The Silsbee Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) was formed in August 1994 as a Section 4A corporation under the Industrial Development Act of 1979. Silsbee voters elected a one-half cent sales tax to fund the corporation by a 70% majority vote on Saturday, August 13, 1994. The original purpose of the SECD was to improve the City’s water and sewer infrastructure and those systems associated with it. However, the additional sales tax revenue could be used only for improvements directly related to encouraging new companies to begin operations in the City. In 1997, the Texas Legislature amended the Act to allow 4A corporations to fund 4B projects like water/sewer projects, if approved by the voters. Voters approved a proposal to use 70% of SEDC revenue for a major water/sewer project in January 1998. In addition to the water/sewer projects, the citizens of Silsbee voted to allow Silsbee Economic Development Corporation to fund the following 4B projects:

 

Professional or amateur athletic facilities

Parks and related public space improvements

Tourism and entertainment facilities

Certain public facility improvements

Transportation improvements

Infrastructural improvements related to business development or expansion

The voters did not approve expenditures for affordable housing as is typically allowed under the 4B section of the law.

 

In addition to the 4A/4B allowable expenditures approved by the voters, since Silsbee is a community of less than 20,000 the corporation can provide funding for retail projects.

 

Between 1995 – 1999, Silsbee Economic Development Corporation concentrated on providing the infrastructure to the 96 Bypass area to prepare for future development.  This provided the water and sewer infrastructure which resulted in the Super Wal Mart and other near-by businesses which have been or will be built on the bypass.

 

2000 – 2001

 

Extend Cemetery Road through to Hwy 96 Bypass for the building of Broussard’s Mortuary

Renovate Ice House Museum

Refurbish Santa Fe softball fields

Develop promotional video for Silsbee through Channel 6 Productions

Provide infrastructure for a new business, Thompson Lake RV & Mobile Home Park.

Contribute to the Hardin County Community Network match, which received a half million dollar Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Grant

Contribute to the Dulcimer Festival (now funded through Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund)

 

2002 – 2006

 

Assistance in building the new fire station

Veteran’s Park

Survey of Village Creek area to determine feasibility of development

Update Waldo Matthews Park

Provide funds to Lamar Institute of Technology to expand course offerings in Silsbee.

Develop and mail survey to learn the community’s perception on the need for a hospital

Extension of waterlines from existing water well on Hwy 327 across Hwy 96 Bypass for Super Wal Mart

Assist the Southeast Texas Arts Council in securing a stop from Artrain USA to attract tourists to the City of Silsbee

Grant to Cowboy Carriers to assist the start up of a new business.

Provided infrastructure for Silsbee Farm and Ranch to expand its business

Provided infrastructure for Sonic to expand its business

Purchased 26 acres on Hwy 96 Bypass to develop for future economic development needs.

 

2007 - 2013

Completion of retail merchandising study of Silsbee to recruit new retailers and restaurants and support existing and future businesses.

Grant to Southern Nurseries to expand, creating new jobs and more sales tax

Grant to Big Thicket Pawn for infrastructure assistance in the purchase of the strip on N 5th street, resulting in new businesses

Construction of Downtown Pavilion and Farmer's Market

Infrastructure grant to Dr Kennison for expansion of his offices, offering better facilities for Silsbee patients

Expansion grant to Chipmunk Armory

Alpha Rescue grant for updated ambulance equipment

Infrastructure grant to Sunshine Resale Shop, which resulted in the retention of jobs

Assistance to Navrovky's for their new Silsbee location

Gus Tire Shop

Development of Entrepreneur Training Program

Survey of Downtown businesses and facilities and research restoration program

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Silsbee Economic Development Corporation

590 North 6th Street

Silsbee, TX 77656