Though unofficially, the city of Kyle has already put in the work to be the Pie Capital of Texas, and officials are now campaigning to make the designation legal and binding.
During the April 20 meeting, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance in support of two state bills being presented at the 2021 Texas Legislature that will legally give Kyle the status it already informally enjoys.
The city hosts the annual Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival, sells Pie Capital-branded products, obtained an official trademark through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2018, and most recently implemented a ride-hailing program with Uber that seeks to charge users within the city a cap of $3.14—a reference to the mathematical term pi.
Kyle Communications Director Samantha Armbruster said the ordinance brought before City Council is a way of showing support for the legislation brought before state legislators.
“The City of Kyle City Council offers this resolution in support of the Texas Legislature’s bills HCR 12 and SCR 22 designating the City of Kyle as the Office Pie Capital of the great State of Texas,” the resolution states.
Council Member Yvonne Flores-Cale asked how many pie companies are currently in Kyle, for which the answer is one: Texas Pie Co.
"I would really like to see more pie companies in Kyle," Council Member Yvonne Flores-Cale said while musing about the fact that should the legislation pass, there should be no question regarding the city's nickname.
Armbruster said the city's ordinance is a good idea and can only help the city's imprint within Texas.
"This is one more way to really bring the parade and celebrate the brand," she said of the campaign effort.