New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
New agency's director
sees long road ahead
Department of Commerce aims to brighten future
H«r«kFZottung New Braunfels ^e*as
Sunday November 1 1987
By EDWARDO. VETTER Chairman
When the 70th Legislature created the Texas Department of Commerce. 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 tourism
Texas In my mind Is the best place in America to make a Job producing Investment And It is one of the best places to spend a vacation The problem is these facts have not been reaching enough of the business investment and tourist industry, decision makers When the news stones outside the state ail focus on Texas problems when Texas banks and prominent people go bankrupt the image is that of a boom state gone bust
Perception more than reality becomes important A competitive campaign to promote the positive facts about Texas including data on the comparative advantages of our slate vs other mdustial states will be a major priority for a agency This must subcell before local economic development efforts Van he fully effective
In a recent briefing I gave to the menders of the Teva* Congressional I>eiegation in Washington DC I outlined four major goals for the new
state commerce department I also asked our congressmen to act as ’ honorary Texas commercial at taches to promote our state in Washington and wherever they go The four goals:
1 Help retain and expand the cur rent business and industrial base in side the state
2 Increase our state's tourism marketing efforts and expand our ex istmg tourism industry
3 improve the surv lal rate of small business in the state
4 Organize a cost effective marketing and adversing program aimed at attracting more new in dust ides and businesses to the state
A major challenge of the state com merce department will be to help produce new jobs The sober fact is that the state s unemployment rate is above the national average To bring us lo the national average would re quire that 150.000 more Texans find jobs Add to that fact that Texas is demographically a young state which means the available work force will remain higher as a percent of population than many of our com petitlve sister stater
Small businesses can be a major new job creator for the state Kxpan sion of existing medium and large businesses is another way to get more Tex aas emploved I wo of our
major tasks are to focus on these job-producing areas
We must work to maintain and, where possible expand existing Texas industries and companies A classic example might be the energy industry although no specific resources are targeted there Energy in production processing and equipment manufacturing has long been a major employer in the state and has excellent job producing potential for the future
It goe' without saying that ary bad news here coupled with continued lack of a national energy policy could result in a job loss that would wip** out major successes in attracting new industry elsewhere The point is that we cannot take existing com panics for granted and the commerce department must be more attentive to their well being and concerns as a major part of our strategic thrust
We must also work to improve the survival rate of small and minority owned business***' Their well being is heavily dependent on the overall well being of the state economy and particularly the success of our larger institutions the rising tide lifts ail the boats theorem The major con tribution the state can make other than to improve the general economic well tieing is to promote an educational svxtem for new andAppraisal Notes
Only C.A.D. should make changes to information on tax statements
W I have not yet received HHT? tax statements for my property t an you ted me when these should be maned
and which office I should contact if there are problems with my statements*'
\ vs twin ii ol of the Texas Pro pert) Tax t ode mandates that tax statements be mailed bv < act I or as soon thereafter as practicable Both Comal County and the Comal Independent V bool inst net usually mali statements sometime in <»c lofter or the early part o! November
The New Hraunieis Indepeaicnt
bshuoi iMstnct and the i tv of New
Braunfels are one a different toilet tKHI schedule The tax statement' for these entities are mal led in June of the follow mg year lf your property is in either the NB1SD or New Braunfels you alb rrvetve that statement next June The appraisal district is resp*ms hie for administration of the records and exemptions and the valuation of your property The taxing jurist!* tams coiled taxm bases! on mlorma hun supplied to them bv the toe a1 ap praisai district \ddrrss and owner ship i flanges application for rxemp lions and oorreeti«*r. of errors must all ta* handled at the q>praisa!
district The appraisal district office will then notify each affected taxing jurisdiction ot the corrected mforma
lf you receive a tax dalement for propertv you no longer own the statement should either be forward rd to the new owner or returned to the tax office Name arni address of the current owner and the dale of nu.** if known should ta* noted un 'instatement I ax statements should NEV EK be dis*, ariled or disregard ed this can result in unnecessary penalty and interest charges to the current ow ne-
Homeowners take charge of River Run
The Kivrr Hun Condominiums Homeowners Association has taker, over management ut the complex from i urnersUtor lieveiupmmt i or pnratktfiof Kus*.in The avMK'taiiun elected director ilet .4 with Get** Straughn elected president of the asst* tailor Bill Kennedy IS vice president and L 4 n r I I r Anderson is set ret arx treasurer John I .advt a* and Ku hard Ninon* were cie* its! inemhrrs of the t*>ard of directors
The one two and three bedroom ixmdominiunis al aw N Market although privater owned are available for rent The complex wa' built in intl and some of the Ai con dominiums were auclionesi in San Vntonie anti Houston after th** rea estate market Mowed lor ally All of the cuntkimimums haxr f**en sold said Nanty laidshaw a member of the homeowners association
Nira Eastman ha> tierr, hired *> manager of the condominiums an*.
I. a d s h a w mamtenam
fulltime I work at the
Compte' av adat*i
A.wi maid nervice wit at the complex
MONDAY NOV 2
featuring Ren & Dorothy Cross & Associates
COME EARLY for Super SELECTION GRAFTERS SHOWING
Children's Western Clothes...Western Place-l^mats... Dolls...Collars... Animals... Aprons... Baby clothes...Novelties...Fur Hats...
IN STORE FABRIC SPECIALSBriefs
Edward 0 Vetter
existing entrepreneurs emphasizing managerial skills financing and cash flow discipline
These are some of the major tasks facing our new commerce depart ment Texas is a great product And getting this message out more aggressively to the marketplace will help us all do our jobs better in economic development for the state It won t happen overnight But it will happen
Edward O Vetter was appointed
by inn Rill dement> to serve as chairman of the new Texas Depart ment of ('ommetre He formerly Aas the chief financial officer for Texas Instruments where he corked for 23 years I et ter served as Inder s*\retary of ( ommerce during the Ford Administration and also sen ed as energy advisory to Gov dement> dunng the governor s first term He own' a pm ate mxesting and management consulting firm in Dallas
A Wonderful N#u Wond of Fashion Fabrics
WORLD OF,, FABRICS m
690 WALNUT SQUARE NEW BRAUNFELS 620-1431
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Continued from paoe IA
Robert L Guerra clinical director of the Sports Clinique in San Antonio will conduct the clinicLocal 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 Nov ll al Wolfgang s Keller at Prince Solms Inn The organization is made up of specialists serving corportation s in dustrial and commercial real estate needs Members spouses and guests are invited to attend the socialAlamo Lumber plans concrete batch plant
Alamo Lumber Co plans to build a portable concrete batch plant at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center site on Interstate 35 near Kohlenburg Road The plant will remain at the site only during the construction phase of the distribution center Alamo Lumber officials are seeking approval from the Texas Air Control Board to proceed with their plansSalesmanship workshop to be held at Honors Hall
Plans have been finalized for a workshop entitled Effective Human Relations Skills to be held Nov 18 m Honors Hall The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Promotions Committee s sub-committee on seminars has arranged for the workshop to be conducted in two sessions by St Phillip s College Office of Continuing Educa Hon
The workshop is designed pnmari Iv for those in retail businesses although service-oriented businesses
also will benefit by attending Each session is designed to sharpen ‘ peo pie” skills employees need to treat their customers like they are so meon** special Included in each three hour session will be a presenta Hon by the community relations department of Southwestern Bell on telephone technique
Indentica! morning and afternoon sessions are planned so employers may schedule their staff members to attend one or the other session The morning session begins at 8 30 a rn and ends at noon with the afternoon session starting at I p rn and ending at 4 p m
Cost of the seminar is $10 To register contact the chamber of commerceWestPoint Pepperell halts talks for sale
WestPoint Pepperell Inc and Shaw Industries Inc have announc ed the termination of their agree ment in principle regarding the sale to Shaw of WestPoint s Carpet and Rug Division
In commenting on the transaction Robert E Shaw president and f'hief executive officer of Shaw and J L Lanier Jr chairman and chief executive officer of WestPoint Pep perell cited recent market condi tions as a principle reason for the decision
Shaw and Lanier added that they do not expect to resume negotiations on this transaction in the near future
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CANYON LAKE AREA AND
GREATER NEW BRAUNFELS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
JOIN IN ASKING YOU TO
VOTE FOR THE COMAL COUNTY WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 3. 1987
mean a savings to all county taxpayers.
-create new dollars for increased law enforcement and
place the costs for county services related to recreational activities on users, not property owners.
-give control tor efficient management of our natural and man made resources to local authorities rather than state and federal bureaucrats.
-enhance private enterprise opportunities and add safeguards to the rights of private property owners.
IT WILL NOT.....
-give the right of eminent domain or property taxing authority to the district.
It is the best way available for Comal Countians to address the problems and opportunities of a growing recreational industry That s why the Canyon Lake Area and the Greater New Braunfels Chambers of Commerce have joined together in asking the voters of Comal County to keep our controls at the local level.
WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT
TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 3.
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