GATESVILLE — Coryell County may be taking a step toward developing a strategic economic development plan with the help of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG).

County Judge John Firth said to the county economic development board that it could work with the governmental entity.

Although Coryell County is not one of the 10 counties served by the Austin-area governmental body, the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG), of which Coryell is a member, recommended the capital-area group to do an economic development study, Firth said.

Firth and Commissioner Jack Wall met with CAPCOG executive director Betty Voights Sept. 10 in Belton.

Firth said Voights agreed to submit a proposal and cost estimate for an initial Coryell County study, which he will present to the county commissioners at their regular meeting Monday.

The study would provide basic economic data for about $5,000, Firth said.

The county board has prepared a request-for-proposals document to find a consultant firm to prepare a strategic plan for economic development in the county’s unincorporated areas, and budgeted $35,000 for such a plan.

The initial study would provide the basis for the strategic plan, Firth said.

The county also may be eligible to become the subject of a case study by the National Association of Counties, Firth said to the board.

The national organization is conducting a survey on “the role of counties in economic development” and will select participating counties to be studied by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, he said.

The Coryell County Economic Development Board also greeted its two newest members, attorney Mary Beth Harrell and retired business executive Sam Golden, to their first meeting.

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