Cove summit

Diane Drussell, EDC interim director, center, gives her report during the Copperas Cove Quarterly Summit on Wednesday.

COPPERAS COVE — Four entities from Copperas Cove gathered Wednesday afternoon to exchange information.

The Quarterly Summit brought together representatives from the city of Copperas Cove, the Copperas Cove Independent School District, The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.

Approximately 20 people sat at tables in the Copperas Cove Police Department's conference room, eager to hear what the others had to say.

Maurice Tobin, director of the Cove Chamber, started off with details about upcoming events and the availability of office space at the new business center.

"We offer reasonable rent for small businesses," Tobin said. The start-up businesses can be office or information related, but not manufacturing or retail. Short leases for 400 square foot spaces are available while the businesses get established.

Cove interim manager Ryan Haverlah provided the city's report, highlighting a number of capital improvement projects such as the plans for reconfiguring Business 190. "The design is under way. We're coordinating closely with TxDOT."

A public education campaign will start in May or June to provide residents with accurate information. "A lot of rumors are going around," Haverlah said.

He was especially enthusiastic about reporting progress on renovations to the Copperas Cove Public Library. Bids on that project have been received and will be presented for approval at the March 20 City Council meeting.

Cove ISD Superintendent Joe Burns gave the group a summary of his State of the District address, which was delivered last Thursday. Using a firm called School by Design, the district is working to develop more focused instructional time for students.

Electrical upgrade projects will be taking place at schools which are more than 50 years old as time passes and renovations to Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School will provide some additional capacity as the district grows, Burns said. "We're staying busy."

EDC interim Director Diane Drussell briefly summarized the status of her department. Funds to hire two new employees were approved by the City Council at Tuesday's meeting. Two performance agreements from companies interested in locating in Copperas Cove will be presented to the City Council at the March 20 meeting. Another performance agreement will be considered by the EDC board on March 28.

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