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August 18, 2013

Search for Economic Development Director continues

Corsicana — The City of Corsicana is taking a personal approach in its search for a new Economic Development Director to replace Lee McCleary who left at the end of May to go to Red Oak.

They consulted with the state’s Department of Agriculture and the Texas Economic Development Council to identify likely candidates and is interviewing those people, according to City Manager Connie Standridge.

“We are going outside the community. We’re looking for people in communities who are doing well in economic development,” she said. “We’ve interviewed four candidates. We’re in the process of developing a short list. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing some movement soon. We are waiting for a couple of individuals, other candidates, as to whether or not they want to be considered.”

The ideal person will be someone with a track record of recruiting new businesses using data to identify potential companies, as well as someone who is good at business retention, she said.

“You want someone who can help you in both areas,” she said.

The person will also need to be personable, who understands the needs of businesses, and can interact well with them, Standridge said.

“We’d like to have someone that has the economic development certification, that’s been through some training or has worked in the area of business development,” she explained. “I can tell you we’ve looked at communities that we believe are doing a good job in economic development and that other people have suggested are doing a good job.”

In the meantime, Corsicana has been submitted to the governor’s office for any businesses interested in relocating, and city officials are working with brokers on finding tenants or buyers for plants like the Lance and Home Depot warehouse facilities.

“We’ve had nibbles,” Standridge said. “We haven’t stopped economic development. We’re still going forward with that while we look for another economic development director.”


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