The Economic Development Partnership meeting highlighted the importance of participating in the census at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Economic Development Director John Boswell discussed the process in advance of the forms' arrival in mailboxes beginning in March of next year.
“We believe that Corsicana was undercounted in the 2010 census,” he said. “An accurate number is necessary to reflect the needs of communities and government representation.”
Texas has gained four Congressional seats due to population growth and migration, a trend which is expected to continue, but several populations remained undercounted and underserved including children under 5 years old.
The census is conducted every 10 years as mandated in the United States Constitution. Forms should be returned by April 1. There are several ways to participate including by mail, online, or anyone can receive help via telephone. If returned, census takers will not come to your door.
A true and complete count is necessary to ensure that communities get the $675 billion in recourses. Boswell and others in the community will be spreading the word to ensure that everyone is counted.
Also stressed at the meeting was that the question regarding citizenship is not included on this year’s census form.
Boswell reported that Corsicana is on the short list for three projects, and that meetings continue with existing industrial employers as part of business retention efforts. Boswell also said the city is following up on six new prospective leads and will soon unveil a new website.
Aric Bonner, Associate Broker for RE/MAX of Corsicana, provided a real estate update, which shows Corsicana and Navarro County remain in a seller’s market.
Bonner said that 75% of Corsicana housing sales were below $200,000, though closed sales were down 14% in July compared to the same time last year. The median sale price did increase to $163,653.
Navarro County had fewer sales in the lake area this July than during the same period last year. This affected the median sales price, which decreased 23.6% to $163,305.
Planning and Zoning reported one Certificate of Occupancy in the Month of August. Jeffery Lyons said that a number of projects are being reviewed, including a multi-family residential project, Cedar Spring Apartment Homes, a 148 unit new apartment complex planned for the old Tiger Field location.
The infill program continues and several homes have been permitted or are under construction.
The mayor reported that work continues at the former State Home location and several developers are interested in aspects of that project, including multi-family and commercial opportunities.
Joanna Fritz gave an update on the Chamber of Commerce. She announced that the Chamber will be holding a Business Expo and Job Fair, including job search workshops, on Oct. 5.
Fritz also announced the State of the State and Nation address will be held Oct. 17.
The next meeting of the Mayor’s Economic Partnership Group meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Nancy Roberts meeting room inside the Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12th St. in Corsicana.