(Seguin) -- Seguin's downtown community continued to grow in 2017, and officials at Seguin City Hall say they expect more growth in 2018.
In recognition of the work that took place in 2017, Seguin Main Street Director Kyle Kramm compiled a list of the top five stories about downtown Seguin last year. Here's a look at Kramm's list, and what impact those stories had on this community.
5.) Library Recognized by the Texas Downtown Association
At the 2017 Texas Downtown Conference, the Seguin Public Library received the President's Award for Best Public Improvement and also the People's Choice Award for Best Public Improvement. The award was based on community need, aesthetics of the building and impact on the community.
4.) Parking Enforcement Begins
One of the most talked about issues in downtown in 2017 was parking. In late 2016, several downtown retailers went to Council asking for the two-hour parking restriction to be enforced. Council approved the hiring of a part-time parking enforcement officer who started in February. Seguin Main Street also launched downtown hospitality parking passes that allows for out-of-town visitors to downtown park anywhere in the district for longer than two-hours. The enforcement
has improved the ability of customers to easily access our downtown merchants.
3.) Launch of www.DowntownTX.org
Seguin Main Street was excited to be one of the 12 pilot communities to launch www.downtowntx.org in May of 2017. The site, developed by the Texas Historical Commission, provides information on downtown properties to the general public, allows for people to find properties available for purchase or for lease and get some general information on downtown.
2.) Welcome New Businesses to Downtown
In 2017, we saw a number of new businesses open their doors adding to downtown Seguin. They included professional firms like the Law Office of Morris & Bermudez, retailer Southern Good, coffee shop Seguin Coffee Company and bar The Warehouse.
1.) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Seguin Main Street was honored to be one of two pilot communities selected from across the nation to partake in Main Street America's new Entrepreneurial Ecosystem grant and workshop. The workshop included a day long meeting between downtown businesses, Main Street staff and board and service providers of small businesses. From the workshop, a guide will be created on areas for improving the environment for small businesses in Seguin. The launch also will include a $2000 grant to assist in implementing the guide. The guide is anticipated to arrive the first part of 2018 with implementation to
Kramm says the momentum in downtown Seguin has been great, and he expects that to continue.
"We at the Seguin Main Street are grateful for an exceptional 2017 and are looking forward to a bigger and better 2018. With three new businesses set to open within the spring of 2018, a sidewalk reconstruction and more anticipated for 2018," said Kramm.
The Seguin Main Street Program works to promote and help with the overall revitalization and preservation of Seguin's downtown historic district.