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Growth on the Horizon for Mitchell County

A new addition to the Mitchell County medical facilities and a new power plant are on the way to the western Big Country.
While the Cline Shale activity has steadies for Mitchell County, many say their economy is on the right track. An addition to their medical facilities is just one sign of growth.

"The new clinic is going to house five primary care providers and one general surgeon" explains CEO of Mitchell County Hospital, Robbie Dewberry.

One of the goals with the improved rural health clinic is to provide patients with same day appointments. The $2.2 million dollar clinic is 96% of the way completed with the planning stages. Dewberry and the hospital board are making a few changes to the plans before sending them to the state for approval. Dewberry is hopeful that construction begins by June or July of 2014.

An expanded rural health clinic is not the only new development for Mitchell County. FGE Power is in the planning stage of building a two phase power plant. According to the Director of Economic Development for Mitchell County, Sue Young, each phase of the project will take about five years to complete.

During the building phase, over 500 people will be making their way to the Colorado City area, which will undoubtedly significantly impact the area. "We have some new houses going up...I don't know that a new house has been built here (in the Colorado City limits) in the past five or six years" says Young.

With six hotel permits approved, the landscape of Colorado City is already starting to look different. "It looks so different now than it did ten years ago... I think in the next three or four years, it will  become almost unrecognizable in my opinion" explains Young.

Andrea Burleson moved back to her hometown of Colorado City less than a year ago and is thrilled about the growth. "You know we are a small community and having new businesses and people, its always a great opportunity for everyone in town" she explains.

Burleson is the owner of Anchored Souls, a clothing retailer downtown, and says that she cannot think of any negative effects of all of this growth.

With new growth on the horizon, some feel that Colorado City is certainly proud of its past, and excited for the promising future.

For more information on the power plant development, click here.
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