Pecos Gets Their Piece of the Stimulus Pie

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

Barack Obama is set to sign-in to law the economic stimulus package hoping to give the down-turning economy a boost. Sunday, the city of Pecos got their piece of the pie.

It's an opportunity for people in Pecos. Congressman Ciro Rodriguez made his quarterly stop to the area, and announced the larges financial support Pecos has ever seen. Local leaders say it's going to make a huge impact on the local economy.

"Pecos has been working really hard on economic development," Ciro Rodriguez, Representative for District 23, said. "We were able to get some resources for their economic foundation corporation to get going."

He annournced a $1.9 million grant to Pecos for 3 main areas: infrastructure, transportation and military testing, and a biofuel program aimed at diversifying the local economy with solar and wind projects.

"We've got to diversify," Pecos Mayor Richard Alligood said. "We're not just cattle, farm or oil, and the whole desire is to try to diversify - use the synergies that we have and look at what we can do to make our area flourish."

These new projects bring with them the promise for thousands of new jobs.

"This is a way of rebuilding our country, but also a way of allowing jobs to be created and an investment in future generations of Americans," Rodriguez said.

Many of these projects for Pecos will get underway in the next several months including Texas A&M research on military armor and transportation testing, two growth opportunities that local leaders say wouldn't be possible without these new grants offering opportunity for the future of Pecos and Reeves County.