you benefit.


July 22nd: Resources for Recovery Webinar 2: Short & Long Term Business Resiliency

Topic: Resources available from Chambers, EDOs, Counties, and Cities
Day/Time:  Wednesday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Session Description: Session 2 will bring valuable information on Small Business Development Center and SCORE assistance, funding available through CDFIs like LiftFund and PeopleFund and Dr. Cara DiMattina Ryan will share how the Texas Workforce Commission can support your business resiliency.



July 15th: Resources for Recovery Webinar 1: Critical Needs of Businesses in Recovery

Topic: Resources available from the Governor’s Office, SBA, and Workforce Solutions
Day/Time:  Wednesday, July 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Session Description: Your business has survived five long months, but recovery is not complete. Join our speakers as they share valuable resources for today's COVID environment: Ms. Kelly Spillane, Small Business Advocate from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott will share an update on Texas resources. Additionally, the Small Business Development Center will provide an update on federal funds and the Texas Workforce Commission will be able to cover hiring resources and answer such questions as employer obligations for returning furloughed employees, meeting PPP forgiveness obligations, filling position openings and other workforce issues.



Contact information for presenters:
Barbara Thomason, GSMP: barbarat@greatersanmarcostx.com
Kelly Spillane, Office of the Governor: kelly.spillane@gov.texas.gov
Joe Harper, SBDC: joe.harper@txstate.edu
Diane Tackett, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: diane.tackett@ruralcapital.net
Tommy Simmons, Texas Workforce Commission: tommy.simmons@twc.state.tx.us

2nd Annual Education Summit

Throughout the month of November, GSMP and the regional Chambers of Commerce hosted tours of the Independent School Districts throughout the region for an in-depth look at what our future workforce is learning. The event featured a Keynote Presentation by the Founder of E3 Alliance, Susan Dawson, and concluded with a panel of superintendents from San Marcos CISD, Hays CISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Lockhart ISD, and Luling ISD. 

6th Annual Innovation Summit 

Governor Greg Abbott welcomed attendees to the Texas Innovation Corridor, Dr. Denise Truath delivered the State of Texas State University and we discovered what it takes to disrupt an industry from a panel of innovators who lead companies in the region. Then, we recognized an innovative company with the Burdick Award for Innovation. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES: Find regional resources and updates for businesses here. Go To Info