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Lufkin’s 4B Discusses Incentives on 2 Prospective Projects

By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

No recommendations came out of Thursday’s meeting of the Lufkin 4B Economic Development Corporation.

However, in a one-hour closed executive session, members deliberated proposed economic development incentive proposals for “Project 12” and “Project Hardwood” as well as proposed real estate acquisitions.

Members said more information was needed before the board could make recommendations on those prospective projects. Interim Economic Development Director Nancy Windham said both prospective projects match skills sets for the area’s workforce.

“We want to have a reputation of having good matches for the city of Lufkin,” Windham said. “If you’ve got projects that match up with the skills of our labor force and the properties that they are looking at, that’s a good match, and we want to make sure that we connect all the dots. We’re very excited about these projects, and hopefully we’ll be able to announce something soon.”

During the open session of the meeting, Windham told members that city staff and members of the economic development partnership recently spent time touring properties downtown and other sites for small businesses, including buildings owned by developer Mark Hicks as well as the Chandler Mathis Law Firm, Perry Building, the former Community Title Building, Republic Building and the Perco Warehouse.

“We wanted to see what kind of inventory is available and meet some of the business owners that are already downtown,” Windham said. “We wanted to see what our options are for marketing outside of our area, bringing new businesses in and helping promote the success of the businesses we have. I was pleased with what we found and am looking forward to marketing those properties and others as staff goes out to add to the available inventory.”

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 12:30 am

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