ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – the Abilene Development Corporation (DCOA) was in celebration on Friday, when the city was named eighth in the nation for economic development among cities with 200,000 or fewer people.
“Abilene is noted for the premier community that we are, and this represents a real opportunity,” said DCOA President and CEO Misty Mayo.
Mayo attributed this recognition to the result of a functional relationship between the city and the incoming projects; as Great Lakes Cheese, Primal Pet Groupand downtown hotel.
“These legacy projects lead to the future Abilene that is being created today,” Mayo boasted.
The real trade secret, according to the DCOA, lies in the ongoing quality care provided to projects already in place.
“If a company is going to commit to Abilene, Abilene has also committed to the company and we want to ensure the success of the company,” Mayo said. “That’s why you also hear from existing local businesses.”
Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams recognized the achievement with a proclamation, recognizing the week of May 9 as Citywide Economic Development Week.
He and Mayo agreed it was a win. Not just for the city and DCOA, but for all of Abilene and its people. These are the same residents who put the city on its feet 32 years ago with the creation of the DCOA, Mayo says.
“The people of Abilene said, ‘we want to build a future for our children and our grandchildren,'” Mayo said. “And that’s what the citizens did when they created an opportunity for the Development Corporation to exist.
Over the past year, the DCOA has secured more than $3.2 billion in capital investments, created more than 8,000 jobs and retained more than 9,000 jobs, according to Mayor Williams’ speech.
“For a community like Abilene, TX to be represented in a national arena, and to be in the top 10, I hope all residents can stand behind it and be very proud of it,” Mayo added.