Stephenville’s economic development strategy was kicked-off April 28 with a visit by the Economic Development Strategy Team Audrey Taylor and Don Schjeldahl. The initial phase of the project is for the consulting team to fully understand the local economy to identify strengths and weakness of the area for economic development.

The team spent four days in the community touring industrial and commercial sites as well as meeting with key stakeholders, including business owners, elected officials, education and workforce development.

"I would like to thank the many local businesses, organizations, and individuals who participated in this first stage of plan development,” said Mayor Weldon. "The spirit of cooperation and sincere interest in our community was exciting to see.  This is an important time for Stephenville, as together, we establish an important vision for our future."

The team is continuing to contact and interview local stakeholders to gather information.

“An economic development program needs to be driven by the local community, our role is to listen and put that into an action plan,” Taylor said. “Stephenville has what we call 'great bones' - wonderful people, committed leadership, good businesses and opportunity for economic growth to sustain the quality of the community.”

The public can also participate. A website is available at ww.stephenvilletxplan.com to give residents multiple ways to participate and contribute to the city’s new economic development strategy.

• Take the short community survey.

• Create your own map to show where you want to see development happen, where improvements need to be made, your favorite parks and businesses, and more.

• Contact the consultants directly with questions or comments.

The website will be used throughout the strategy development process to share documents and presentations by the consulting team.

The project’s first report of findings is expected by end of May.