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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 pm

By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation hosted a "Red Team" recruiting meeting Tuesday in an effort to recruit area leaders to assist the corporation in providing information to businesses interested in coming to the city.

CCEDC Executive Director Polo Enriquez and Marketing Director Monica Hull presented a list of 11 active projects the corporation is working on, and 64 it has received since October 2010. They explained the Request for Information process large businesses go through when scouting out communities.

Much of the information requested in the RFIs the CCEDC receives are things its staff does not deal with regularly, such as statistics on the environment, detailed energy information and in-depth tax and demographic information, Hull said.

Typically, responses are due within a few days. Hull said one RFI the CCEDC completed was 47 pages long.

Among those in attendance Tuesday were Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner, Coryell County Judge John Firth, County Commissioner Jack Wall and representatives from Atmos Energy, Central Texas College, the Central Texas County of Governments, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, Copperas Cove Independent School District, Time Warner Cable, Walker Partners, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Oncor Electric Delivery.

Hull said this was the first time such a team has been formed.

"This is the first time we've done anything at this level," she said, reflecting on the increased number of RFIs the CCEDC has received in recent months.

Enriquez said the corporation has a staff of three people, two of whom compile all the information for RFIs.

"It takes time to put these things together. Accuracy is critical," he said. "We need to focus on getting outside help."

Enriquez said many of those present, which he referred to as community stakeholders, had already been helping the CCEDC answer questions.

He said the event was a way for him to develop relationships with area leaders.

"I still consider myself fairly new here," he said. "This helps me a lot."

Contact Lauren Cabral at lcabral@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476.

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