Sweetwater economic development changes, five projects in the works

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SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Richard Fergeson has spent most of his life in Sweetwater, but this is the first time he’s seen anything like this.

“The past even year we’ve seen a dog park be built,” said Fergeson. “We have a developer in who’s building a few houses.”

Those are just two of five development projects in the works for the city, some calling it a surge when compared to the city’s history.

“Sweetwater’s been a community in the past, that didn’t have a lot of ups and didn’t have a lot of downs,” said Sweetwater Economic Development MDD Executive Director Ken Becker.

The EDC is now giving the community some of those “ups,” voting on a plan that would allow for more quality of life projects.

“I think the shopping opportunity, the housing opportunity and the upgrade of our parks will be a really great thing going today and to our future,” said Becker.

Becker says he hopes the changes will bring and keep more people in the city.

“Times change, I come from a Baby Boomer generation and honestly you would take a job wherever it was and you didn’t worry about where you were going to live,” said Becker. “Now when they look at jobs they also look at the environment around it and sometimes will not take a job because it’s not a lifestyle that they would like to live.”

“To see things popping up that are more conducive to having young families here and to have people who want to be here versus living somewhere like Abilene, I think is a big deal,” said Fergeson.

The five projects include: a new Sutherland Lumber Yard, a dog park , a cooler company, a housing development and a rail project.

All five are expected to be completed in the next eight months.

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