NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - There are technical training centers in Jasper, Crockett, Lufkin and Center. Nacogdoches wants one too, but is having a difficult time obtaining funding.
Last year, Nacogdoches County bought an old beer distributorship with plans to open a technical school in it by next summer. The county applied for renovation funding twice. Each time it was turned down.
Economic development funding has all but dried up since the federal budget crisis. Now leaders are hopeful a second round of Hurricane Ike funding will come through to complete the project.
"This fits that project that's funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development has those funds in Washington," said Ed Pool, NEDCO President, "it will go through the State of Texas, through the Rural Affairs group and eventually to DETCOG. If all that happens then funding will take place through that."
That may be a big if. In the meantime, the building is used for child support court and storage. The county is the only eligible entity to apply for funding. A technical school for Nacogdoches is set back at least a year.