The Lufkin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is announcing two upcoming projects aimed at fostering economic growth and development in the region. These initiatives, approved by the City Council on first reading Tuesday night, demonstrate the City's commitment to enhancing infrastructure and attracting new industries to the area.

The first project involves the construction of an LEDC hangar at the Angelina County Airport to accommodate investors interested in bringing business to the Lufkin area. The hangar, branded with both the City of Lufkin and LEDC logos, is expected to serve the City’s needs for 50 years with an estimated construction budget of $750,000, according to Lufkin Economic Development Director Bob Samford.

"Building a modern hangar facility at Angelina County Airport isn't just about accommodating aircraft,” Samford said, “It's about creating an impression of professionalism and readiness to potential investors and companies considering Lufkin as their new home that we are serious about offering the infrastructure and support they need to thrive.”

The second project entails the extension of Commerce Center Drive in the City of Lufkin Business Park. This expansion, with an estimated construction budget of $1.2 million, will improve accessibility to available land within the park, making it more attractive to potential new industries seeking to establish a presence in Lufkin, according to Lufkin Mayor Mark Hicks.

"The approval of budget amendments for these two initiatives marks a step forward in our ongoing efforts to stimulate economic growth and prosperity in Lufkin,” Hicks said. “By investing in essential infrastructure and improving accessibility to our business parks, we are laying the foundation for future success and prosperity."

Both budget amendments will require a second reading before becoming final.

The Lufkin Economic Development Corporation, under Samford’s direction, remains committed to promoting economic growth, enhancing the quality of life, and diversifying the economy of Lufkin. Through strategic investments and partnerships, the LEDC continues to play a vital role in shaping the future of our community.

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