GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board will host a strategic economic planning workshop Tuesday at the Anderson Campus Center at Central Texas College.

The board invited county and regional leaders to share ideas and help shape the future of Coryell County.

Polo Enriquez, executive director of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, will be the afternoon speaker at the event and will conduct a focus group for participants to provide their ideas for drafting a strategic plan.

Carlton Schwab, president of the Texas Economic Development Council, will be the morning speaker for the workshop.

Schwab will answer questions about economic growth in the state and will discuss the opportunities for cooperative efforts among the various government and economic development groups in the county.

The workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. in Halls A and B at the Anderson Center.

After a break for lunch, the workshop will resume with Enriquez’s presentation.

“The workshop will connect concepts, knowledge and visions as we focus on people, places and prosperity,” said Mary Beth Harrell, EDB member and one of the organizers of the event.

For more information about the workshop, call Harrell at 254-680-4655.


Because of budget constraints, the staff at the 52nd Judicial District Court in Gatesville will soon stop processing U.S. passport applications, District Clerk Janice Gray said.

Despite her pleadings to the Coryell County commissioners, Gray does not expect the county to grant her request for another full-time clerk in her office in the coming fiscal year.

Because of the increased caseload in the district court, Gray told commissioners her office would have to stop handling passport applications.

“The court is our core mission,” she said.

Many Bell County individuals and families have been coming to Coryell County for a passport because of long lines in Bell County, Gray said.

Anyone needing a U.S. passport now will have to look elsewhere. Gray said she is not sure when the service will be discontinued.

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