LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The future of downtown development was on center stage at the monthly Lufkin 4B board meeting.
Interim Economic Director Nancy Windham addressed several topics to the board members at the noon meeting in Lufkin City Hall.
Windham first discussed the recent visit by Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos' recent visit to Lufkin and the surrounding areas. Windham said that it was a good visit, and she expects to get some help from state officials in the new rural health initiative.
Windham said she is also working on getting a list together of the vacant downtown spaces that could bring in new business.
"Our goal is to make sure we help create new jobs and that we increase the tax base of Lufkin," Windham said. "To do that is to bring new businesses to town so yes we are concentrating on downtown."
The board also had a one-hour executive session where they discussed to incentive packages for Project 12 and Project Hardwood. No Decision was made at the end of the closed meeting but Windham did feel confident.
"We feel like they matched the skill sets of the workforce in our area," Windham said. "We want to have a good reputation of having good matches for the city of Lufkin."