DCOA announces 5-year plan to help city of Abilene grow


ABILENE, Texas - The Development Corporation of Abilene announced it has a five-year plan to help the city of Abilene grow.

The plan, prepared by TIP Strategies at a cost of $125,000, was unveiled during a special joint meeting with Abilene City Council Tuesday.

It includes increasing the workforce in Abilene by bringing new companies to town while also supporting higher education. Mayor Norm Archibald said he recognizes the importance of growing business.

"I'm glad at where we are in west Texas, but I have understood that over the years we are in competition with everybody," Archibald said. "Everybody is trying to get a new company to come to their community, everybody is trying to offer an incentive to someone, and we're competing with the world."

The plan called for a continuation of redevelopment along Pine Street as a way to connect downtown Abilene to the city's health care district.

Marketing was another focus of the plan, and officials called for a strategy to brand Abilene as a place where people want to live and work.

DCOA officials said at the meeting the plan would be available online, but it had not yet been posted at the time of publication.

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