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Falcon Lake Hotel and Resort Concept Study – 2011

Falcon Lake Hotel and Resort Concept Study – 2011

Zapata, Texas
Project Sponsor: Zapata Economic Development Corporation
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: 2011

This study describes a preliminary concept plan for a hotel and lake front resort development on Falcon Lake in the community of Zapata in Zapata County, Texas. The report also includes an economic base study for Zapata/Zapata County and a destination resort peer analysis.

Preliminary Feasibility Study – A Hotel and Conference Center for Alamo, Texas

Preliminary Feasibility Study – A Hotel and Conference Center for Alamo, Texas

Alamo, Texas
Project Sponsor: Alamo Economic Development Corporation
Completed: December 2011

This study is a preliminary capacity analysis of a site in Alamo, Texas located on Highway 83 in Hidalgo County for use as a Hotel and Conference Center. The CURPR was commissioned by the Alamo EDC to perform the analysis of the site for market context, access, capacity, and potential feasibility with the ultimate goal of creating a concept vision for a hotel and conference center, theater, and restaurants.

Proposed Uvalde County Research Center

Proposed Uvalde County Research Center

Uvalde, Texas
Project Sponsor: Uvalde County
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: 2011

A conceptual land use plan was developed for a Research Park for Uvalde County on a 140 acre site. The concept plan included areas for a wildlife research center, solar farm, and a commercial corridor on U.S Highway 90. The proposed park is located just west of the City of Uvalde along U.S. Highway 90.

Visitors Complex

Visitors Complex

Sonora, Texas
Project Sponsor: Sonora Economic Development Corporation
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: October 2011

The CURPR and the Sonora Economic Development Corporation worked together to define and develop a vision concept for a visitors center in Sonora, Texas on Highway 277 off of Interstate Highway 10. The visitor center had to accommodate several significant historical buildings on the site. The vision concept developed by the CURPR was used to help secure funding and approval from the Texas Department of Transportation for the concept.

Civic Center and Fire Department – Von Ormy, Texas

Civic Center and Fire Department – Von Ormy, Texas

Von Ormy, Texas
Project Sponsor: City of Von Ormy, Texas
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: 2011

A preliminary conceptual model and land use plan for a civic center was developed by the CURPR for the newly incorporated City of Von Ormy, Texas on a 45 acre site. The plan included space for the city council chamber and offices, a community park and plaza, and a community pavilion for public events. The City of Von Ormy is located in southwest Bexar County along Interstate Highway 35.

Port Isabel Downtown District Plan

Port Isabel Downtown District Plan

Port Isabel, Texas
Project Sponsor: City of Port Isabel
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: May 2011

This study presents a vision plan for the downtown district in Port Isabel to assist the community in its continuing revitalization and economic development efforts to become a waterfront resort. The plan also includes a business/economic assessment and an economic gap analysis to target new investment in the community.

I-35 South Corridor Study: Between San Antonio and Laredo

I-35 South Corridor Study: Between San Antonio and Laredo

I-35 South Texas
Project Sponsor: I-35 Coalition
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: August 2011

The I-35 South Corridor Study outlines a possible long-range strategy to improve the business climate, economy, land use planning, environment and quality of life for residents in the I-35 South Corridor. The corridor is anchored by two major metropolitan areas, Laredo to the south and San Antonio to the north. Eight communities and four counties were examined in terms of their historical context, existing conditions, options for the future, and demographic and economic characteristics. The recommendations section provides an overall corridor strategy and a series of recommendations that targets both the corridor and each of the communities.