City of Lufkin welcomes new Economic Development Director - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

City of Lufkin welcomes new Economic Development Director

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

After 16 months of searching, the city of Lufkin has a new Economic Development Director.

"…That person that goes out there, that meets with our businesses and tries to meet their needs first," said Keith Wright, Deputy City Manager.

Thad Chambers started in the position March 5th and he says his transition in to Lufkin has been a smooth one.

"Learning Lufkin is not very hard the people here are great everyone has been helpful of course city staff," said Chambers.

Chambers says he has 12 years of economic development experience and he believes the city has a regional draw for large manufacturers

"I believe strongly in industrial development and the jobs that it will bring to the quality of life that it will bring," said Chambers.

Project 800 is still in the permitting stages, but once everything is finalized through the city the 700 mega- watt power plant is expected to create about 40 jobs. Holmes Smokehouse is expected to create hundreds over the next few years.

And deputy city manager Keith Wright says that right now that is the city's focus.

"Short term we need to ensure Holmes Smokehouse is up and running, long term we need to help Project 800 develop and come to fruition," said Wright.

Chambers says the partnership of industry and local retail will greatly benefit Lufkin's growing economy.

 "I also believe in downtown, the redevelopment going on there is great and I also believe in paying attention to retail," said Chambers.

Chambers says he hopes to continue to build on the work the city has done so far, his focus right now is getting outside of the office and building relationships in the community.

This afternoon Chambers received a warm welcome.    

The Angelina County Chamber of Commerce hosted a small reception for him this afternoon.

City officials including Mayor Bob Brown, LPD Chief Gerald Williamson and State Representative Trent Ashby were just a few to stop by and welcome the new economic director.

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