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HaysFreePress.com February 8, 2017 Page 1D STAFF REPORT separating us from fork over the cash to If and when the them. On Jan. 25, keep its own citizens president's plan comes President Donald Trumpout of American soil. to fruition, experts Texas is predicted to issued an executive And when our southern predict it will trigger be the most affected order to immediately neighbor refused, Trump a trade war between state by the possibility of begin erecting a border instead proposed taxing our two nations. But a trade war with Mexico, wall. But the million-all Mexican imports bythe impact of the according to the online dollar question or, more 20 percent to finance economic fallout will group WalletHub. accurately, the $15 tothe wall's construction, be different for every The border between $25 billion question is: In brief, the so-called state. WalletHub's data the U.S. and Mexico Who will pay for it? "border-adjusted tax" analysts compared the may soon expand During his would be imposed on 50 states and the District into a 40-foot-high, presidential campaign,U.S. corporations and of Columbia across five 1,000-mile-long Trump suggested that discourage them from concrete barrier Mexico itself should offshoring business. MEXICO, 4D TOP 10 STATES AFFECTED BY TRADE BATTLE 1. Texas 2. Arizona 3. Michigan 4. New Mexico 5. Kentucky 6. Tennessee 7. Utah 8. Missouri 9. Alabama 10. Iowa TEXAS TIED FOR TOP RANK IN THESE CATEGORIES: Highest Exports to Mexio as % of Total State Exports Highest Exports to Mexico as % of State GDP Highest Imports from Mexico as % of Total State Imports Highest Imports from Mexico as % of State GDP SUBMITTED REPORT Hays County has become the 12th local government to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in Texas, according to a press release from the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP). PACE is a financing program enacted in 2013 that enables owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for water conservation, energy-efficiency improvements, and renewable retrofits. Under the leadership of the Hays County Commissioners Court, commercial PACE is now available throughout the county, including Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, San Marcos and other communities throughout the county. Hays County joins Travis and Williamson counties to form a three-county central Texas PACE region along the 1-35 Corridor. "This program is designed to help local businesses of all sizes afford repairs and retrofits that result in energy and water conservation, at no cost to taxpayers," said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb. "We appreciate the assistance of all who worked together to bring these options to our local business owners." The Hays County: Commissioners Court adopted the PACE in a Box model and selected the Texas PACE Authority to administer the program. PACE in a Box How does the PACE program work? A building owner: Applies to PACE program If the owner, building and project all meet PACE requirements: The project The PACE program bills assessments tothe owner and forwards the payments to the lender "This program is designed to help local businesses of all sizes afford repairs and retrofits that result in energy and water conservation, at no cost to taxpayers ... We appreciate the assistance of all who worked together to bring these options to our local business owners." -Bert Cobb, Hays County Judge standardizes the design of PACE programs in Texas, resulting in uniformity and predictability of requirements for PACE financing among all participating local jurisdictions. As a result, the various stakeholders in PACE financing transactions - property owners, lenders, governmental agencies, energy service companies, manufacturers and others - are able to accelerate the process of utilizing PACE financing in Texas. Among the first anticipated to utilize the Hays County PACE program is Simon Property Group's Premium Outlets. Future-focused improvements to the HVAC, water, and energy systems are expected to be some of the many upgrades made by Simon Property Group. The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) worked with Hays County to determine the value of implementing the PACE program. Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, said the program is a "cost-effective way" for area building owners to make improvements to their faciliites. She added it would help cut down on a business' expense, while lowering its environmental impact. CLEAN ENERG 4D I Buda 1. Knepp Incorporated- 15295 IH-35, Bldg. 1000 2. MM Custom Homes- 211-B N. FM 1626 3. Rocking Horse Academy Phase 2 - 6022 McNaughton 4. Texas Orthopedics - 4215 Benner Rd. 5. Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies - 5132 Kyle Center Dr., Ste. 107 6. Hays Junction Phase II Apartments - 828 Bebee Rd. 7. Out of the Blue Salon - 225 S. Main St. #101 8. Wright's Emporium - 225 S. Main St. #106 9. Howry Building - 225 S. Main St. / BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com A $20,000 incentives package approved by Buda city leaders last month is expected to pave the way for a company that maintains semiconductor construction equipment to open for business. By a unanimous vote on Jan. 3, the Buda City Council approved a performance agreement on second reading between the Buda Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and "Their only neighbors are Texas Lehigh, Deep Eddy and currently vacant land ... They are building their facility on the back portion of 19 acres and have plans to develop the remaining land into a business park that will house similar light industrial and commercial uses." -Ann Miller, Executive Director of the Buda Economic Development Council GMAG Holdings, which is the parent company of Chip Semiconductor. According to city documents, the performance agreement would have Buda pay $20,000 for permit fees "and to secure or make improvements to infrastructure for their facility." Per city documents, the performance agreement requires GMAG Holdings to invest at least $5,000,000 in capital improvements and build approximately 45,000 square feet of new industrial space within the city. Miller said the facility Ann Miller, Buda EDC will not be used in executive director, said the manufacture of the facility is already semiconductors, but will under construction on utilize clean rooms to South Loop 4 at the test, fix and improve the northwest intersection equipment used to make of Robert S. Light Blvd. semiconductors. "Their only neighbors "Chip Semiconductor are Texas Lehigh, Deep purchases the Eddy and currently equipment used to vacant land," Miller make semiconductors, said, "They are building reconditions, retools, their facility on the back refurbishes and portion of 19 acres and customizes it to have plans to develop meet the needs of the remaining land a semiconductor into a business park manufacturing that will house similar company," Miller said in light industrial and commercial uses." INCENTIVES, 4D