With the national unemployment rate hovering just above 8 percent, it is encouraging to see Texas communities, large and small, creating new jobs.
A couple years ago, the Texas Department of Agriculture awarded a downtown revitalization grant to the small town of Cisco, located about 45 miles east of Abilene. Cisco, known for being the site of Conrad Hilton’s first hotel, used the grant to provide street improvements, safe parking and handicap access to the town's historic downtown area. With those funds, the forward-looking city has seen a boom of new business activity. Recently, a dance studio, barber shop and insurance company have opened their doors in downtown Cisco. A Family Dollar store is now in the works and a pizzeria is on the way. These new businesses are providing valuable job opportunities for Cisco residents and have helped revitalize the city for families to enjoy.
For a number of years, TDA has made a priority of revitalizing rural downtown areas. With the Downtown Revitalization Program, Texas towns are awarded up to $150,000 in federal grants twice a year. This money helps to significantly revitalize and preserve the many historic downtown areas that represent the Lone Star State’s heart and soul.
With its recent improvements and economic development, Cisco is another example of why Texas is one of the greatest states in the nation for residents to live, work and raise a family.