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  1. February 14, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Leander’s Future Brewers, Distillers and Vinters:

    The City of Leander invites business to grow with the community. Leander is located 25 miles/40 kilometers (km) north-northwest of downtown Austin.

    Sites (all or part) and/or facilities can be purchased, built-to-suit and leased . Terms are negotiable and should be arranged with site representatives. Ingress/egress to major transportation routes are very good with US 183 adjacent to most sites/facilities. Utility services are readily available in a timely, cost-effective manner.

    T R A N S P O R T A T I O N

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is located 33 miles/53 km (42 minutes) south-southeast of Leander. It provides more than 1,000 flights weekly to locations around the world. Georgetown Municipal Airport is utilized for small corporate jet and helicopter services. It is located approximately 22 minutes east-northeast of the community.

    US 183 and 183-A are the major north-south corridors that flow through the community. State Highway 29 and Farm-to-Market 2243 connect Leander to Interstate 35 ten miles/16 km east. Great access to materials and/or personnel are provided by this network of surface transportation.

    Capital Metro, Central Texas’ public transportation entity, is responsible for commuter and freight rail service. Their “red line” began on 22 March 2010. Most of the above sites/facilities are within at least two miles/3.2 km of the commuter rail station and freight line.

    Leander is roughly 165 miles/266 km due west of the Port of Houston. This is the port of choice for Central Texas businesses that need a water transportation resource.

    L A B O R

    Texas is a right-to-work state. Leander has been one of Texas’ fastest growing cities since 2000. During the past 84-months, Leander has averaged a 4.50% unemployment rate (UR). The UR for December 2011 was 5.19%.

    Leander is located in both Williamson and Travis counties. Our proximity to Austin and place in the five-county, Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) affords access to a labor force of more than 920,000.

    Leander boasts almost 60 Primary Employers. H. L. Chapman and Dennis Steel are Leander’s largest private-sector employers. There are three industrial clusters that include: construction, metal fabrication and wood products manufacturing. Of the ten metal working companies, eight do precision machining.

    Several universities are located in the above MSA. The following is a brief list of both public and private institutions of higher education within 70 miles/113 km.

    Austin Community College Concordia University
    Huston-Tillotson University St. Edward’s University
    Southwestern University Temple College
    Texas State University University of Texas

    The Austin Community College (ACC) System has a varied curriculum. They selected a 100 acre/40.4 hectare location within the 2,300-acre/931 hectare, award-winning Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Proposed sites/facilities are easily accessible to ACC training & employee options. This is an excellent labor & continuing education resource. ACC and the Texas Workforce Commission can aid with continuing education and training initiatives.

    U T I L I T I E S

    Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) will tailor a cost-effective electric service program to meet businesses needs. This rate schedule will be helpful in the assessment of power service delivery. Ms. Tessa Doehrman, (888) 554-4732, ext. 6082 will coordinate PEC’s design efforts.

    The City of Leander provides water/wastewater services. A long-term water supply agreement for large industrial/commercial users can be negotiated. The same applies for adequate wastewater capacity. Messrs. Wayne Watts, Engineering Director and Pat Womack, Public Works Director, (512) 528-2700 will work with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to design a program that meet wastewater needs.

    ATMOS Energy will provide natural gas service. Mr. Chris LeBlanc, (512) 310-3896, works with business on any natural gas services required for development.

    AT&T and SuddenLink Business are telecommunication service providers. Ms. Susan Darr-Merrick, (512) 870-3330, AT&T and Mr. Joe Bethany, (979) 595-2424, SuddenLink will provide competitive service options.

    Finally, Ms. Tanya Clawson, (512) 746-2000, Clawson Disposal, Inc. assesses solid waste demands. This is Leander’s one-source, solid-waste service provider.

    T A X E S

    Texas does not have a personal income tax. However, the following taxes are applicable for business.

    Corporate Income/Franchise
    Sales – 8.25%

    Real and Personal Property (rates per $100 valuation)
    City of Leander $0.670420
    Williamson County $0.457687
    Leander Independent School District $1.499760
    Upper Brushy Creek Water Control Improvement District $0.020000
    Austin Community College $0.094800
    Total $2.742667

    Freeport – the City of Leander, Williamson County and Leander Independent School District (LISD) have exempted inventory from property taxation.

    There are manufacturing machinery tax exemptions available. Details are available at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts web site.

    I N C E N T I V E S

    Leander structures reimbursable, Performance-Based Incentive Agreements (PBIA) with business. Our criteria for incentive consideration include the following:

    Jobs (quantity & quality) – total Full-Time Equivalents (FTE’s) and average annual payroll plus benefits; and/or
    Capital Investment (real estate, furniture, fixtures & equipment) – all assets used in product or service development; and/or
    Sales Tax (if applicable) – products and/or services that are sales taxable at 8.25%.

    For examples, based upon an approximate annual salary of $50,000 combined with 55 jobs created, the average annual payroll will be $2.75 million. An estimated capital investment of $6,800,000 yields roughly $186,000 in annual property taxes upon complete build out.

    The PBIA will be based upon creation/retention of 50 jobs at the estimated payroll/benefits over at least five years and the referenced capital investment. This will form the basis of a reimbursable, public-private incentive program. Permit fee waiver, expedited construction review, other abatements are negotiable and may be part of this program.

    Our community looks forward to the growth of your business. If further questions arise, or more information is needed, please contact me at the number/addresses below.

    Cheers, Salud, Prost!

    Kirk D. Clennan, CEcD
    Economic Development Director
    City of Leander
    200 West Willis Street
    Leander TX 78641
    (512) 528-2852 phone
    (512) 922-6793 mobile
    (512) 528-2833 facs

    • admin
      February 14, 2012 at 3:53 am

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