Cities sandwiched between Austin, San Antonio take on big challenges

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The mayors of cities sandwiched between the expanding cities of Austin and San Antonio came together Wednesday morning to plan how to tackle housing, transportation and jobs.

The luncheon welcomed city leaders from San Marcos, Kyle and Lockhart.

Mayors of each city took the stage to discuss the major challenges they are working to solve.

“We want to all be together to really get the best we can in terms of career opportunities, quality of life and some of the big challenges we all share,” said San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides.

As more people move from Austin or San Antonio to these smaller towns, they are each dealing with similar issues including a lack of housing and growing traffic.

“We have major transportation problems with I-35 becoming increasingly congested each and every day, that problem can only be solved if we work together,” said Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell.

Part of that is creating a work, play and live environment meaning these cities become self-sufficient and stop leaning on the larger cities to provide them with work.

“When it comes to jobs, a win for San Marcos is a win for Kyle and win for Kyle is a win for the region. So, the Greater San Marcos Partnership has been a tremendous partner in helping the city of Kyle recruit top-notch employers to our community,” said Mitchell.

More jobs in the three cities would also mean less congestion on major roadways.

“Those jobs that are created are good for Caldwell County as well. So, we want to know what’s going on and we want to know what opportunities are within commuting distance for our residents,” Lockhart Mayor Lew White said.

Each mayor says an event like this is a good start in opening communication and creating a stronger more independent community for everyone.

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