September 17, 2020

TEMPLE, TEXAS (September 17, 2020) – The Santa Fe Plaza and Santa Fe Market Trail, located at 301 West Avenue A in Temple, Texas have been awarded the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President’s Award for “Best Downtown Public Improvement” in the state for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Five additional Temple-based finalists were announced for President’s Awards, which will be voted on by a panel of TDA judges and announced next month.

The Santa Fe Plaza is a $30 million redevelopment in downtown Temple anchored by the historic Santa Fe Depot, and bordered by the Santa Fe Business Center and Temple Independent School District’s (ISD) administrative building. Home to Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC), Temple Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, the 34,000-square-foot Santa Fe Business Center houses all things business development in Temple. Together, the Santa Fe Business Center and Temple ISD administrative building brought 300 jobs to downtown Temple with the plaza’s opening in 2018.

The Santa Fe Market Trail serves as a pedestrian path that connects the plaza with Santa Fe Market, a 3.28-acre site which houses a food truck court, pavilion, garden, art and an open lawn for gatherings and events. This $1.5 million investment project was completed in February 2020.

“This distinction is a realization of our vision for downtown Temple,” says Temple EDC President and CEO Adrian Cannady. “The Santa Fe Market Trail literally paves the way toward Temple’s vibrant and dynamic downtown. As businesses expand and our downtown continues to grow, we are pleased to showcase the multi-functional plaza that pays homage to our heritage as a railroad town and highlights the bright future and abundant opportunities in our growing city. ”

Temple, Texas has also been recognized by TDA with five finalists from more than 100 entries for President’s Awards. Winners will be announced in October 2020.

Temple-based TDA President’s Awards finalists:

  • Best New Construction: Temple Business Center Building
  • Best Downtown Business: The Hub
  • Best Downtown Business: H5B3, LLC
  • Best Downtown Partner: Academie Musique of Central Texas
  • Best Digital Promotion: Virtual First Friday

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The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the designated economic development entity for the City of Temple, Texas. Temple EDC strengthens relationships, builds partnerships, and provides solutions that cause entities to choose Temple.

Temple is Central Texas’ burgeoning community where location, infrastructure and workforce converge in one of Texas’ most cost-competitive markets. Temple provides unparalleled access via I-35, combined with a highly competitive cost of living and doing business.

For companies looking to leave behind the higher costs and congestion of metros, Temple offers more “bang for your buck” from housing to operating costs and the ability to make an impact in a community on the cusp of significant growth. Home to 1,600 acres of shovel-ready land prime for development, Temple is a launchpad for companies at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, slated to run from El Paso to Georgia. Served by both Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF), Temple offers robust freight distribution infrastructure, and easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Corporate trailblazers who choose Temple will find themselves in good company. McLane Company, Baylor Scott & White Health, Wilsonart International, McLane Group, Reynolds Consumer Products, PDI and Artco-Bell Corporation are just a few of the many industry leaders that have already established headquarters and major operations in Temple.

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