Clyde Economic Development Corporation | PO Box 257, 106 Cedar St | Clyde, Texas 79510
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City of Clyde
Economic Development

Destination: Clyde

March 08, 2012

In 2011, Dean Runyan Associates prepared a study for the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism. The purpose of the study was to document the economic significance of the travel industry in Texas from 1990 to 2010. The findings of the study show the level of travel spending by visitors traveling to and within the state, and the impact this spending had on the economy in terms of earnings, employment, and tax revenue.

As stated in the report: The multi-billion dollar travel industry in Texas is a vital part of the state and local economies. The industry is represented primarily by retail and service firms, including lodging establishments, restaurants, retail stores, gasoline service stations, and other types of businesses that sell their products and services to travelers. The money that visitors spend on various goods and services while in Texas produces business receipts at these firms, which in turn, employ Texas residents and pay their wages and salaries. State and local government units benefit from travel as well, primarily in the form of excise taxes on the goods and services purchased by visitors.

Read the full report HERE

Since Clyde America is not currently a popular tourist destination, you might be wondering what this has to do with us at all…. and I am glad you asked.  In our district alone (District 53 at the time of this study), from 2002 to 2010, travel and tourism supported 4900 jobs, generated $280M in spending, $4.8M in tax dollars and $16M in state revenue. That’s “M” for millions!  If you noticed above, it states that the “industry is represented primarily by retail and service firms, including lodging establishments, restaurants, retail stores, gasoline service stations, and other types of businesses that sell their products and services to travelers”.  Clyde may not have any ‘lodging establishments’ at this point in time, but we do have restaurants, retail stores, service firms, gas stations and service stations. Clyde also happens to be located on one of Texas’ most-travelled interstate highways.  Travel and tourism is very important to the City of Clyde and to our entire region.

Thousands of travelers pass through our city limits every single day. Let’s list some of the reasons they will stop in Clyde:

  • get gas
  • use the restroom
  • eat a meal
  • visit a friend or family member
  • attend a school sporting event

Clyde has generated revenue from these types of stops for a very long time, primarily due to our fortunate location on I-20.  We do have opportunities though to capture more travelers. For example: by offering good deals that might not be had in Abilene, Blake Fulenwider is able to draw folks out to Clyde.  By offering unique, quality, handmade products, Phil Mintz at Happy Trails is drawing folks to Clyde from across the region.  Smith & Son, Bonterra Blu, Hawk Portable Buildings, and Feathered Star all also offer products and services that appeal to the greater Big Country and beyond.  Specific retail goods and services can very quickly develop a loyal following that will continue to enhance our local economy.

Why do people travel though?  They travel for business and they travel for FUN! They travel to visit historic sites and to attend festivals and participate in celebrations. They travel to relax, to camp, to swim, to shop, to be anywhere but work.  What else does Clyde  (or could Clyde) offer that has the potential to generate “tourism dollars”? We already have a few events in place that draw small crowds from the surrounding areas:

  • July 4th Lake Fest
  • Pecan Fest
  • Hallelujah Night
  • Lions Club Weekend Basketball Tournament

We have seen these events grow in our own community, and with only a little creative development and a little more advertising, these events have the potential to grow into “destination events.”

Have you ever been out to Clyde Lake after dark? Amateur astronomers would certainly be impressed with what the night sky over Clyde Lake has to offer.  The Bankhead Highway – which runs straight through Clyde – will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in a couple of years.  That is an historic route that people (tourists!) are interested in. How are we planning to capture their attention as they retrace this route through Clyde?  Bus-trips head west from the DFW area regularly filled with visitors to Texas who want to see “real cowboys”. We have those. Did you know that the City of Mineral Wells has turned the ‘borrow pit’ of a former landfill into a Fossil Park that attracts hundreds of visitors every month? Even though admission to the park is free, those visitors will likely stay for a meal or fill up their cars with gas in Mineral Wells. Those are “tourism dollars” and tourism dollars equal economic development.

Clyde America is a community rich in history, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.  If you can imagine Clyde America as a “destination,” others will see it too.  If you would like to continue this conversation, your ideas would look great in my inbox- estallings@clydeamerica.com

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