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Terrell: Giving Residents a Sense of Place

Authors: 
Carlton Tidwell

According to the U.S. Census data estimates earlier this year, Kaufman County ranks third in the nation in percentage of population growth from 2017 to 2018 for counties with more than 20,000 people. When families are looking for a place to call home, they aren’t just looking for a house in a nice neighborhood. They’re looking for more than that.

We believe the reason people are choosing Kaufman County, and the city of Terrell in particular, is because people desire to have a sense of place. In other words, they want to become part of a community with unique qualities. One where they not only live, but where they can work, shop, eat, and play.

They are looking for a place where their children can get a high-quality education from a school district that demonstrates continuous academic improvement and offers free Dual Credit college courses for high school students. A place that offers summer learning programs and recreation programs through facilities like Terrell ISD's Excellence Center for Enhanced Learning (ExCEL) and the Riter C. Hulsey public library. A place where kids can participate in extracurricular activities, from youth sports to music to theater.  A place where families can stay entertained with concerts, drama performances, museums, movies, bowling, arcades and more. A place where they can fellowship at church or get involved with an organization or civic club. A loving community where you know your neighbors.

People moving to Kaufman County want a growing community that still has small town charm and all that entails, from the sights and sounds of Friday night lights to having someone carry your groceries out to the car. A town where you can still enjoy annual, family-friendly events like the Heritage Jubilee and the Fourth of July fireworks display. An established town rich in history that connects us to the past with historic homes and a historic downtown that is home to many small businesses.

Citizens benefit from a cohesive local government who cares about the residents and betterment of the community. A leadership working together to grow our historic downtown district, the Crossroads at Terrell retail development, and business parks to continue to bring jobs, services, shopping and dining options to residents.

Residents of Terrell also enjoy convenience. In just 30 minutes they can be in Dallas to attend professional sporting events or enjoy a special night out and be back home to sleep in their beds without incurring hotel expense.

Terrell offers all these things and more, and we are working feverishly to keep up the momentum to continue to provide residents a sense of place. We strive to create a place where people want to be.

The Terrell Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau, the Terrell Economic Development Corporation, local government, and Terrell ISD all work together to create growth for the city of Terrell so that our current and prospective resident families will have a place with jobs, retail, restaurants, amenities and organizations that meet all their needs. Providing these conveniences close to home allows residents to avoid commuting, saving precious time and money…giving them a sense of place.