Community Client-Rural Business Program
February 02, 2017
“The assistance to Christoval made with and through SBDC connections have been critical to achieving successes thus far, including improved, sustainable quality of life and to forward movement toward better days for the community.”
As with many small rural communities, Christoval’s history is rich boasting the first Art Colony in Texas, home to many large ranching operations. A vision of an active Main Street, rebirth as an art center and life along the banks of the spring-fed S. Concho River drove interest, hope and momentum…all of which became more real when the opportunity to work with Angelo State University, Small Business Development Center surfaced.
From the onset, Angelo State University’s, Small Business Development Center (ASU SBDC) advisor Peggy Rosser was an integral resource. With a broad knowledge of services and funding sources available through government agencies, foundations and grants, Peggy began to help build momentum by suggesting contacts and strategies to help realize the dream to revitalize Christoval. ASU SBDC participates in the Rural Business Program at The University of Texas San Antonio.
Resources accessed by ASU SBDC are extensive. Through connections at the UTSA Rural Business Program, Project Manager Andrew Denzer, resourced the UTSA School of Architecture to assist with an extensive assessment of the Main Street redevelopment corridor, and, produced concept renderings to guide residents toward small and large changes. As follow up, community meetings were held and committees formed to create and pursue action plans.
To capitalize on the involvement of SBDC, Founder/Organizer Sylvia Pate identified favorable impacts…among them being a marked increase in involvement among residents and outside entities as shown by increased community meeting attendance, involvement among departments at Angelo State University, establishment of a permanent fund at San Angelo Area Foundation, art installations along Main Street, nearly 400% increase in B&B properties and more restaurants…all of which are a financial boost to the Christoval Community Fund …all accomplished without property taxes nor city government.
Sylvia states, “The assistance to Christoval made with and through SBDC connections have been critical to achieving successes thus far, including improved, sustainable quality of life and to forward movement toward better days for the community.”