Hughson celebrates job creation, highlights need for workforce development in State of San Marcos address

Job creation and workforce development were among the major focuses of San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson’s State of San Marcos address, held July 31 at the city’s activity center.

Hughson highlighted the city’s initiatives and projects, including the historical survey and Workforce Housing Task Force. She said the city is committed to developing strategies to attract more businesses and residents to San Marcos.

A major part of that mission, Hughson said, involves making living in the city more affordable, while still preserving the history and culture of San Marcos.

Hughson also told residents that new developments like the San Marcos Air Rail and Truck Terminal will bring new job opportunities to the city. She said San Marcos has collected $27.9 million in sales tax revenue this fiscal year, an increase of 10% compared to last year.

“As we move through 2019, we’re committed to economic expansion for our city and our residents by diversifying our tax base and increasing [our] job market,” Hughson said.

San Marcos CISD Superintendent Michael Cardona and Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra also shared what they saw as their respective priorities for the next year,

Cardona informed residents about programs that prepare students for success after high school—despite, he said, not getting much credit in school accountability ratings. Becerra emphasized his administration’s plan for criminal justice reform, as well as his efforts to remain fiscally responsible.

Hughson said she welcomed the inclusion of school and county officials at the event, and said she has an obligation to communicate with the community. The success of the school district and county, Hughson added, is key to the success of San Marcos.

“You’re talking about economic development—workforce is what you have to have, and that starts in the public schools,” Hughson told Community Impact Newspaper. 
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