J.B. Luigi’s is a favorite place for many in Central Texas (and is still going strong in downtown McGregor). In 2015, however, one of the owners of Luigi’s (Bekim Lezi) decided it was time to take the family back to Kosovo. On his last day in McGregor he spoke the following words: “I sure do wish the citizens of McGregor hadn’t been so kind to us. It would have made it a lot easier to leave.” Living in McGregor means living with “family”. We talk, we love, we fuss, we hug. We laugh together, we cry together, we work together and we play together. Ultimately, we work together for the greater good of this community.
It is our goal to share a “Vision For McGregor” so that others might grow to love this community as we do. See below for our “Big 7” goals for McGregor, TX.
Whether it be improving our parks, providing new opportunities for families to enjoy community life, or simply listening to the needs of the citizens of McGregor, building a strong sense of community and bringing forth quality of life changes will help to make the McGregor community a more enjoyable place to live.
Without investment, communities cannot grow and thrive. McGregor has chosen to invest in business retention and expansion efforts so as to build up our local businesses as they develop and grow. We’ve also made it a part of our mission to be a community that invests in order to attract companies that can assist in our growth efforts. Our investments have paid off, not only by allowing for the creation of many jobs in our community (over 3,000), but also by increasing sales tax revenue by an average of 30% each year since 2012.
In 2016, the community of McGregor will see the development of its first large subdivision in decades. Our next development will be a subdivision full of middle and upper-middle class homes. The goal is to provide the necessary housing infrastructure for the job-seekers that choose to work in our lovely community.
Quality streets, updated water lines, free flowing waste-water infrastructure…all things that a community must have to be viable and successful. McGregor is investing the right people and the right tools to make sure our community implements the infrastructure improvements that can take us into the next decade.
A clean community is a respected community. The McGregor Police Department is working diligently to keep out crime and keep citizens secure…cleaning up our neighborhoods and following every lead to it’s logical end. Our Code Enforcement Team is doing the same thing by enforcing quality standards that help to keep property values on the upward trend and help us to take pride in who we are as a community.
For many years, Superintendent Kevin Houchin has kept McGregor ISD at the “tip of the spear”. They have overcome the challenges that come with poverty economic drought all while growing the schools and remaining on the cutting edge of learning. As they continue to develop and grow McGregor ISD, they bring in the best teachers and seek only success for each individual learner.
Projects are continuously underway that will help to turn McGregor parks into destination places for many across the county. An 18-hole Disc Golf Course is being developed for Amsler Park (with short and long throws). Thanks to the McGregor Economic Development Corporation, McGregor’s three main parks (Amsler, Bewley and Kasting) now have brand new play equipment, tables and trash receptacles. Walking trails and a new ballfield complex are also currently in development.
Those who choose to live in McGregor have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to. Other projects that are currently in development include:
- The McGregor Downtown Exchange (Farmers Market & Community Event Facility)
- New & Improved Community Events
- Certification of the McGregor Industrial Park
- New walking trails
- A possible future Splash-Pad