» Leslie as the new economic development director
for Jacksboro EDC what new strategies will you be
implementing to continue to attract foreign direct
investment in 2021 and beyond?
As the EDC moves forward, I will continue to provide the same
great service and attention to detail that the previous Executive
Director, Lynda Pack, provided, but with the intentions to expand
on that through increased social media awareness, an aggressive
marketing and promotion plan and identifying those that realize
the opportunity of business growth and expansion in a community
such as Jacksboro. Our community has the ability and location to be
extremely successful and profitable for a foreign direct investment,
and my goal as an Executive Director is to provide the environment
for them to do just that.
» How important is it to Retain, expand and attract new
business in Jacksboro Texas?
To be successful within business, retention is key. Without it, it's
extremely difficult to address the other two aspects of expansion
and attraction. Retention is built through relationships with business
owners. Understanding both their struggles and their success in
order to expand upon it and utilize them as examples for attracting
» What measures are being taken in Jacksboro Texas to
support small businesses during and after the covid - 19
Responding to COVID-19 in Jacksboro Texas has truly given our
small businesses an insight to the extent we will go to support them.
We recently launched a Business Rescue Grant program where small
businesses were given the opportunity to apply for up to $2,500,
in an effort to help them bridge the gap on general expenses that
normally would be covered by customers. We realized that with
the shutdown of most businesses and their daily foot traffic that
general operating doesn't shut down, and with continuing cost
and no customers, they potentially face closure. We were able to
assist over 20 businesses in our small community, granting nearly
$48,000 in funding. We have also just launched a partnership with
The Retail Coach and their Small Biz 360 program that will also
be grant funded and will enable existing small businesses without
e-commerce the ability to take their products/services to the world
wide web and reach an entirely new demographic. This is a huge
benefit to those that otherwise would not be able to make that
investment and capitalize on reaching a new market.
» Leslie what are the top 4 industry sectors in Jacksboro
Texas? what other industries would you like to welcome
to your community?
Our top four industries at the current time are healthcare, retail/
restaurant, education and oil & gas. Each of these provides our
community with jobs and resources and enables Jacksboro to offer
prime amenities that both businesses and families are searching for.
» Briefly outline the incentive and start up programs for
new businesses in Jacksboro Texas?
Jacksboro is determined and eager to competitively compete for
new business by offering the following programs: Tax Abatement
Incentives, 380 Agreements & Property Enhancement Grants.
» What are the key benefits of doing business in Jacksboro
Texas? Focus on workforce, business climate and quality
Doing business in a rural community such as Jacksboro, you get to
“have your cake and eat it too.” It’s truly the best of both worlds.
You will enjoy the convenience of location and proximity to major
metropolitan areas such as Dallas/Fort Worth and Wichita Falls,
both within an hour’s drive, for meetings and acquisitions, but far
enough away to truly understand the meaning of community and
family life, not to mention those infamous Jack County sunsets.
Jacksboro has 5 major highways that all intersect and allow for
ease of transportation and transporting of goods/services. Our
community offers a competitive workforce with a diverse skillset,
afforded to them by top rated high school, trade schools and
higher-level education. Living and owning a business in Jacksboro
allows you the opportunity to do what you love in a community
that you will love.
» Leslie how will acquired skills from previous roles in other
companies allow you to effectively market and position
Jacksboro as a great destination for business in the state
Marketing and positioning became a passion of mine in college. After
earning my B.B.A in marketing, I went on to cover a vast background
in sales, retail development, donor relations, business development
and expansion. Experiences like these have inspired me within
my role as ED at the JEDC to take Jacksboro to new and exciting
levels. I truly thrive on watching a project, business or program start
and end in success. I am also very passionate about building and
developing Jacksboro because I want to give back to a community
that has given so much to me. This role has enabled me to return
to my high school hometown and contribute on a much larger level.
» How affordable is the cost of living in Jacksboro Texas
compared to other cities in the United States?
Jacksboro’s housing is extremely affordable in terms of surrounding
areas and especially with its close proximity to major metro areas.
There are also exciting plans for future development that will
encourage demographics of all income levels and ages to view
Jacksboro as a top choice for their next residence. Whether you
are looking to rent, buy your first home or retire, Jacksboro wants
to be a top contender and community of choice.
» Where do you see Jacksboro Texas in the next 3-5
years? What partnerships will you be forming to achieve
Working towards economic development success is our ultimate goal,
and that can only take place if we are building relationships through
business retention and seeking out new business opportunities. Our
corporation will continue to set attainable short- and long-term goals.
The Jacksboro EDC will continue to strive towards being viewed
as an economic ally for any business looking to grow and expand
within our market. With retaining existing and building new, you
gain new business, new families, new residents, new jobs, and new
opportunity. The Jacksboro EDC is positioning itself to connect
commerce & community for ultimate success.