The Gonzales Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) recently hired Dixie Flag Company from San Antonio to repair approximately more than 12 of the giant 30-foot by 60-foot flags that fly in Texas Hero Square.
The GEDC also purchased rolling carts to properly store the flags. The flags, which had been in storage, were inspected by staff from the City of Gonzales parks department and Dixie Flag Company and were found to be in repairable condition.
The flags and flagpole are a unique feature in downtown. Residents and visitors can frequently be seen taking photos of the flag by itself or with loved ones and family members which are seen across multiple social media platforms.
“The decision to repair the flags, instead of purchase new ones, was made to ensure the corporation was being a good steward of the sales tax that fund economic development projects,” said Jennifer Kolbe, GEDC economic development director.
The GEDC is a Type 4B development corporation that collects a one-half cent sales tax of taxable goods purchased in the City of Gonzales. The cost of repairing the flags was about $83 each. Depending on the flag — Come and Take It, Texas or U.S. flags — the cost for new flags runs between $1,300 to $3,000.
“The amount saved by repairing instead of purchasing is significant and allows the GEDC to invest their funds into projects such as land acquisition, infrastructure projects and Main Street grants,” Kolbe said.
For information about the GEDC, contact Jennifer Kolbe, Economic Development Director, (830) 672-2815. To learn more about Gonzales and the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, visit GonzalesEDC.org.