City of Lufkin hiring consultants to help attract businesses

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Economic Development board hopes chances at luring attractive businesses to the area will be improved when a consulting firm comes to town. Director Jim Wehmeier says the firm will conduct a target market study and redefine recruitment efforts for possible businesses looking into expanding to Lufkin.

Wehmeier says the firm will come with a price tag between $35-38,000 and may begin working in Lufkin at the start of September.

Also at the 4B meeting Tuesday, the board voted to approve the facade improvement grant for the downtown area. The grant would match what downtown businesses put in to improve the look of their buildings, up to $10,000. Wehmeier said each improvement would have to be approved by the city in order for the business to collect the grant.

Two prospective businesses which the city had hoped would expand to Lufkin had opted out, according to Wehmeier's staff report. One business had located into a "plug and play" facility in Killeen. Wehmeier said they had "negotiated themselves out of an amazing deal" on the old Randall's building.

The other had located in Plugerville, due to its closeness with Austin.

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