Beautiful Fall Foliage on the Guadalupe River in Texas. Kerrville park with picnic table.

Kerrville: Texas Hill Country Charm Between Two Major Plays

Kerrville, Texas, is a community of approximately 22,000 people on Interstate 10 between the Eagle Ford, Cline and Permian Basin energy production plays. “We have held our tax rate to a historical low rate for the last five years, though we have been through one of history’s worst economic eras, while improving our bond rating from AA- to AA,” states Mayor Jack Pratt, who was recognized for outstanding leadership and dedication as a municipal official. “We have improved municipal services, developed an in-house road program and implemented a robust capital-improvements program,” Pratt adds. Since fiscal year 2010, approximately $52 million in capital projects has been completed and another $61.4 million is underway. A very successful economic development program has also been created, adding over 650 jobs in the past two years.

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Kerrville, A Charming Texas Hill Country Town

As one of the larger cities between the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, Kerrville is centrally located and a very cost-effective option for the oil and gas industries. Industry employees can live in Kerrville, conduct business and enjoy their evenings at home in the Texas Hill Country.

Kerrville fosters an environment that invites business enterprise. Astute community leadership, wise technology and utility infrastructure planning, and a spirit of entrepreneurship make it a prime spot for starting and sustaining a business. The city’s local economic development entity, the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) facilitates new investment, industry jobs and primary job growth. The KEDC has identified energy as a target market. The community actively promotes energy industry growth through organizations like the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER), the Eagle Ford Consortium and the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

The Fox Tank Company, a steel tank manufacturer, has developed a heater treater/pressure vessel plant in Kerrville and is predicted to add 153 permanent direct and indirect jobs, adding $136 million to the local economy. The city has a vibrant industrial base that is also home to James Avery Craftsman Inc. and Mooney Aviation Company.

Local commitment to the growth of the energy sector is reflected in its robust economic development programs. Economic development incentives can be tailored to the unique needs of qualified businesses seeking to relocate to or expand in Kerrville. Packages may include, but are not limited to, tax rebates, job training and grants for construction and improvements.

As one of the larger cities between the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, Kerrville is centrally located and a very cost-effective option for the oil and gas industries

Kerrville has an exceptional school system with an almost 100 percent graduation rate. Schreiner University and the Alamo Colleges Greater Kerrville Center provide many educational alternatives that benefit local employers. The region is served by the Kerrville/Kerr County Airport, which has been recognized by the Texas Department of Transportation with the General Aviation Airport of the Year award. This facility has a 6,400-foot runway based for approximately 155 aircraft, including single- and multi-engine jets, planes, helicopters and gliders. The airport contains 28 hangers with another 12 in the planning stages. It is a base for recreation enthusiasts as well as corporate entities.

World-class healthcare is provided by the Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). Administering exceptional, compassionate patient care, PRMC is a 124-bed hospital with 24/7 emergency care on a gorgeous, 35-acre campus that wraps patients in a quiet and healing environment.

A fun place to live and to visit, Kerrville has a distinct personality formed from a historic legacy of Texans — entrepreneurs, celebrities, artists, musicians, soldiers, sailors and statesmen. A vibrant community lives on today in the place, people and traditions — the home of legends past and present.

A rich history of commerce and the abundant natural beauty of the river, hills and wildlife, along with a beautiful year-round climate make Kerrville a jewel of a place.  It’s a healthy, welcoming place for people of all ages and for businesses, visitors and tourists. And it’s perfectly situated for business and fun. Kerrville is a hub of everything that makes the Hill Country wonderful — shopping, dining, education, healthcare and lodging. Not to mention the wonderful outdoor activities and entertainment venues.

Kerrville also offers a rich array of arts and entertainment. World-class artists, artisans and performers flock here — unexpected for a city of its size. Vibrant performing, fine and folk art, music (including a 75-piece orchestra) and art venues, along with museums and art galleries rival Texas’ metro areas. Diverse fine and casual dining and local specialties are offered throughout the Kerrville area. Local wineries and craft agriculture combine to make the area an adventure in sights, flavors and aromas.

Kerrville is an enterprise town. Wise infrastructure planning and a spirit of entrepreneurship make it a prime spot for starting and sustaining a business. Its citizens enjoy the best in technology and utility services. Kerrville upholds a desirable essence of small-town living, yet with all the lifestyle amenities we expect — it is an authentic Hill Country experience.

A rich history of commerce and the abundant natural beauty of the river, hills and wildlife, along with a beautiful year-round climate make Kerrville a jewel of a place

The city is also quite a contrast to suburban and urban America. Kerrville is a safe, friendly community, and it promotes a wonderful quality of life with excellent schools, healthcare, parks and year-round special events. From preschool programs to college, post-graduate, trade and vocational training, and lifelong learning, the educational opportunities, both public and private are remarkable. These institutions open their doors to everyone and ensure this community continues to thrive.

Kerrville’s beautiful river, tree-covered hills and wildlife make it an extraordinary place to live, work and visit. Choose from an endless selection of year-round outdoor activities and entertainment — hunting, camping, fishing, youth sports, boating, cycling, running, kayaking, climbing, hiking, golfing, tennis, shooting sports and more. State-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities abound, including an Olympic-class shooting range.

Bluebonnets on a hillside in the Texas Hill CountryAnd if the natural beauty of Kerrville isn’t gorgeous enough, a newly remodeled downtown and city hall have revitalized the once-sleepy rural community into a sprawling cosmopolitan city. Kerrville’s Guadalupe River runs through downtown, showcasing approximately $8 million in park improvements along the waterfront, including a new 4.2-mile river trail corridor promising a Texas good time of relaxation, exercise and tubing. “The parks have transcended beautifully with these improvements and are truly remarkable assets for our community,” says Pratt. “The dancing water and sparkling lights from the new fountain plaza are sure to captivate, adding more to the substantial beauty of our community. This will be a place for many generations to play, enjoy and make lifelong memories.”

Residents of Kerrville are blessed to live in a safe community, with abundant natural beauty, outstanding year-round weather and a stable economy. The city has been highlighted numerous times as a destination for visitors in publications such as Texas Highways magazine. But, what visitors come here to do is available to community members year-round. When looking for places to explore over the next several months, remember to think of Kerrville. You’ll be glad you did.

For more information, visit www.kerrvilletx.gov or just take a drive out there!

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