The City of Lubbock is researching how to make your future in Lubbock even better, but they're hitting the road instead of hitting the books. City leaders are taking a series of "goodwill trips" to outlying communities, the concept is to share ideas on how to further develop the West Texas economy. They went to Plainview on Tuesday in search of just that, NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire went along and tells us what they found.
Many people who live in outlying communities may work and shop in Lubbock, so the trip is a chance for Lubbock city leaders to say thank you. A few familiar faces went along; Lubbock Mayor Marc McDougal along with several city council members and Convention and Visitors Bureau Representatives toured the Fair Theatre and the Peanut Corporation of America in Plainview.
It's partly because of these relationships that the Peanut Corporation is located in Plainview. Lubbock Economic Development Association Executive Director Gary Lawrence recommended the location for the plant.
"We care about our neighbors," said Lawrence. "They're all of our customers all over West Texas, so how healthy this community is has a huge direct impact over how healthy Lubbock will be in the future."
They also toured the rest of Plainview to see what unique things it has.
City leaders have more trips scheduled for Muleshoe, Levelland, as well as communities in the panhandle area.
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