Local chambers look into regional initiative to attract more interest to area

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:34pm

WACO -- There's no harm in a little competition, but sometimes banding together proves to be more beneficial.

Recently chambers of commerce in Waco, Temple and Killeen have started conversations about a regional initiative to attract more business.

"Each of these communities in the region offer different things and we can all, by marketing as a region, we can generate more interest," said Jim Vaughan, president of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

By including the populations of McLennan County and those counties surrounding it, the regional population could reach up to one million.

"We can market ourselves as a bigger region to companies that would be attracted to that kind of population," said Vaughan.

He said both Waco and Temple have good business parks in place but as a region we could attract something bigger.

"We can see a mega-site as a possible joint project of several communities that, perhaps could attract a project that no one of us could do alone," said Vaughan. 

Currently Waco has a significant role in the business and manufacturing sector.

Temple is a big player in the bio-medical field and Killeen of course is military friendly.

Put all of that together and it's a pretty eye catching region.

For now the chambers will continue meetings but Vaughan says they aren't going to rush it.


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