Cresson, Realtors join economic partnership
The newly formed city-county-chamber economic development partnership is growing.
The city of Cresson and the Granbury Association of Realtors have expressed their support for the initiative, according to Maureen Griffin, director of marketing and communications for the Granbury Chamber of Commerce.
Griffin said that the Realtors Association has adopted a resolution in support of the joint effort.
She also said that Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett reached out to chamber president and CEO Mike Scott last week to state that “Cresson is onboard with the economic development program for Hood County,” adding, “We’re in.”
Cornett told the HCN recently that Cresson’s growth is expected to explode within the next few years due in part to the construction of the Cresson bypass.
Scott recently told the Commissioners Court that he would be reaching out to other cities in the county and that the partnership opportunity will not just involve Granbury.
A few weeks ago, the Gran-bury City Council agreed to a five-year commitment to help fund the program. They approved a contribution of $128,000 for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year, which began Tuesday.
After county commissioners agreed to support the partnership, Scott hired Shea Hopkins, director of business recruitment for the Fort Worth chamber, to come work for Hood County under his leadership.
Shea starts her new job today, and will have an office at the Granbury chamber.
Economic development efforts in years past have focused on retail, but the main goal of the new partnership is to draw industries with good-paying jobs to Hood County.
“Hood County is visibly becoming the ‘Microplex’ just outside of DFW,” Scott said. “Texas is the number one state in job growth, and we intend to bring that growth to Hood County also.”