COPPERAS COVE — A Central Texas Business Resource Center business coordinator will take over the Cove Economic Development Corporation’s business retention specialist position.
Executive Director Polo Enriquez announced Friday that Diane Drussell, who has spent the last six years working at the Business Resource Center in Killeen, will contribute to the Cove EDC’s mission by providing retention services for the Cove business community. She starts her new job Tuesday.
“Business retention is a high if not the highest priority at the Copperas Cove EDC,” said Dan Yancey, board chairman, in a news release. “Drussell’s experience in the field makes her an excellent choice for our organization and our community.”
Because of Drussell’s previous work with the resource center, she already is familiar with Cove and several of its locally-owned businesses, Enriquez said.
“She has the knowledge of the business community in Cove and beyond,” he said.
By taking the position, Drussell hopes she can offer similar services to what she is already providing the business community through the resource center, but in a more focused way, she said.
“My objective will be helping existing businesses and seeing what we (the Cove ECD) can do to help them with growth,” Drussell said. “As in positions (with the resource center), we want to see them grow and be successful. I want them to know that there are different resources out there for them.”
Working for the resource center, Drussell already has an understanding of those resources throughout Central Texas but will need some time to establish if there are even more particular resources to Cove businesses, she said.
The position will work with all existing businesses in the city to assist with their expansion plans and also call on them to discuss workforce needs and services, stated a news release. It also will coordinate and promote the “Find it in Cove, Buy it in Cove” shop local program — a Web portal that connects potential customers with goods and services in the city.
“I am really looking forward to going out there and meeting with these business owners and seeing what we can do for them,” Drussell said. “I want to let them know we are here for them, period.”