PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) -
The economy of Plainview took a big hit in February of 2013 when the Cargill Meat Packing Plant closed its doors, leaving 2,000 people unemployed.
The closing of the plant also set Plainview's unemployment rate as high as 13%.
But now, city leaders are optimistic that the city has recovered.
Plainview mayor Wendell Dunlap says the he is working along with the Plainview Chamber of Commerce to bring new businesses to the city to supplement the already strong backbone of agriculture that Plainview relies on.
"Plainview and this area has some of the richest farming land in the nation. All we need is a good growing season and lots of rain. If we have that we're in great shape," Dunlap said.
Dunlap says the city is in the process of building a new business park that he hopes will be finished within the next year.