GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Grayson County officials have already joined with a private firm out of Dallas to help improve economic development. Now, they are looking to the private sector again for help during emergencies. County officials are trying to convince local business that a partnership with the county can benefit both parties equally.
Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum says he has always been a big proponent of public-private partnerships to better the county's future. Now, he has the backing of the state and is trying to get local businesses on board to help during emergency situations.
County leaders met with state emergency management personnel and local businesses Thursday night to discuss the possibilities of establishing relationships to help one another during emergency events such as last summer’s flooding.
Judge Bynum says there are a total of 58 public private partnerships in the state of Texas, as compared to 1 five years ago.
Judge Bynum says working with the private sector helps the county because of the government’s limited resources during catastrophic events, and businesses profit from providing their services.
Close to 120 people attended the event, 70 of which were from the private sector. That is a good sign, Judge Bynum says, that progress is being made.