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"It is vital to hold onto the businesses we have, while also recruiting new business."

-Economic Development Director Mandy Walsh

Lampasas Economic Development Corp. representatives recently visited two Lampasas businesses -- Builder Homesite Inc. and Oil States Industries -- as part of the LEDC's Business Retention and Expansion emphasis.

The LEDC is conducting one Business Retention and Expansion visit per month for the next year, and economic development representatives plan to visit some of the top employers in the Lampasas area, Economic Development Director Mandy Walsh said.

A significant part of economic development involves business retention, Mrs. Walsh said. As a result, she said the LEDC works to help businesses thrive by conducting surveys to learn what successes and/or challenges they face, creating appreciation
programs, solving problems proactively with businesses, pursuing business-to-business opportunities and helping with networking.

"It is vital to hold onto the businesses we have, while also recruiting new business," Mrs. Walsh said.

Earlier this month, Mayor Misti Talbert -- who also serves on the LEDC Board of Directors -- joined Mrs. Walsh on a visit to BHI. The company, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last year for its Key Avenue office, provides technology and marketing for the homebuilding industry.

The LEDC representatives had breakfast with BHI staff members, toured the office on Key Avenue, met with staff members, and talked about new business and what is on the horizon for the company.

"They have acquired new software they’ll be launching at the end of April, and they are continuing to hire for new positions, so growth is definitely happening within this organization," Mrs. Walsh said.

Another recent Business Retention and Expansion visit was to Oil States Industries.

LEDC board President Dr. Neal Leavell and Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Williamson joined Mrs. Walsh on the trip to the factory on U.S. Highway 190 East. Participants in the meeting, Mrs. Walsh said, discussed Oil States' expansion plans and a couple of recent corporate acquisitions that
set up the company for even more growth.

The next Business Retention and Expansion visit will be with Ajinomoto Foods North America. Mrs. Walsh said she and LEDC board member Ronnie Vineyard will visit the business.