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Hill Country Portal
A Powerful Information Database & Gateway Service for the Texas Hill Country
Focus Topic Profile For:
HILL COUNTRY COMMERCE
(Chambers of Commerce, Convention Bureaus, Visitors Centers,
CVBs & Economic Development Councils)
While most area are interested in and support growth, there are some smaller towns that seem to want to "keep things the same", and do not promote area growth. Even Greune's web site tag line says "gently resisting change sine 1872", but this seems to be a marketing theme none-the-less.
Be sure to check out the detailed profile page in this Portal site for each town or county to see their agencies and special web sites (typically tourism oriented) involved in commerce and growth of their area (just click the link on the city/county name).
Here is our convenient contact list for all such agencies in the Texas Hill Country. If a Hill Country city/town is not listed here, it means we have no awareness of them having an agency that focuses on economic development.
For Cities, Counties, Chambers, EDC's and other organizations in Texas but just outside the Texas Hill Country, click: Outside Towns & Chambers
See corresponding list of all city governments in the Texas Hill Country at City Governments,
county governments at County Governments, and state & federal governments at State & Federal.
We welcome inquiries, comments and submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos,
without compensation. Send to Editor at:
BANDERA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
830-796-3280, Fax: 830-796-3970
331 Main Street, POB 2445, Bandera, TX 78003
Web: banderatex.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BANDERA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
800-364-3833, 800-364-3822, 830-796-3045, 210-796-3045
TX-16 & Mainstreet Intersection, Bandera, TX 78003
Web: banderacowboycapital.com; Email: email@example.com
celebratebandera.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BERTRAM AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Bertram, TX 78605
BERTRAM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
3115 E FM 243, Bertram, TX 78605-3838
BLANCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
312 Pecan, Blanco, TX 78606
Web: blancochamber.com, Email: email@example.com
BLANCO COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: Closed
GREATER BORENE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
830-249-8000; Fax: 830-249-9639
121 S Main St, Boerne, TX 78006
Web: boerne.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOERNE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
282 N Main St, Boerne, TX 78006
BRADY/MCCULLOCH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
101 E First St, Brady, TX 76825
Web: bradytx.com; Email: email@example.com
Includes the Brady Economic Development Corporation, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, the McCulloch County Industrial Foundation, and the McCulloch County Visitors
LAKE BUCHANAN/INKS LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
512-793-2803; Fax: 512-793-2112
POB 282, 19611 TX-29 E, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
Web: buchanan-inks.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BUDA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
203 Railroad St, Ste #1C, Buda TX 78610
Web: budachamber.com; Email: Info@BudaChamber.com
BUDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
203 Railroad St, Ste 3-A, POB 1650, Buda TX 78610
Web: ci.buda.tx.us/economic-development; budaedc.com; E-mail: Mandy Shaw: email@example.com
BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
121 Bulverde Crossing, Ste 115, Bulverde, TX 78163
Web: bulverdespringbranchchamber.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BURNET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
229 S Pierce, Burnet, TX 78611
Web: burnetchamber.org; Email: email@example.com
BURNET COUNTY TOURISM
Tourism Director, Teri Freitag: 512-715-5278
220 S Pierce, Ste 202, Burnet, TX 78611
Web: thehighlandlakes.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CANYON LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Serves: Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River area. Includes: Cranes Mill, Hancock, Sattler, Startzville and Canyon City
3934 FM-2673, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Web: canyonlakechamber.com; E-mail: email@example.com
COMAL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Web: co.comal.tx.us/EcoDevelopment/Economic_Development.htm; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMFORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
830-995-3131; Fax: 830-995-5252
630 TX-27, POB 777, Comfort, TX 78013
Web: www.comfort-texas.com; Email: email@example.com
(GREATER) DRIPPING SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITORS BUREAU
Visitor's Center: 509 W Mercer St, POB 206, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Web: drippingspringstx.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EDWARDS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
POB 267, 109 S Sweeten St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
Web: rangelrachel3.wixsite.com/eccoc; Email: email@example.com, Facebook
FREDERICKSBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
302 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
FREDERICKSBURG CONVENTION and VISITOR BUREAU
302 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Web: visitfredericksburgtx.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GILLESPIE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
302 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Web: gillespiecountyedc.com; Email: email@example.com
FRIO CANYON CAMBER OF COMMERCE (Leakey-Concan area)
POB 743, Leakey, TX 78873
Web: friocanyonchamber.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GILLESPIE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION:
830-997-6523; 302 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Promotion of business and community improvement
GRANITE SHOALS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
908 N Phillips Ranch Rd, Granite Shoals, TX 78654
GREUNE TOURISM (there is not an "official" chamber for Gruene, but this is the only collective group and it is active)
1601 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Web: gruenetexas.com; Email: email@example.com
HARPER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
HARPER COMMUNITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Harper, TX 78631
Web: harpertexaschamber.com, Facebook
HILL COUNTRY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
HCEDC serves: Burnet and Llano Counties, focusing on the Highland Lakes area above Austin, including Bertram, Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay, Kingsland, Llano, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Spicewood, Sunrise Beach
830-798-8118; 608 Gateway Central, Ste 101, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Web: www.hillcountryedc.com; Email: not available
JOHNSON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
100 E Main (at Nugent Ave), Johnson City, TX 78636
Visitors Center: In Withers & Spauldings Building, at same address, phone, email and web as above.
CITY OF JOHNSON CITY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
POB 369, 303 E Pecan Dr, Johnson City, TX 78636
JONESTOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Now joined with Lago Vista Chamber, see below.
JUNCTION TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (JTEDC): 325-446-3402
Patricia Whitty, Executive Director
730 Main St, Junction, TX 76849. junctionedc.org
KENDALL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION:
1221 S Main St, Ste #100, Boerne, TX 78006
KERR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
830-896-1157, Fax: 830-896-1166
1700 Sidney Baker, Ste 100, Kerrville, TX 78028
WEST KERR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Serves: Hunt, Ingram, Mountain Home, and "The Divide"
TX-27, Ingram, TX 78025 (Located in the Bank of the Hills building)
POB 1006, Ingram, TX 78025
Web: wkcc.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
KERRVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
830-896-1155, 800-221-7958, Fax: 830-896-1175
1700 Sidney Baker, Ste 100, Kerrville, TX 78028
Kristan Craddock, Coordinator of Special Events
KERRVILLE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
2108 Sidney Baker, Kerrville, TX 78028
Web: kerrvilletexascvb.com, Email: email@example.com<
KERRVILLE MAIN STREET
715 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028
KIMBLE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
325-446-3190; 1-800-kimble-4, 1- 800-546-2534
402 Main St, Junction, TX 76849-4742
Web: junctiontexas.net, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KINGSLAND/LAKE LBJ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1309 RR-1431 E, Kingsland, TX 78639
POB 465, Kingsland, TX 78639
Web: kingslandchamber.org; Email: email@example.com
KYLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITORS BUREAU
POB 900, 401 Center St, Kyle, TX 78640
Web: kylechamber.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY OF KYLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Diana Blank, 512-262-3926
POB 40, Kyle, TX 78640
LAGO VISTA & JONESTOWN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CONVENTION and VISITORS BUREAU
8040 Bar-K Ranch Rd, Lago Vista, TX 78645 (Located on the S side of RM 1431 at the intersection of Bar-K Road)
POB 4946, Lago Vista, TX 78645
Web: lagovista.org, Email: email@example.com
LAKE TRAVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Serves: Bee Cave, Briarcliff, The Hills, Hudson Bend, Lakeway and Spicewood
512-263-5833, 877-263-0073, Fax: 512-263-1355
1415 RR-620 S, Ste 202, Austin, TX 78734
Web: laketravischamber.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAMPASAS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
512-556-5172; Fax: 512-556-2195; Toll Free (866) 556-5172
205 S US-281, POB 627 Lampasas, TX 76550
Web: lampasaschamber.org, Email: email@example.com
LAMPASAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
512-556-6831; Fax: 512-556-2074
312 E Third St, Lampasas, TX 76550
Web: lampasasedc.com; Email: not available
CITY OF LEANDER
100 N Brushy, Leander, TX 78641
Economic Development Department, Director, Jim Bechtol; Manager, Eric Zeno
LEANDER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
103 N Brushy St, Leander, TX 78641
Web: leandercc.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
LIBERTY HILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
POB 586, Liberty Hill, TX 78642
Web: libertyhillchamber.org, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LLANO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
100 Train Station Dr, Llano, TX 78643
Web: llanochamber.org; Email: email@example.com
MARBLE FALLS/LAKE LBJ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
916 Second St, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Web: marblefalls.org; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MARBLE FALLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
MASON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
325-347-5758; Fax: 325-347-5259
POB 156, 108 Ft McKavett St, Mason, TX 76856
Web: masontxcoc.com; Email: email@example.com
MENARD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
100 W San Saba Ave, Menard, TX 76859
Web: menardchamber.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENARD INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORP
Located at above Chamber office, phone, web and email.
MIDDLE RIO GRANDE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (Edwards County)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF GREATER NEW BRAUNFELS
390 S Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Web: innewbraunfels.com; Email: email@example.com
NEW BRAUNFELS MAIN STREET
TX-DOT HIGHWAY VISITOR CENTER-NEW BRAUNFELS
IH-35 @ Post Rd, Exit 130C, New Braunfels, TX 78130
NUECES CANYON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
830-597-6241; 112 E 4th St; Camp Wood, TX 78833. POB 385
Web: nuecescanyonchamber.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No regular office hours for Chamber. A non-profit, all volunteer organization.
Serves: Barksdale, Camp Wood, Montell, Vance, together known as the "Nueces Canyon"
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY RIVER REGION (Concan-Garner-Utopia-Rio Frio area)
221 N Getty, Uvalde, TX 78801
SAN MARCOS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
202 N CM Allen Pkwy, POB 2310, San Marcos, TX 78667
Web: sanmarcostexas.com, Email: email@example.com
SAN MARCOS CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU
1-888-200-5620, 512-393-5930; Fax: 512-393-5912
617 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78667
Web: toursanmarcos.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN MARCOS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
202 N CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78667
Web: ecodevsanmarcos.org; Email: email@example.com
SAN SABA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
120 S Cherokee St, San Saba, TX 76877
Web: sansabachamber.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY OF SAN SABA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM
302 E Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877
SPRING BRANCH: See BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE above.
STONEWALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
250 Peach St, Stonewall, TX 78671
POB 1, Stonewall, TX 78671
Web: stonewalltexas.com; E-mail: email@example.com
TX-DOT TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER-SAN MARCOS
617 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
WIMBERLEY VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
POB 12, 14100 RR-12, Wimberley, TX 78676
Web: wimberley.org; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLANCO COUNTY TEXAS GUIDE TO STARTING A BUSINESS: HillCountryPortal.com/web/businessguide. A practical, "how-to" manual applicable to most counties in Texas and beyond.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF CENTRAL TEXAS: 800-580-8477; 1005 La Pasada Drive, Austin, TX 78752. centraltx.bbb.org. Includes on-line search for reports on businesses, and filing complaints
EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: exim.gov
FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK (FLHB): fhlb.com. A cooperatively owned wholesale bank that supports housing and economic development in the communities served by our member institutions.
GO TEXAN PROGRAM: gotexan.org. Launched by the Texas Department of Agriculture in 1999, Go Texan promotes the products, culture and communities of Texas. The easily recognizable logo - a glowing brand in the shape of Texas - taps into Lone Star loyalty, working to persuade the 22 million Texans who shop, dine and travel to choose the state's bounty. Grant programs available.
JOBS !! A very helpful resource for finding a job in the Hill Country. And resources for employers as well. A simple to use, clickable entry to each of the job posting web pages we have found in the Texas Hill Country. This fast method of zipping through the listings by city makes the "hunt" a lot easier. Good luck in your search. Click: Jobs
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SEED AND VENTURE FUNDS (NASVF): nasvf.org. An international membership organization that advocates for the growth of seed and early-stage innovation capital. NASVF connects the people in the world of venture capital and regional economic development, and collaborates with public and private fund managers and tech transfer professionals, who are committed to building their local economies by investing in entrepreneurs.
TEXAS EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND (TETF): emergingtechfund.com. Created by the Texas Legislature in 2005. An advisory committee of high-tech leaders, entrepreneurs and research experts reviews potential projects and recommends funding allocations to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House. To date, the TETF has allocated more than $197.2 million in funds to 133 early stage companies, and $173 million in grant matching and research superiority funds to Texas universities, attracting 57 lead researchers, 20 research teams and more than 360 research staff.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: txbiz.org. TAB works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make our state's economy the strongest in the world.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAUS: tacvb.org
TEXAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES: tcce.org/index.asp. TCCE is an organization of chamber executives from across the state, working together to improve the business climate in Texas, while developing ways to enhance the quality of life in the communities that they represent.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: agr.state.tx.us
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: tded.state.tx.us
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - GOVERNOR'S OFFICE: governor.state.tx.us/ecodev. See Office of Small Business Assistance, Office of Community Relations and Office of Strategic Business Development.
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: 512-480-8432; www.texasedc.org. An Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association dedicated to development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. TEDC is a one-stop shop for ideas, information, and influence. We are the largest state association of economic development professionals, volunteers, and elected officials. Our diverse members share a common goal -- bringing new investment and jobs to Texas.
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY: ecodevdirectory.com/texas.htm
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES: ed-central.com
TEXAS ENTERPRISE FUND (TEF): governor.state.tx.us/priorities/economy/investing_for_growth/texas_enterprise_fund. Provides the state’s leaders with a "deal closing fund" that has the flexibility and financial resources to help strengthen the state’s economy. The fund can be used for a variety of economic development projects including infrastructure and community development, job training programs and business incentives. Before funds can be awarded, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker must unanimously agree to support the use of the TEF for each specific project. TEF is used primarily to attract new business to the state or assist with the substantial expansion of an existing business as part of competitive recruitment. State leadership will also be able to use Enterprise funds to leverage other resources for an economic development project. To be eligible, a project must demonstrate a significant return on the state’s investment and strong local support. The review process will consider a variety of factors, including job creation and wages, capital investment, financial strength of the applicant, applicant's business history, analysis of the relevant business sector, and public and private sector financial support.
TEXAS HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION: 1-800-856-4328; texaslodging.com. To provide members representation and cost effective services at the national, state, and local levels in governmental affairs, education, and communications. Represents hotels, motels, resorts, bed & breakfasts, guest ranches, and tourism-related businesses since 1903.
TEXAS MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE CENTER (TMAC): tmac.org
TEXAS MARKETING TEAM: texasmarketingteam.org
TEXAS MIDWEST COMMUNITY NETWORK: 325-795-TMCN (8626); tmcn.org. Mission is to promote a regional approach to provide the resources and awareness for its members to achieve economic and community growth.
TEXAS NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION COMMISSION: tnrcc.state.tx.us
TEXAS STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER-SAN MARCOS: 512-245-4686; 601 University Dr, McCoy Hall, Rm 322, San Marcos, TX 78666. business.txstate.edu/sbdc. Serves counties in Hill Country: Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Lampasas, Llano, San Saba, Travis, Williamson. Funded by SBA. Works with existing and start-up businesses to help them advance and compete. Services offered include counseling, training, research.
TEXAS TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION: 512-328-8842; 3345 Bee Caves Rd, Suite 102A, Austin, TX 78746. ttia.org
TEXAS WIDE OPEN FOR BUSINESS: TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com. Any company looking to expand in or relocate to Texas will have all of the tools necessary for expansion or relocation at its fingertips. The new web site features informative sections on the Texas Enterprise Fund and other state incentive programs, as well as financing options for companies looking to create jobs and drive innovation in Texas. Extensive economic and key industry resources, workforce data, and information for small businesses are also highlighted on the new site. Businesses can also explore user-friendly interactive maps, reports and research tools, as well as the latest news on business development in Texas. This content appeals not only to corporate decision makers, but to members of the general public interested in the state of the Texas business climate. Texas continues to be a national example for job creation and a leader in the global marketplace, consistently attracting employers seeking a better place to start or expand their business, thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory environment, fair legal system and skilled workforce.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: twc.state.tx.us
US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: usda.gov. Rural development financial programs, water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, economic development, loans, lending pools.
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: uschamber.com
US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: doc.gov
US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION: eda.gov
US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: sba.gov
GRANT STATION: GrantStation.com. For non-profit organizations, information on availability on new funding programs, upcoming grant deadlines, conferences, training and relevant info for grant seekers.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NON-PROFITS: Toll-free: 800-201-0779; 1101 Vermont Ave, NW, Ste 1002 Washington, DC 20005. councilofnonprofits.org. NCONP advances the vital role and capacity of the nonprofit sector in civil society and supports and gives voice to state and regional associations of nonprofit organizations.
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AT AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: nonprofitaustin.org. The Center exists to promote, leverage and facilitate community collaborations and partnerships that broaden the horizons and possibilities for the Central Texas Nonprofit Sector. These collaborations reflect the Center's ability to bring business, government and nonprofit sectors together around common goals. STARTUP GRIND: startupgrind.com. Founded in 2010 IN Palo Alto, the original goal was to bring together friends who would help each other has spread across the world. This is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 125 cities and 55 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Start a Chapter in your city! Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. Started by Derek Andersen and Spencer Nielsen in February 2010 in a small office in Mountain View California.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: 512-223-7076; POB 27914 Austin, TX 78755-7914. tano.org. Mission is to connect, strengthen, and support the nonprofit community for the public good of Texas.
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!
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