There is good news to look forward to in Corsicana as the vaccine for COVID-19 is slowly arriving in our community.
Currently, there are four places that have received the vaccine: Navarro Regional Hospital, Brookshire’s, H-E-B Grocery, and Super 1 Foods. While these services are providing necessary doses of the coronavirus immunity, the Corsicana Fire Department is in the process of developing a high-volume vaccination hub. Currently all but the hospital are out of doses.
With an action plan in place, the I.O.O.F Event Center will serve as the location of the vaccine administration. This plan is the result of a partnership between Navarro County, the City of Corsicana, Corsicana Independent School District, and Navarro College as well as many other critical stakeholders.
The multi-phase vaccination plan will provide relief for all residents of Corsicana, with doses made priority for seniors (65 ), first responders, healthcare workers, at risk patients, applicable frontline city and county employees, and eventually to the general population. The plan is to deliver 40-50 shots of the vaccine per hour.
A phone bank has been established to help people sign up and schedule appointment times. The phone bank will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will also be open Saturday (January 16th) and Sunday (January 17th) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The phone bank will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021.
For vaccine registration call 903-875-3977 (English) or 903-875-3978 (Spanish).
Working to coordinate the vaccination effort are Corsicana Fire Chief Paul Henley and Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Meyers. Partnering efforts with Navarro Regional Hospital CEO Curt Junkins, these tireless public servants have been working closely together since the pandemic became a national emergency in March of 2020.
Regular COVID-19 testing has been made available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend at Navarro College’s Cook Center in Corsicana, where 200 to 300 people are tested each day. Very soon the Fire Department will introduce a soft launch for an all-new health portal for residents to sign up for vaccines.
This has been a long fight this past year, but as Texans, we are resilient and ready to overcome any challenge sent our way. As long as we work together as a community, we will continue to see a positive outcome.
Let’s make 2021 a winning year for our health and prosperity.
Corsicana is a fantastic place to live and raise a family. Our community has much to offer-from the wonderful public parks to the excellent schools to the historic downtown. These things combine to make Corsicana a stand-out town. Living in our city has become a goal for those seeking a high quality of life and a place to call home.
The demand for existing homes is very high. According to statistics provided by the Navarro County Board of Realtors, homes in Corsicana only stay on the market for 32 days. What does that mean for residents looking to buy a house in Corsicana? It means houses move fast here, and that there is a need for more houses.
Construction for new single-family homes increased, by 164% in 2020 when compared with 2019 and an impressive 342% increase when compared with 2018. Statistics, however, can only show so much of the picture. To see a sample of that progress, one needs to look no further than such properties as the Cedar Spring Apartments which are nearing completion next door to Walmart, the Lofts at the Corsicana Opry downtown, Westover Hills on Dobbins Road, or the Brookwood Community built on the north side of town.
All of these new properties highlight the strong market driven by an eagerness for people who want to live in our community. With things looking economically stronger for 2021, the need for growth and expansion in the city will continue as we build a brighter and more prosperous Corsicana.
Despite 2020 being a year that has tested the resolve of our community, the City of Corsicana saw the debut of several new businesses, while recruiting new industrial partnerships and job opportunities to benefit growth in the future.
January began strong with the announcement that Audubon Metals Texas LLC had chosen Corsicana for a new manufacturing facility. The new addition will create 100 new jobs and over $50 million in capital investment. Audubon Metals Texas will be the first company to locate in the Highway 31 Industrial Park. Construction will be complete in June 2021.
Corsicana Mattress Company, established locally in 1971, announced plans to construct a new 366,000 square foot building in the I-45 Industrial Park. The new building will allow Corsicana Mattress to consolidate local operations, relocate the headquarters back to Corsicana and add 100 new jobs to the existing 350 employees. The new facility will be the first building in the 160-acre I-45 Industrial Park and construction should begin in mid-2021.
Homeland Vinyl Products Inc., a manufacturer of high quality residential and commercial vinyl products, recently purchased the Freedom Fence facility for a new 15-acre location. The company has agreed to invest an additional $3 million in the area, and create 25 new jobs, doubling the workforce to 50 employees.
Additionally, the City was awarded an Economic Development Administration grant for the construction of a new rail spur in the Highway 31 Industrial Park for use by Audubon initially. There are several other tracts that can be served by the spur. New rail service will benefit Corsicana’s economic development effort since there is increasing demand for rail served industrial property.
Corsicana residents were also able to frequent new businesses that opened in 2020, some of the new businesses include Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, a new Kubota dealership, and Altitude Trampoline Park. In the near future, locals will be able to visit a new QuikTrip convenience store as well. These new businesses will have a ripple effect across our local economy with increased spending in retail, restaurants, and service businesses as well as an increased demand for new housing.
Even with some instabilities in the economy due to COVID-19, Corsicana's unemployment has remained lower overall in comparison to the United States and Texas. The unemployment rate in October was 6.9 percent for the United States and 6.7 percent for Texas, while Navarro County held at 5.1 percent.
2021 looks to provide a brighter future as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available to people around the world.
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