LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin is starting 2017 by working on strategies to grow its economy.
Filing projects under its belt for 2016, the city worked closely with several local companies such as Atkinson Candy, P-I-D Services and Holmes Smokehouse to name a few to create expansion.
City Manager Keith Wright wants to diversify Lufkin's economy by tapping into the potential of nearly 400,000 people that makes up the 12-county area by bringing jobs and retail companies. He said this will help drive the sales tax on Tuesday.
"Sales tax is big for us, but it is a volatile tax that goes up and down that depends on national economy and what is happening throughout our region and how it affects us," Wright said.
The city is also working on hiring a consultant who will specialize in economic development to attract Lufkin to various companies.
"We want to present them a market they may not have looked at, and look at that opportunity where they could be successful here," Wright said.
The economic development is one portion of the overall comprehensive plan the city started working on at end of 2016 that will look at the city in a holistic approach.
The city manager encourages citizens to continue buying local goods from home companies to add to the economic growth.
"Our goal into maintaining that growth is to grow the population through job creation in the medical field, not only manufacturing but the medical and retail and bring more people to Lufkin," Wright said.