San Francisco, CA (March 19, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the fastest growing cities in Texas – and Schertz ranked fifth.
To compile this ranking, NerdWallet evaluated 126 cities, towns and census-designated places and examined the following variables:
• Population growth
• Employment growth
• Income growth
“Schertz’ strong employment growth won it a spot on our Top 10 list,” NerdWallet analyst Maggie Clark said. “The percentage of residents in the workforce grew by 7% between 2009 and 2012, according to U.S. Census data. At the same time, the city’s population grew by 17.8% and median incomes increased by 4.8% to $37,558.”
Schertz is the largest suburb of San Antonio and is part of the Randolph Metrocom, a group of cities northeast of San Antonio with close ties to Randolph Air Force Base. Schertz is surely tied to the base: 24.2% of people employed in Schertz work for the government, according to U.S. Census data. Still, it’s private companies that are driving job growth in town: the Schertz Economic Development Corporation announced that GE Oil & Gas would add 175 new jobs to the community and hundreds of area workers have found jobs at the new Amazon fulfillment center located in town. The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District expects enrollment to increase by at least 600 students each year from now until 2022.
Schertz isn’t just a great city for business but it tops for homeownership as well—it was NerdWallet’s number five pick for best cities for homeownership in Texas, the company said.
“The City of Schertz has a strong vision to be a top city in Texas. We continue to experience a tremendous level of success ranging from the recent opening of four Fortune 100 companies to a new Master Planned Community, The Crossvine, to new baseball and soccer fields, a skatepark, and a beautiful new Animal Adoption Center,” said City Manager John Kessel.
Other places in the top 20 include The Woodlands, College Station, and McKinney. To see the full study click here.
The first phase of the new Schertz Skatepark got an enthusiastic welcome from young skateboarders and community members on Tuesday, March 19th.
Above, a number of teen skateboarders show their skill at the skatepark located on Community Circle Drive, next to the Schertz Animal Adoption Center.
The skatepark could expand by two more phases in the future.
The Schertz Police Department’s Junior Police Academy will be held June 16-20, 2014 and is open to Schertz residents ages 8-11.
The free camp will run from 8:00 AM to noon daily and will be held at the Schertz Police Department in the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 6.
Registration begins April 1 and the camp is limited to 25 participants. Registration packets can be picked up at the Schertz Police Department.
Complete the registration packed and return to the police department.
For more information contact Sgt. Solitto (email@example.com) or Officer Halbardier (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 210-945-6573. Also look for updates on the Schertz Police Department Facebook page.
The parking lot located in the front of City Hall will be blocked off beginning Monday, March 10 for the construction of the Hal Baldwin Memorial from 7am to 6pm. Parking will be located to the Community Center Parking Lot. Foot traffic on the sidewalk in front of City Hall will still be allowed. Construction will be complete by March 31, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 210-619-1800. Thank you.
The Schertz Police Department will participate in the State Wide Impaired Driving Mobilization Initiative during Spring Break, March 7-24
The purpose of this Mobilization is to conduct driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement and increase DWI arrests as part of the statewide “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” program held in conjunction with the national Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) campaign.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Traffic Operations Division – Traffic Safety Section (TRF-TS) identifies areas of the state with the highest percentages of alcohol related crashes and then invites law enforcement agencies in these areas to participate in the IDM.
During the 2012 calendar year, the State of Texas had 1,296 alcohol related fatal accidents, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. Not only did this cause the loss of many lives, but also cost Texas taxpayers over $6 billion in subsidies for these fatal accidents.
More than 25,000 alcohol related crashes were reported during the 2012 calendar year with a total of 89,256 arrests being made during the same time period.
The Schertz Police Department will be actively enforcing the DWI statute during this Mobilization which will, as stated before, coincide with Spring Break Holiday from March 7 through March 24, 2014.
So please remember to designate a driver, call a cab or don’t drink before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle. Be wise and don’t “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail”.
Nearly 400 participants – ranging from babies in strollers to a 94-year-old former marathon runner – took part in the 6th Annual Wilenchik Walk for Life on Saturday, March 1.
A morning fog didn’t slow down the teams of friends and families who came out to celebrate life and remember loved ones touched or taken by cancer. Money raised from the annual event – named after former Schertz City Councilmember Tony Wilenchik who was taken by cancer – goes to the UT Medicine’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC). The event is hosted by the City of Schertz and sponsored by HEB.
A photo slideshow of the event will be available early next week at www.visitschertz.com/walkforlife.