Until recently, it remained a relatively small town, but according to Suddenlink employees who work in the area – including long-time resident Lou Alsteen, the dispatch supervisor for the company’s Georgetown system – the city’s growth has exploded in the last five years.
That growth has been driven by two factors: a deluge of retirees moving in from other parts of the country and an influx of high-tech jobs in the graphic arts, computer manufacturing, and consumer electronics industries. (Two of Samsung’s advanced semiconductor plants are located only 20 miles south of Georgetown, while Dell’s world headquarters complex is less than 10 miles south.)
Georgetown has also seen corresponding growth in amenities for its expanding population. Alsteen recalls a day when Georgetown had one general store. “Now we have two large shopping malls with two more in the works,” he said, “plus new high schools, restaurants, theaters and plans for a state-of-the-art convention center.”
Robert LeCour – the Georgetown system manager who moved there a year ago – is impressed with the area’s growth, but he’s also impressed with the city’s efforts to maintain the historic character of the town and the natural beauty surrounding it.
“The city planners have really done a tremendous job here, setting up Georgetown to be a model twenty-first-century community, one that benefits from its growth but keeps sight of its other priorities, as well, like conservation of the area’s natural resources,” he said.
Preserving Georgetown’s character is no small matter. The hills, lakes, and wooded spaces surrounding it have attracted visitors and residents long before the recent business expansion, according to Randy Taylor, community relations manager for the Texoma Region’s South Texas district. (Though Taylor currently lives and works in Tyler, Texas, his parents are still in Georgetown, where they’ve lived for more than 30 years.)
Taylor, LeCour and other local Suddenlink employees also appreciate how the area’s growth has contributed to Suddenlink’s business success – as has the large, stable, and growing retirement community.
“Unlike college students, who connect in September and disconnect in May, our retirees are here to stay,” said Bill Bartley, Georgetown’s field systems supervisor. “Many of them are also very savvy about the latest, greatest technology, and they have the money to invest in it.”
All things considered, the Georgetown team is optimistic about the future, and Randy Taylor believes they have good reason to be.
“They’re a great group of people and their positive attitude represents a competitive advantage,” he said. “While they have a good time doing their jobs, they’re constantly on the look out for how they can do better. They never rest on their laurels.”