Celebrating Twenty Years of Economic Excellence
In August 2001, the citizens of Pflugerville voted to increase the sales tax by ½ cents to fund economic development at a time when Pflugerville had the second-highest tax rate in Texas. Pflugerville was a bedroom city without commercial or industrial development to offset the local taxpayer burden and the City Council was focused on reversing that trend. Today, our ad valorem tax rate of .4863 contrasts the .72+ cents in 2001. Our population of 71,025, was only 16,335 in 2000. The Courtyard by Marriott was a field of Cedar trees, and Pecan Street and FM685 were the only major roads in the City.
The Pflugerville City Council appointed the first board and they convened in January 2002. Their first budget was $3,000; they had no industries, no retail, no gathering place except Tuffs. Since then, we have had 5 directors and almost 50 board members serve the PCDC.
Since then, the city has seen significant growth. Total PCDC sales tax revenues have grown 1,373% since 2003 propelled by the completion of SH-130 and SH-45, Stone Hill Towne Center, the One Thirty Business Park, the PCDC Water Park, and over 80 PCDC projects recruiting and retaining business and industry including the 3.8MM square foot Amazon Fulfillment center that opened October 17th.
We close out our first 20 years having achieved Accreditation as an Economic Development Organization – one of only 70 to earn this honor, the Economic Development Organization of the Year from the International Economic Development Council, and the Community Economic Development Award from the Texas Economic Development Council.
20th Celebration Event
On November 3rd, the PCDC hosted its 20th Anniversary celebration for the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation at the Courtyard Marriott Pflugerville.
We welcomed our PCDC alumni, 48 people who provided volunteer leadership over the past 20 years as well as community leaders and city staff – five of whom have served on the PCDC Board.
During the celebration, PCDC's first Board President, John Franklin spoke about the early years of economic development in the city. John recalls getting a phone call from a business searching for land in Pflugerville and what PCDC could offer. Mr. Franklin paved the way for many board members who followed and we are grateful for his service to the PCDC and its commitment to making Pflugerville a great place to work, live and play.
Watch John Franklin's special message.