GATESVILLE — The recently expanded seven-member Coryell County Economic Development Board is looking to expand even more and is moving ahead with finding a consultant to complete a strategic plan.

Mary Beth Harrell, recently named to an at-large position on the board, recommended expanding the membership to bring a broader range of stakeholders to the board.

“We could benefit from more experts and other disciplines,” board member Fred Chavez said.

Representatives from Coryell Memorial Hospital, North Fort Hood, the ranching community and the prison system would bring valuable insights to the board, Harrell said.

Panel to look at proposal

The board voted to instruct the Nominations Committee, which is chaired by Barbara Burrow, to look at increasing the number of members on the board.

Sam Golden, who was recently appointed to the Precinct 4 seat on the board, said the board should visit local manufacturers to offer the board’s support and solicit nominations for new members.

Golden was named to head a subcommittee to arrange outreach visits. County Judge John Firth was named to the subcommittee.He recommended adding Gatesville City Manager Roger Mumby to the group.

Strategic plan

The board considered a proposal from the Capital Area Council of Governments to provide an “economic competitiveness assessment” to aid in developing a strategic plan, but concluded the $4,500 for the data collection could be better spent on paying the consultant who will create the plan.

The board budgeted $35,000 for the strategic plan and prepared a request-for-proposals document to find a consulting firm for the study.

Board member Eric Kietzer, who chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, was asked to bring a recommendation to the board at its December meeting.

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