By Jack King
Clovis and Curry County are working on a new vision for economic development.
In a brainstorming exercise near the end of Friday’s economic development forum at Clovis Community College, participants were asked to list major trends affecting Clovis.
They came up with a series of recent accomplishments, strengths and advantages, and challenges and obstacles.
Southwest Cheese’s new plant and Plains Regional Medical Center’s Healthplex was listed most often under “accomplishments.” Water concerns, followed by a physician shortage, led the list of challenges. Under “strengths and advantages,” the area’s people and its quality of life were highlights.
Then when Clovis News Journal publisher Ray Sullivan asked the audience what should be done to build on the day’s events, City Manager Ray Mondragon suggested updating the city’s 1996 “Create a Vision for Clovis and Curry County” plan.
A committee was formed, including Mondragon, Sullivan, developer John Borne, FirstBank Senior Vice President Terry Blaschke, CIDC director Chase Gentry, City Commissioner Catherine Haynes, and Chamber of Commerce director Ernie Kos. Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure will be moderator.
Sullivan said the committee may add other members and a tentative date of Nov. 14 has been set for its first meeting.
“We’re going to build on the 1996 Vision plan, the city’s 2002 strategic plan and the key points raised in today’s discussions. Out of that, we hope to create the next vision plan for the city and county, to continue our economic growth,” Sullivan said.