People continue to shop, dine, and move to Cleburne, according to the latest Economic Development update.
City staff provided a quarterly update at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting. Economic Development manager Grady Easdon highlighted local economic and residential growth and provided a look and what’s coming to Cleburne.
“I always enjoy these economic updates and hearing what’s going on because that’s the heartbeat of a community and in Cleburne the economy is very strong,” said Mayor Scott Cain.
2021 was a landmark year for commercial growth as the city issued 44 new commercial building permits compared to 17, 14, and 4 in 2020, 2019, and 2018 respectively. Some of the construction permits issued in the past quarter include San Marcos Bakery & Catering, Texas Best Smokehouse, Lifecycle Biotechnologies, The Distressed Rose, Old West Boutique, and more.
Easdon showed new businesses coming to Cleburne including Clear Water Car Wash, Henderson Express Car Wash, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and Russell Feed & Supply.
People continue to shop, dine, and use professional services in Cleburne. Sales tax revenue in January 2022 is up 25% compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date numbers are above the previous year as well by 20%.
The city continues to see success in its grant programs. The City Council approved 4 Façade Grant applications and two Downtown Building Rehabilitation grants this past quarter. From its start in 2016, the façade program, which assists local developers in refreshing storefronts, has included 36 participants assisting with $445,000 in improvement projects. The Downtown Building Rehabilitation grant, which supports projects to improve older buildings, has benefitted 16 projects stimulating $520,000 in improvements.
Cleburne’s unemployment rate of 3.6% is lower than Texas’s 4.3%.
The update also showed continued residential growth as more people are making Cleburne their home. In 2021, the city issued 295 new residential building permits. The number is just less than the 328 issued in 2020, but above the 261 in 2019 and 101 in 2018.
“Ten years ago I use to refer to Cleburne as North Texas’s best kept secret and I think it’s safe to say the secret is out,” Mayor Cain said. “With my colleagues on City Council and our city staff, we have been putting in the groundwork for having a strategic plan and now it’s go time.”
Watch the presentation