GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex -- A partnership to help Grayson County accommodate for growth from the Metroplex could soon become a reality. Grayson County officials and a private company out of Dallas are close to an agreement that would bring new business to the area.
County officials want to “propel, preserve, and partner” through a new partnership they say can lead to much needed development-- starting with the airport.
Representatives from the investment group Black Knight Partners out of Dallas met with county, city, and economic development leaders from across Grayson County to discuss the partnership between them and the county.
The partnership is designed to attract more business and to develop a plan for when the much anticipated growth from the Metroplex hits the Grayson County line.
County officials say one of the reasons behind the partnership is the further development of the airport, which they say is positioned perfectly for massive growth, as it is situated right next to the Highway 289 extension and features a runway able to accommodate any size aircraft.
Officials with both sides say they are excited about the possibility of working with each other to prepare an already growing area for what is to come.
“At the end of the day, a lot of things have to be done and those things cost money and you have to get people that know what they're doing in there, and the county is limited in what we can do,” said Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum.
Rob Holmes, founder of Black Knight Partners, says the partnership with Grayson County is a long-term investment.
“We’re not just a contractor or just a developer. We're investors, and we want to invest in the community and make this good in the long term.”
Now county officials want to let the public know the partnership would not take away the county's right to decide which new business will come to the area, but they say having a private firm increases the chances of attracting more companies.