GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board is shopping for a consultant to create a strategic plan to attract businesses that will create high-paying jobs and boost tax revenue.

The board has drafted a “request for proposals” document to find a “qualified economic development consultant firm” to prepare an economic development strategy for the county’s unincorporated areas.

“The (plan) will provide a framework to increase the county’s tax base by enhancing the business climate and creating higher paying jobs,” according to the document.

“The county’s ultimate goal is to sustain and expand its economic base” to improve residents’ quality of life, the document stated.

Barbara Burrow, a member of the Gatesville City Council, was a nonvoting ex-officio member of the county board while helping board members Eric Kietzer and Fred Chavez draft the document.

Burrow, who was praised for her work on the document, was made a voting member of the board Monday after county commissioners expanded the board from five to seven members on Feb. 11.

Burrow is the sixth member; the seventh has yet to be named.

Burrow and Kietzer briefed the commissioners on the “request for proposals” document last month and estimated the cost of the strategic plan will be about $35,000.

The proposal will be discussed during budget planning for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, County Judge John Firth told the board.

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