EDC negotiates deals, details not yet released

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 22, 2013

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The details are still top-secret, but the Decatur Economic Development Corp. Thursday authorized its executive director to continue negotiations for two separate items.

After executive session, the board authorized Jody Adams to pursue negotiations on Project Sunset and in a separate item, to negotiate within certain financial parameters for the purchase of a piece of property.

If and when the deals are finalized, information about each project will be made public.

Adams also reported that the EDC received a submittal from “a large company” looking to relocate, but said luring them to Decatur is a longshot.

“It was a good stretch for us, but we gave them a pretty good run,” he said. “I’m hoping it would jumpstart our industrial park, but we haven’t heard back yet. They reached out to all of North Texas.”

Adams also told the board he would like to redesign the EDC website to include available real estate.

In other business, the EDC approved a $31,000 grant to the Decatur Civic Center for purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet catering truck.

During open forum, EDC Vice President Jay Davidson expressed frustration with Internet service provided by CenturyLink. He told the board that Energy worldnet, a Decatur company that provides online regulatory compliance and operational and safety training, has recently moved some servers to Plano.

“They have 60,000 people around the country that take their classes,” he said. “Their product is information moving back and forth.”

Davidson echoed the frustrations heard around the county in recent months about the speed and spotty service of CenturyLink.

“My concern is if we can’t handle the people we have now, how will we bring in new people?” he said. “At some point we have to figure out how to get hardball with these guys.”

The board asked Adams to look into the issue and see if there was any way to secure better service. Adams agreed, noting it’s hard to attract certain types of companies when a certain level of Internet service is not available.

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