The Kingsville City Commission took an historic step towards improving economic development on Monday night, Jan. 10, when they unanimously approved a $500,000 Economic Development Grant Program designed to help local businesses grow and to bring new businesses into the community. 

The proposed grant program and administrative manual had been in the works for a number of months, as City Manager Mark McLaughlin and City Economic Development administrator Manny Salazar worked on the details of the program. The two city officials, in conjunction with other city employees, developed an economic development administrative manual detailing how the grant program would work, and presented it to the council in December for approval. The program presented by the city manager and economic development office outlined a number of guidelines potential appli

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