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Economic Development Division

 

Economic Development Division

Tori Lucas, Vice Chairman

 

Goal – Enhance and improve the economic environment in Terrell by assisting and promoting the development of new business, industry, and housing, while remaining responsive to the needs of existing retail, commercial, industrial, and housing-related entities.

 

Comprehensive Economic Development Plan

·         Improve communication with the Terrell Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) by integrating the vice chairman as an ex officio member of the TEDC board. 

·         Develop a long term strategy for local economic development by joining the efforts of the EDC to engage a third party consultant to formulate a comprehensive plan that addresses residential growth tactics and targets, retail development plans, average wage objectives, and other issues related to economic development.

·         Schedule quarterly meetings of the economic development division to monitor progress of goal achievement.

 

New Development

·         Publicize local inventory of available construction sites, potential development tracts, and existing buildings at monthly board meetings, in the Chamber Spotlights, via email to targeted groups, and on social media.

·         Recognize new business growth by marketing and hosting groundbreakings for new businesses, and soliciting press to publicize the events.

 

Existing Industry & Labor Force

·         Create a method to track the unemployment rate with the top 10 employers and report findings at monthly board meetings with a goal of lowering the number of vacant positions over a twelve-month period.

·         Take steps to increase the usage, accuracy and relevance of the Work in Terrell webpage by creating and implementing a strategy to increase participation from employers.

·         Develop and implement a plan for marketing available positions through the Work in Terrell program to the DFW metroplex and beyond.

·         Promote the Career and Technical training programs in TISD by partnering industry with educators to maintain the viability of all programs and ensure their quality, growth, and relevance.

·         Continue to take an active role in supporting and facilitating the Terrell Business and HR Association and the Terrell Area Workforce Council by hosting productive information sessions a minimum of two times per year.

 

Government Relations

·         Invite government officials and school officials, as well as future leaders to board meetings to open communication pathways, and institute meetings with officials on a smaller scale to present them with the ideas and concerns of our members. 

·         Emphasize infrastructure development as the city’s long-range plan is developed including building standards for improvement of exterior appearance. 

·         Support the TIF Board in their development efforts. 

 

Retail Development

·         Assist retailers in staying informed on the benefits of economic development, and provide information about the benefits of economic expansion. 

·         Support the needs of small business throughout the city with a representative from the Economic Development Division Committee attending the Small Business meetings at the Chamber monthly.

·         Continue to work with major developers for construction of regional retail facilities.  Identify target retail brands for recruitment.

 

Housing Development

·         Facilitate and encourage proactive and open communication among the Terrell Economic Development Corporation, City of Terrell officials, potential housing developers, and assist in locating available tracts of land to support a wide range of housing options.  Identify impediments and develop a plan.

·         Support and encourage the communication of positive information about the community and availability of housing to the employees of local firms.   

 

Members wishing to participate with the committee directing the Economic Development Division should contact:

Tori Lucas, American National Bank

102 W. Moore Avenue Terrell, TX 75160

Phone 214-863-6068

Torilucas@anbtx.com

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Glenn Caldwell, City of Terrell

Garry Clayton, Nucor

Justin Saunders, Madix

Bruce Loflin, AutoZone Distribution Center

Rick Carmona, Chairman, Terrell Economic Development Corporation

Jack Jones, TEDC Board Member

Robert Messer, TEDC Board Member

Terry Barber, Kaufman County Commissioner Pct. #3

Dawn Steil, Terrell Economic Development Corporation