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2012-10-04 / Community News

Taylor EDC Hosts First Downtown Celebration

The Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) is hosting their first annual Celebrate Downtown Taylor event from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 in the heart of Taylor’s historic downtown.

Celebrate Downtown Taylor is the kick-off event for the Taylor EDC’s “Grow Downtown” initiatives adopted by the TEDC board that include recruiting new businesses with a goal of creating more than 140 new jobs. The City of Taylor has joined the initiative by offering a downtown rental assistance program which will be officially announced at the end of October.

“The Taylor EDC has been known to implement aggressive strategies for promoting and recruiting business growth,” said TEDC Board Chair Christine Lopez, “including a land grant program in 2008 that has successfully recruited businesses to near capacity at our Mustang Creek Industrial Park. On October 6, our focus will expand to include Taylor’s historic downtown.”

Celebrate Downtown Taylor will feature art, live music, entertainment and wine tasting. Performances will include The Austin Jazz Workshop and Taylor’s own Hannah Weison along with other local musicians. Exhibitions will include photos and work from local artists and the Taylor Public Library’s Historical Photo Collection.

“Downtown is the home to architectural jewels that were built in the late 1800s and the early 1900s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Many of the buildings have been lovingly restored and some are ready for new owners and occupants,” according to Main Street Manager Deby Lannen.

“Taylor is an extraordinary city with so much rich heritage and history,” says Laura Perez, Taylor EDC Director of Business Development. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the foundation on which this beautiful city was built, showcase the businesses and encourage investment opportunities. We invite everyone to join us.”

In addition to the Taylor EDC, the City of Taylor, Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Taylor Main Street Board have partnered to support the event. The central hub for information at the event will be Fourth Street between Talbot and Main Streets at the former Fourth Street Station location. Walking tours for visitors will highlight the historic district. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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