Let’s Build a Visitor Center
February 07, 2012
SONORA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Owner/Managers: John Paul Friess, Board President
Nature of Business: Economic Development Corporation
City: Sonora, TX
SBDC Business Advisor: Peggy Hodges Rosser
The Economic Development Corporation in Sonora has a vision. They have begun the initial steps to having a Visitors Center on Texas Highway 277 just south of Interstate 10. With the assistance The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Architecture and the Rural Business Advisor with Angelo State University Small Business Development Center, the EDC now has a set of concept drawings for a Visitors Center.
Sonora EDC initially began utilization of the departments at UTSA with the assistance they received from the Center for Community and Business Research. The Sonora Economic Development Initiative Update highlighted the importance of encouraging the travelers on Interstate 10 to stop and visit Sonora.
This report was the impetus for the EDC to decide to purchase property on Texas Highway 277. Rural Business Advisor Rosser was able to connect the EDC with the UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning and Development. This working relationship provided for the concept drawings which will be utilized as the EDC seeks funding for the project.
“Peggy Hodges Rosser, SBDC Advisor and Dr. Richard Tangum joined in a collaborative effort to move forward with plans to build a new Visitors Center in Sonora. Without Peggy’s expertise and guidance, this project would not be at the stage it is today. UTSA provided valuable assistance by providing concept drawings for the project,” EDC Board President John P. Friess stated.
The facility will provide a rest stop for travelers as well as office space for economic partners. Entities will include The Sonora Economic Development Corporation, The Sonora Chamber Commerce, and rotating office space for occasional out-of-town economic partner such as the ASU Small Business Development Center. Future plans include seeking funding for the project through both grant funds and private donations