QDC works on strategic plan to address city’s long-term goals

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Quitman Development Corporation will develop its own new strategic plan to serve as a map for future economic developments.

QDC Executive Director Denea Hudman said the organization’s last plan was the same as the city’s plan back in 2005.

Beginning as soon as November, Hudman will work with Alysia Cook of Opportunity Strategies on the plan. Opportunity Strategies, LLC is an Austin-based company that provides training and strategic planning for chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, governments, nonprofits and businesses.

Cook is interviewing local officials to gather information about QDC and the growth in Quitman now.

Hudman’s ideas for the QDC plan include the Quitman Business Park becoming full and downtown being completed in three years. She added that they’re on track to get downtown finished soon.

City Hall and QDC plans will work together with a united vision, city administrator Andrew Kloefkorn said.

“To go beyond (current achievements) there has to be a plan,” he said.

Strategic plan serves as a roadmap and guiding light when the organization might get off track of what needs to be done, Kloefkorn said.

QDC has several major projects coming to town that will add more options and services, Hudman said. These projects include Stitchin’ Heaven and its other four businesses, which are Lone Star Laser, Stitchin’ Heaven Travel, The Bunkhouse (the retreat center) and their Block of the Month headquarters. Tony B’s Texas Kitchen downtown, owned by Clay Luttrell (co-owner of Stitchin’ Heaven) is also contributing to the growth.

Projects in Quitman include the Quitman Animal Clinic expansion, Greenlaw’s office space, People’s Telephone façade improvement, Appetites Properties and market in downtown.

“We’ve created a culture of growth and opportunity,” Hudman said. “Opportunities won’t be here forever.”

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