EDC's work goes beyond recruitment

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The Economic Development Council of Fort Stockton has been working hard over the last year to help the growth and revitalization of the city.

When it comes to existing businesses, they offer help with expansion and growth both with resources and financially.

“A lot of the work isn't just money,” said Executive Director Remie Ramos.

The EDC has helped with their store-front improvement project, which matches a business' investment dollar-for-dollar to enhance the look of its building.

The EDC also offer guidance for businesses or companies who want to come to the area on what permits they need or what information they will need to present to the city council or whatever board is necessary for their project.

The EDC invested more than $750,000 in the community over the past year.

“I feel that we are definitely helping the industries,” said Ramos.

The EDC is split into two parts, Type A and Type B.

Type A was created to fund industrial development projects such as business infrastructure, manufacturing and research and development, according to the Texas comptroller.

Type B can fund all projects eligible for Type A as well as parks, museums, sports facilities and affordable housing.

In 2018 the EDC spent $134,769 on infrastructure including Sycamore Street curb and gutter, VA Clinic utilities and stub outs for future expansion, eight fire hydrants, CTG Lube Express utilities.

They spent $67,595 on park improvements with irrigation repairs and expansion to Jay Cees Park and renovation and equipment replacements at Silliman Park scheduled for Fall 2019.

The Store Front Improvement Program spent $80,500 on Casa De Modas, D &L Well Service, B3 Properties, The Garage Coffee, Music and More, State Farm Kessia Ledesma and Texas Inn Bar.

Health care expansions with Cactus Health Care's new facility, and Pecos County Memorial Hospital's family care center walk-in clinic and family medicine resident training program received $200,000 in EDC funds.

Midland College Williams Regional Training Center got education improvements of $9,294 for energy technology program equipment.

Property development got $240,176 for Gateway Hotel asbestos abatement and demolition, 202 E. Dickinson asbestos abatement and demolition and Coleman Hotel demolition.

Coming up the EDC is working on several county solar projects including 174 Power Global 236MW groundbreaking, 7X Energy 150MW abatement approved, EnergieKonter 100MW abatement approved, Key Capture Energy storage approved and OnPeak Energy 300MW abatement approved.

The EDC has been working on railroad development and getting the reactivation of Pecos County Rural Rail District.

The EDC is also working on oil and gas industry development.

They are working on the Springhurst Development, Gateway Hotel property development, leases in Industrial Park, 7X Energy increasing project sizes, two new hotels, sale of the Comanche Truck Stop and the Fort Stockton Community Theatre.

For more information on the EDC or what they are working on email edc@fortstockton.org or visit fortstocktonedc.com.

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