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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New agencys director sees long road ahead Department of Commerce aims to brighten future Chairman When the 70th Legislature created the Texas Department of It gave the new agency a formidable challenge Create a blueprint for Texas economic future and begin selling Texas as the best place In the country for business Investment and in my is the best place In America to make a job producing And It Is one of the best places to spend a The problem these facts have not been reaching enough of the business Investment and tourist industry When the news stories outside the state all focus on Texas when Texas banks and prominent people go the image Is that of a boom state gone Perception more than reality becomes A competitive campaign to promote the positive facts about Texas Including data on the comparative advantages of our state other industlal states will be a major priority for a agency This must succeed belong local economic development efforts can be fully In a recent briefing 1 gave to the members of the Texas Congressional Delegation In DC I outlined four major goals for the new state commerce I also asked our congressmen to act as honorary Texas commercial at taches to promote our state in Washington and wherever they four goals Help retain and expand the cur rent business and industrial base in side the Increase our states tourism marketing efforts and expand our ex isting tourism Improve the survial rate of small business In the Organize a costeffective marketing and adverising program aimed at attracting more new in dustries and businesses to the A major challenge of the state com merce department will be to help produce new The sober fact is that the states unemployment rate Is above the national To bring us to the national average would re quire that more Texans find Add to that fact that Texas is demographlcally a young which means the available work force will remain higher as a percent of population than many of our com petitive sister Small businesses can be a major new job creator for the Expan sion of existing medium and large businesses is another way to get more Texans Two of our major tasks are to focus on these job producing We must work to maintain where expand existing Texas Industries and A classic example might be the energy although no specific resources are targeted Energy in processing and equipment manufacturing has long been a major employer in the state and has excellent jobproducing potential for the It goes without saying that any bad news here coupled with continued lack of a national energy policy could result in a job loss that would wipe out major successes in attracting new industry The point is that we cannot take existing com panies for granted and the commerce department must be more attentive to their wellbeing and concerns as a major part of our strategic We must also work to improve the survival rate of small and minority owned Their wellbeing is heavily dependent on the overall wellbeing of the state economy and particularly the success of our larger institutions the rising tide lifts all the boats The major con tribution the state can make other than to improve the general economic wellbeing is to promote an educational system for new and Appraisal Notes Only should make changes to information on tax statements Q 1 have not yet received 1987 tax statements for my property Can you tell me when these should be and which office 1 should contact if there are problems with my statements A Section of the Texas Pro perty Tax Code mandates that tax statements be mailed by or as soon thereafter as practicable Both Comal County and the Comal Independent School District usually mail statements sometime In Oc or the eariy part of November The New Braunfels Independent School District and the Citv of New Braunfels are one a different collec lion The tax statements for these entities are mailed in June of the following If your property is in either the NB1SD or New will receive that statement next June The appraisal district is responsi ble for administration of the records and and the valuation of your property The taxing jurisdic tions collect taxes based on informa lion supplied to them by the locaJ ap praisal district Address and owner ship application for exemp tions and correction of errors must all be handled at the appraisal Homeowners take charge of River Run The Klver Run Condominiums Homeowners Association has taken over management of the complex from Cornerstone Development Cor poration o Austin The association elected director Ocl 24 with Gene Straughn elected president of the association Bill Kennedy is vice president and Lanelle Anderson is secretartreasurer John Ladshaw and Richard Ntnness were elected members of the board of directors The one twoand threebedroom condominiums at 500 N although privately are available for rent The complex was built in 1983 and some of the 63 con dominiums were auctioned in San Antonio and Houston after the real estate market slowed locally All of the condominiums have been said Nancy a member of the homeowners association Nine Eastman has been hired manager of the condominiums and Ladshaw said a fulltime maintenance worker will work at the maid service will be available at the complex MONDAY NOV 2 COUNTRY CRAFT SHOW featuring Ren Dorothy Cross Associates CHRISTMAS GIFTS COME EARLY for Super SELECTION CHAPTERS SHOWING Childrens Western Place JIN STORE FABRIC SPECIALS New Texas Briefs November Pa0e9A Edward Vetter existing entrepreneurs emphasizing managerial financing and cash flow These are some of the major tasks facing our new commerce depart Texas is a great And getting this message out more ag gressively to the marketplace will help us all do our jobs better in economic development for the It wont happen But it will Edward Vetter was appointed by Bill Clements to serve as chairman of the new Texas Depart ment of He formerly was the chief financial officer for Texas instruments where he worked for 23 Vetter served as Under Secretary of Commerce during the Ford Administration and also served as energy advisory to Clements during the governors first He owns a private investing and management consulting firm in Dallas Continued from page 8A Robert clinical director of the Sports Cllnique in San will conduct the Local realtors mark anniversary of group The South Central Texas Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors will celebrate Its first an niversary with a social 11 at Wolfgangs Keller at Prince Solms The organization is made up of specialists serving corportations in dustrial and commercial real estate spouses and guests are invited to attend the Alamo Lumber plans concrete batch plant Alamo Lumber plans to build a portable concrete batch plant at the WalMart Distribution Center site on Interstate 35 near Kohlenburg The plant will remain at the site only during the construction phase of the distribution Alamo Lumber officials are seeking approval from the Texas Air Control Board to pro ceed with their Salesmanship workshop to be held at Honors Hall Plans have been finalized for a workshop entitled Effective Human Relations Skills to be held 18 in Honors The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Promotions Committees subcommittee on seminars has ar ranged for the workshop to be con ducted in two sessions by Phillips College Office of Continuing Educa The workshop is designed primari ly for those in retail although serviceoriented businesses also will benefit by Each session is designed to sharpen peo ple skills employees need to treat their customers like they are so meone Included in each threehour session will be a presenta tion by the community relations deparment of Southwestern Bell on telephone Indentical morning and afternoon sessions are planned so employers may schedule their staff members to attend one or the other The morning session begins at and ends at with the afternoon session starting at 1 and ending Cost of the seminar is To contact the chamber of WestPoint Pepperell halts talks for sale WestPoint and Shaw have announc ed the termination of their agree ment in principle regarding the sale to Shaw of WestPoints Carpet and Rug In commenting on the Robert president and chief executive officer of and Lanier chairman and chief ex ecutive officer of WestPoint Pep cited recent market condi tions as a principle reason for the Shaw and Lanier added that they do not expect to resume negotiations on this transaction in the near district The appraisal district office will then notify each affected taxing jurisdiction of the corrected informa tion If you receive a tax statement for property you no longer the statement should either be forward ed to the new owner or returned to the tax office Name and address of the current owner and the date of if should be noted on the Tax statements should NEVER be discarded or disregard this can result in unnecessary penalty and interest charges to the current owner A Wonderful New World Fabrics WORLD OF FABRICS NiW SBAUNFftS THE CANYON LAKE AREA AND GREATER NEW BRAUNFELS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE JOIN IN ASKING YOU TO VOTE FOR THE COMAL COUNTY WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT NOVEMBER 1987 IT mean a savings to all county create new dollars for increased law enforcement and emergency place the costs for county services related to recreational activities on not property give control for efficient management of our natural and manmade resources to local authorities rather than state and federal enhance private enterprise opportunities and add safeguards to the rights of private property IT WILL give the right of eminent domain or property taxing authority to the It is the best way available for Comal Countians to ad dress the problems and opportunities of a growing recreational Thats why the Canyon Lake Area and the Greater New Braunfels Chambers of Commerce have joined together in asking the voters of Comal Coun ty to keep our controls at the local VOTE FOR WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT NOVEMBER
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