Committee engages LCRA, PEC to help develop economic plan

A newly-formed advisory committee to the City’s Economic Development Corp. will utilize the expertise of planning professionals from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Coop to develop a strategic economic plan for the City.

David Pope, chairman of the Public/Private Partnership Committee, said the LCRA and PEC typically offer planning services to local governments. They provide demographic research, conduct surveys, provide legal resources, and assist in the preparation of an economic plan.

“I think everything is on the table,” said Pope, “including offering incentives for businesses looking to locate and create jobs here, beautification projects and coordinated projects with the Chamber.”

Pope, owner of Pope Insurance and chairman of the Board of Directors for the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to the six-member PPPC by members of the City’s EDC Board of Directors.

Also serving on the panel are City Manager Manuel DeLaRosa, Fire Chief Bruce Watson of the Williamson County Emergency Servics District #4, Hope House Executive Director Dave Gould, former City Council member Liz Rundzieher and Liberty Hill ISD Assistant Superintendent Robert Parks. As members of the EDC Board, Glen Gavin and David Parker are also part of the committee.

“This group will have a real impact on what the future of Liberty Hill is going to be,” said Pope.

The PPPC has scheduled a workshop for 6 p.m. July 13 at which time they will meet with a representative of the State Comptroller’s Office who works with economic development corporations on accounting and legal issues.

The advisory committee was created by the EDC for the purpose of developing an economic development plan for the city that includes both short-term and long-term goals.