Chamber CEO updates county leaders on downtown development

WICHITA FALLS - As downtown Wichita Falls continues to pick up momentum with new businesses the Chamber of Commerce is updating county leaders on its economic development efforts.

Chamber President and CEO Henry Florsheim said he's helped put together a coalition of area leaders who meet on a regular basis invested in making sure downtown development is a success. 

This includes regulating property owners and providing information to people wanting to build or rehab old properties.

Florsheim said two of the most important things the city can do is growing the talent pull whether it's growing the workforce or becoming a city where more people are willing to stay. He said if a company tries to get someone from a bigger city into the area but downtown is empty, then there's a big chance they're not going to make the move. 

"[At the] same time if you can bring them to a city that is much smaller and doesn't have the big city headaches like long commutes and just congestion everywhere and major crime areas and then you've still got a district like downtown that's got a lot of places to live and exciting entertainment and it's very walkable, makes it easier for those companies to recruit those people, therefore growing our workforce," Florsheim said."

Florsheim also added the unemployment rate is at 3.4% at last count, which means that everybody who is really looking for work is able to find it.

In the end, Florsheim hopes downtown will be the gathering place for people to work, share meals and enjoy entertainment. 


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