GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board on Monday asked county commissioners for $38,350 for the next fiscal year, most of the money earmarked for strategic planning and market analysis.

Board President Dick Van Dyke told commissioners the group would try to maximize the $35,000 for strategic planning by working with Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

“We expect $80,000 value for $35,000,” Van Dyke said.

The board’s request also includes $2,600 for the training of board members and $750 for “prospective client meetings.”

“Texas is the sweet spot in the country” for attracting business, County Judge John Firth said, “and Coryell County is close to the sweet spot in Texas. The time is right to take advantage.”

The commissioners’ court will vote on a draft fiscal year 2014 budget by the end of July and took no action on budget requests submitted during Monday’s meeting.


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