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Saginaw Economic Development

ED-Logo-ideaThe purpose of the Economic Development Department is to enhance the quality of life for residents and the sustainability of city businesses through the retention and revitalization of existing businesses and neighborhoods and the promotion, recruitment, and coordination of new commercial and residential development in the city.

Saginaw Economic Development is the City's primary engine for commercial development, charged with marketing Saginaw as a great place to start a business, expand a business, or just plain do business. We are a team who use our expertise to develop, advise, manage and invest to strengthen our commercial business community and help make our City stronger and grow the City's economy. We are dedicated to investing in commercial growth, but it's not only economic ... it's also human growth and capital so Saginaw business and residential citizens realize a rich, rewarding and vibrant future.

Jul 20

What is Economic Development? (Part I - Recruitment)

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Keith Rinehart

I love what I do.

Being an economic developer is a unique role that suits only a certain type of person who delights in mass amounts of data analysis, can comfortably listen and talk to anyone anywhere at any time, and doesn’t mind standing calmly in the middle of contentious storms. It is a field of service that not many people know about because it can be so anamorphic and encompassing that it isn’t easily-defined. But the overall guiding mission of economic developers is the same:

…to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. (Per the International Economic Development Council, 2015)

I’d like to talk about what economic development really is over a special series of blog posts (so it is more digestible). This will be part one, where we cover the most well-known part of what I do: "Recruitment."

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Jul 03

Steel Wheels on Iron Rails

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 4:06 PM by Keith Rinehart

I’m becoming well-acclimated to the rumbling trains passing through Saginaw and the distinctive clatter on the tracks as each wheel passes across unique dips and scars embedded into the metal rails after a long history of use. Growing up in North Texas, I’ve always been accustomed to seeing train tracks spanning long distances and black tanker cars rolling through vast fields, carrying cargo onto the next leg of its journey; but it hasn’t been until coming to Saginaw that I’ve really taken to appreciating how rail moves this country.

Recently, I met with...

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Jun 21

First Blush

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 1:49 PM by Keith Rinehart

Officially, it has been one month since I started working for the City of Saginaw, Texas as Director of Economic Development. In one month I’ve been overwhelmed by the character of resident Saginawians (Saganites? Saginawers?) and the hospitality I’ve been shown- so thank you to each person I’ve met so far and I’m excited to meet the rest of you soon!

There are a few common themes...

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