KCBD News Channel 11
January 20, 2017
The City of Plainview could soon be home to a new business park, a venture Hale County and the city are working on together.
One of the main goals for the project is to provide more jobs.
"Roughly three years ago, Cargill Corporation closed here in Plainview," said Wendell Dunlap, Mayor for the City of Plainview, "and that afternoon, we realized for the very first time that we were not prepared to bring in new businesses."
The closure took nearly 2,000 jobs with it.
"We've been very very fortunate," he said. "For about a year we felt it. But, we have moved on."
Mayor Dunlap tells us the city and Hale County are going into business together.
"It's a 50/50 partnership on purchasing the land and also, on the operation of the land," he explains.
With about 100 acres of land already purchased, including the old Jimmy Dean plant, the city is hoping to create more jobs for folks who live out here.
"What we want is try to bring in businesses that employ 30, 40, 50, 100 people- is what we're hoping for," Mayor Dunlap says.
The mayor tells us he hopes construction will begin by the end of the year.