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					                                                       Burleson County
                                                           B     urleson County offers a unique opportunity for new
                                                                industrial growth. The combination of productive farm land, a scenic
                                                           environment, hospitable people and easy access to the state's major cities
                LOCATION                                   makes the area highly sought by industries looking for a stable influence on
                                                           their business.
Distance from:
Dallas ....................................... 176 mi.     Just 175 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and 100 miles
Houston ................................... 100 mi.        northwest of Houston, the county seat at Caldwell is within 200 miles
Denver ...................................... 970 mi.      proximity to 85 percent of the state's population. Burleson County offers
Chicago ................................. 1,125 mi.
Los Angeles .......................... 1,550 mi.
                                                           a tremendous labor pool prepared to provide the strong foundation essen-
New York ............................... 1,785 mi.         tial to successful business endeavors.
                                                           The state's most important research facilities are found at nearby Texas
             POPULATION
                                                           A&M University, Rice University and the University of Texas. The accessi-
Year                 City                  County          bility of such institutions provide Burleson County with up-to-the-minute
2000 .............   3,449 .................. 16,470
1990 .............   3,181 .................. 13,625       information in technology and innovative ideas, and attracts people to the
1980 .............   2,592 .................. 12,313       area who are energetic, with high goals and expectations of accomplish-
1970 .............   2,308 .................. 9,999        ment.
1960 .............   2,204 .................. 11,177
                                                           Burleson County can accommodate any channel of distribution. Easily ac-
Age                                  Population            cessed by two major railways and a municipal airport, industrial traffic uti-
0 - 4 ............................................ 7.45%   lizes the major arteries State Highway 36 and State Highway 21. Potential
5 - 1 5 ....................................... 15.60%
                                                           for growth is evidenced by the current expansion of the airport and Highway
1 6 - 2 4 .................................... 12.25%
2 5 - 4 4 .................................... 27.10%      21, designated as the "Presidential Corridor" by the Texas Legislature, the
4 5 - 6 4 .................................... 20.71%      roadway connecting the Texas' two Presidential Libraries, Lyndon Baines
65 + ....................................... 16.89%        Johnson Library in Austin and George Bush Library in College Station.
                     TAXES                                 Nearby Lake Somerville offers Texas' finest fresh water fishing and water
                                                           sports complete with marinas, camping sites, hunting areas and recreational
Tax Rate (per $100 of appraised value)
City ..............................................49500   vehicle facilities. A clean, country atmosphere with the added luxury of
County ....................................... .54283      large nearby cities make the area a prime choice for family living.
School ......................................1.58000       Burleson County is energetic, with friendly people who are eager for ex-
Hospital ...................................... .12500
MUD ........................................... .49038
                                                           pansion and growth, and receptive to newcomers. New business is wel-
Road .......................................... .07707     come and enjoys the support of a community where economic success means
Total .........................................3.31028     corporate growth.
Bonded Indebtedness                                        Whether your market is the Lone Star State or the entire Southwest, you'll
General Obligation .......... None for City                be on target when your company or warehouse is based in the Central
Bond Rating .................................. AAA         Distribution Center for Texas. Try the tranquility and prime location of
                                                           Burleson County.
                                                           It's on the road to everywhere.
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Utilities                                                   Attractions/Accommodations
ELECTRICITY                                                 The city of Caldwell is anxiously awaiting completion of its
City of Caldwell                                            new Civic/Visitors Center at the corner of Highway 21 and
KW Peak Demand           11,969                             Main Street. The facility is state-of-the art and will proudly
                                                            present what Caldwell and Burleson County have to offer.
NATURAL GAS
Lone Star Gas Company (diversified transmission &           Our story will be viewed in a special video theatre. Also off
distribution company)                                       the main lobby is a beautiful museum, which displays many
                                                            artifacts from our City and County’s history.
BTU Content per CF       1,050 Fuel Oil and Lp Gas
                                                             The Civic Center will embody a large special events room-a
WATER                                                       multi height stage for performances and programs, six sepa-
              Supplier   City of Caldwell                   rate meeting rooms that make this facility attractive for smaller
               Source    Wells (3)                          meeting and conferences. The special events room can be
        Plant Capacity   4.320 MGD                          configured for receptions, banquets, style shows, arts & crafts
 Average Consumption     0.670 MGD                          exhibits and many, many more uses. The stage has profes-
   Peak Consumption      1.523 MGD                          sional lighting and an outstanding sound system. Concerts,
      Storage Capacity   1.4 MG                             drama & recitals will be popular there. To accommodate the
                                                            performers, there are dressing rooms. For banquets there is a
WASTE WATER
                                                            large kitchen. The center will also incorporate the latest in
           Treatment Oxidation Ditch
                                                            technology – such as video teleconferencing.
             Capacity 0.711 MGD
        Current Usage 0.463 MGD                             One of the proudest features of this site will be the Veterans
                                                            Memorial Plaza, a special area established to honor those from
Lifestyle                                                   Burleson County who have served in a branch of the U.S. Armed
                                                            Forces. In addition to its many other features, the site will pro-
                                                            vide paved parking for approximately 100 cars with an addi-
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
                                                            tional parking for 230 cars on the new city outdoor recreation
City Parks         10      Golf Courses            1
                                                            area being developed at the corner of Main and Fawn Streets.
Country Clubs       1      Theatres                0
Tennis Courts       4      Restaurants            14        Other area attractions include…
COMMUNITY FACILITIES                                        Kolache Festival   Youth Rodeo       BBQ Cookoff
Hotels/Motels      3    Total Rooms              148        Burleson Co. Fair  Burleson Co. Courthouse Museum
Largest Meeting Room Capacity                    800        Kraitchar House Museum
Motels             3    Churches                  13
COMMUNICATIONS (50 mile radius)
                                                            Transportation
Newspaper                         Weekly
                                                            RAIL SERVICE
Radio Stations                    15
                                                            Burlington Northern Sante Fe
Broadcast TV Channels             5
                                                            Southern Pacific/Union Pacific
Cable Television                  Yes
Number of Channels                33                        AIR SERVICE
Telephone                         GTE                       Caldwell Municipal Airport 3,250’ runway
Digital Switching                 Yes                       Regional Easterwood Airport 26 miles east
Special Features                  Fiber Optics              PORT SERVICE
Post Office: Yes                  Class: First              Port of Houston
CLIMATE                                                     MOTOR FREIGHT CARRIERS
Annual average temperature        69°                       Central Freight Lines           Bluebonnet
Average high temperature          Jan. 72°       July 90°   Roadway Express                 Best
Average low temperature           Jan. 38°       July 76°   Tex Pak                         Yellow Freight System
Annual average precipitation      37.4"                     Consolidated Freightways
Annual average snowfall           None                      BUS SERVICE
Elevation                         225'                      Way Transportation              Arrow Bus Service
                                                            PARCEL SERVICE
                                                            United Parcel Service           Federal Express
Labor                                                      Education
November 2001                                              ELEMENTARY
                                       City    County
                                                           Schools 2     Pupils       467   Grades K-3
Labor Force                           1,539       6.500
Unemployment                             70       224      INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
% Unemployment                            4.5%    3.4%     Schools 1     Pupils       419   Grades 4-5
Total Employment                      1,469     6,276
                                                           MIDDLE SCHOOL
Employment                                                 Schools 1     Pupils       445   Grades 6-8
                                                           HIGH SCHOOL
Distribution of County Employment
                                                           Schools 1     Pupils       606   Grades 9-12
Agriculture Services, Forestry & Fishery            1.8%
Agriculture                                        25.4%   PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Mining                                              4.9%   Schools 1     Pupils       152
Construction                                        5.2%
                                                           LIBRARIES
Manufacturing                                       5.6%
                                                           4        Total Volumes 29,000
Transportation/Communication/Public Utilities       3.4%
Wholesale Trade                                     3.3%   AREA UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
Retail Trade                                       14.1%   Texas A&M University
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate                       5.1%   Blinn College
Services                                           14.7%   University of Texas
State Government & Local Government                14.0%
                                                           OTHER
Federal Government                                  2.0%
                                                           State Industrial Jobs Training Available
Major Employers                                            Public School Budget       $12,217,825
                                                           Average Test Scores:       2001 mean SAT = 977
FIRM                    PRODUCT             EMPLOYEES                                 2001 mean ACT = 19.4
Allied Precision        Computer Parts               30
Burleson County
Caldwell ISD
                        County Services
                        Public Education
                                                     95
                                                    329
                                                           Medical Facilities
Halliburton             Oilfield Services            60    Hospitals              1     Beds            35
US Hanger               Wire Cost Hangers           145    Clinics                2     Doctors           4
Sherman Wire            Steel Wire                   74    Dentists               2     Nursing Home Beds114
Wal-Mart                Discount Merchant            71
Kopper Industries                                    70
Brookshire Brothers
Burleson St. Joseph
                        Grocery
                        Health Center
                                                     54
                                                    123
                                                           Municipal Government
City of Caldwell        City Service                 53    Government                         Council-Manager
Total Manufacturing Facilities                        6    Planning Commission                No
Total Manufacturing Employees                       251    Zoning Regulations                 No
Union Affiliation                                  None    Policemen                          10
                                                           Cars                               4
Finance                                                    Firemen Paid                       0
                                                           Volunteer                          21
Banks                  3                                   Local Insurance Key Rate           $.33 w/15% credit
Combined Assets        $187,630,4145
Savings & Loans        1
Combined Assets        $7,300,000,000

Income
2001 Per Capita Income                          $12,317
Mfg.-Average Weekly Wage (Burleson Co.)           $468
Incentives
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                           RURAL ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
                            www.tded.state.tx.us.80/                               USDA Business and Industry Loans
Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program                                                                     www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/b&I_gar.htm
The Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program is designed to provide               This program provides loans from $1 million to $10 million for business
financial resources to non-entitlement communities. Funds from this                and industrial acquisitions; land purchase, machinery and equipment;
program can be utilized for public infrastructure (water, sewer, road, etc.)       construction, enlargement, or modernization; pollution control or abate-
needed to assist a business which commits to create and/or retain perma-           ment; working capital; and refinancing when necessary to save jobs. The
nent jobs, primarily for low and moderate income persons. The mini-                project must be located in a city with less than 50,000 in population and
                                                                                   priority is given to projects in cities of less than 25,000. Manufacturing,
mum award is $450,000 and the maximum is $750,000. The award may                   retail, wholesale and services are eligible.
not exceed fifty percent of the total project cost.
Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program                                 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FINANCE PROGRAMS
This program provides funding to nonentitlement communities to con-                                           www.sbaonline.gov/financing
struct, acquire, or rehabilitate real estate so that it may be leased to a com-    SBA 504 Program
                                                                                   This program provides fixed asset financing at below-market fixed rates
pany that commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for            of interest. The loan may be used to acquire land, construct buildings,
low and moderate-income persons. Awards range from $50,000 to                      purchase land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The 504 loan is co-
$750,000 and may not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. Funds            ordinated between the SBA and a private lender with the lender covering
are provided with no interest accruing and with payments based on a 20-            50 percent of the project cost and the SBA 40 percent and the borrower
year amortization schedule. Total Texas Capital Fund participation from            10 percent. The maximum participation by the SBA is $1 million.
both programs may not exceed $750,000.                                             SBA 7(a) Program
Enterprise Zones                                                                   This program provides loans to small businesses unable to secure financ-
Designed to encourage job creation and capital investment in designated            ing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels. It operates
                                                                                   through private-sector lenders that provide loans which are guaranteed
areas of economic distress, this program provide communities with an               by the SBA. The maximum the SBA can guarantee is generally $750,000.
economic development tool to offer state and local incentives and pro-
gram priorities to new or expanding businesses. These zones can be de-             SBA Low Doc Program
signed by a city and/or county for a specific geographic area that meets           Designed to simplify the SBA application process and shorten the pro-
                                                                                   cessing time for smaller loans. To be eligible a business must have 100 or
certain size and distress criteria.                                                fewer employees; and annual sales for the past three years must be less than
Texas Small Business Industrial Revenue Bond Program                               $5 million. The maximum loan amount is $150,000. The program allows
This program is designed to provide tax-exempt financing for land and              the SBA to guarantee up to 80 percent for loans up to $100,000 and up
depreciable property for eligible industrial or manufacturing projects.            to 75 percent for loans over $100,000 up to $150,000.
Cities, counties and conservation and reclamation districts can form In-           Texas Engineering Extension Service (TMAC) www/tmac.org/
dustrial Development Corporations that can issue taxable and tax-ex-               TMAC was designed to help Texas small manufacturing companies re-
empt bonds for eligible parties in their jurisdictions.                            main competitive in the global marketplace. The TMAC Center provides
                                                                                   technical assistance at a discounted rate for process improvements, envi-
Other Texas Department of Economic Development Programs                            ronmental regulations upgrades, changes in technology and the market-
•   Texas Leverage Fund                                                            place. Although the Texas Legislature no longer provides funds for
•   Texas Capital Access Fund                                                      TMAC, it is continuing to operate with support from several partners and
•   Historically Underutilized Business & Small Business Linked Deposit Pgm        is administered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service.
•   Texas Capital Fund Main Street Improvements Program                            LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT                                                              The city of Caldwell and the Burleson County Industrial Foundation can
                                                                                   assist in putting together creative financing packages utilizing federal and
Skills Development Fund                                                            state programs with local bank support. The Industrial Foundation also
The Skills Development Fund is an innovative program created to assist             has established a business incubator to assist new businesses and has a 73
Texas public community and technical colleges to finance customized job            acre industrial park with infrastructure in place. The City of Caldwell
training for local businesses. the Fund is administered by the Texas               owns the electrical utility and can offer incentives on industrial rates and
Workforce Commission. Grants are provided to help companies and la-                a Revolving Loan Fund is available through the Brazos Valley Council of
bor unions form partnerships with local community colleges and tech-               Government financing. Caldwell is located in an attainment area, and
nical schools to provide custom job training. Average training costs are           local leaders have experience with permitting procedures.
11,000 per trainee, but may vary.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE www.agr.state.tx.us/                                     ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONTACTS
Texas Agricultural Finance Authority (TAFA) Loan Guarantees
This program provides financial assistance through loan guarantees for ag-                   Billy Broaddus                           Honey Dowdy
ricultural businesses that are, or propose to be, engaged in innovative, diver-           City Administrator                     Industrial Foundation/
sified or value-added production, processing, marketing or exporting of an                 107 S. Hill Street                    Chamber of Commerce
agricultural product or other agricultural-related economic development                  Caldwell, TX 77836                         PO Box Drawer 87
projects. It provides a guaranty of up to 90% of the loan to an eligible lender.          PHONE 409-567-3271                       Caldwell, TX 77836
Funds may be used for working capital, equipment, real estate and/or im-                  FAX    409-567-9233                      PHONE 409-567-7979
provements and inventory. Guaranties range from $30,000 to $5 million.                                                             FAX   409-567-0818
Other Texas Department of Agriculture Loans
• TAFA Linked Deposit
• Young Farmer Loan Guarantee Program
• Farm and Ranch Finance Program

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