The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation shared results from and impressions of its trip to the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas with area service providers.
“This conference gathers people from all over the United States, and the world for that matter, to make deals,” said Polo Enriquez, the corporation’s executive director, at a Red Team meeting.
The Red Team consists of several organizations and businesses that provide services throughout the Central Texas region, such as Oncor Electric Delivery, Central Texas College and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.
Three corporation representatives attended the conference in May in Las Vegas, where 44,000 others discussed growth plans in the retail industry.
Twenty-one appointments were set up with developers, retail store representatives and manufacturers about locating in the city, Enriquez said.
“I think we wound up with nine or 10 very solid leads for doing (future) business,” he said.
Three or four of those companies already contacted the Cove EDC for more information about the city, he said.
The corporation plans to contact the rest.
“Talking to the retailers, some are ready to come today, some are ready to come in a year, and some are ready to come in two years,” said Monica Hull, director of business development.
Many people already were aware of Copperas Cove, Enriquez said.
“A lot of people have already been here,” he said. “They have walked our streets, they have taken pictures and looked at the infrastructure.”
Its proximity to Fort Hood, the city’s decision to fund the U.S. Highway 190 bypass project and Robert Griffin III were national attention-getters for developers, Enriquez said.
While at the conference, the group presented information about multiple sites in the city, including Five Hills Shopping Center, the Narrows Business and Technology Park, and areas along the U.S. 190 bypass and Farm-to-Market 2657.