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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 11:49 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Director of Business Development Monica Hull unveiled the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation’s new business attraction tool at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The website, explorecove.com, had been in development for about a year by Mississippi-based Marketing Alliance Inc., which develops websites for economic development organizations. The website is now available for view by the public.

“It’s intended for folks outside Cove,” Hull said. “This is the launch. The first time it’s been seen in public.”

After clicking the blue “explore” button on the site’s homepage, visitors are redirected to a map of the United States that shows where Copperas Cove is located, with tools to show its proximity to roadways and nearby cities.

From there, users can zoom in closer and view railroads, airports and highways in relation to Copperas Cove.

At the closest level, visitors can see panoramic shots of and information about the Narrows Business and Technology Park, Copperas Cove Business and Professional Park and Five Hills Retail Center properties.

“For a nominal cost, we can update those,” said Polo Enriquez, executive director of CCEDC about the property views. “This is intended to answer a lot of the questions people ask when requesting information from us.”

The website also offers “scouting reports,” details about the individual properties, so-named to go with the “Heisman theme” of the website. Community profiles and concept plans also are downloadable for site selectors, individuals who scout out locations for businesses looking to relocate or expand.

“It’s not a static site,” Hull said. “We can add and take away and update things as we progress.”

In other business at the Tuesday meeting, the board:

Watched as retired Lt. Gen. Paul Funk took an oath of office to become an EDC board member. Funk is taking the board member seat vacated by Fred Chavez last month.

Rejected an offer from O Le Oasis to purchase nearly 75 acres on 713 Constitution Drive, the location of the Narrows Business and Technology Park.

Discussed renovation plans for the EDC’s building at 210 S. First St., including changes to the entryway and expanding the meeting room.

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