The Denison Development Alliance met briefly at a special called meeting on Wednesday afternoon to hammer out the details of an incentive agreement that the DDA says will bring 185 new jobs into the city over the next 5 years.

The Denison Development Alliance met briefly at a special called meeting on Wednesday afternoon to hammer out the details of an incentive agreement that the DDA says will bring 185 new jobs into the city over the next 5 years.


The Alliance met in a short executive session at the DDA office at 2:30 p.m., then held a public session to announce the approval of the new incentive contract, which provides $360,000 in incentives to National Government Services in anticipation of the newly created jobs.


Later that afternoon, most of the members of the DDA attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new NGS office in the 2400 block of South Austin Street. Mayor Jared Johnson gave a short speech, in part congratulating the DDS for its work on the project.


The mayor spoke to a crowd of Texomans that shuffled, shivered, and hopped in the brisk winter evening. "Whether it’s the people that are on the front lines shoveling the snow as best they can, or it’s the volunteer leadership that this community’s had for decades, Denison’s been very blessed," Johnson said,


"What we’re here celebrating today is really a testament to that. In 1998, a group of Denison leaders had the vision for this facility; WalMart had moved out, and we had a facility that was starting to do what many old buildings do, and decay. Then they go from decay to eyesore, from eyesore to not economical to repair, then a taxpayer burden and a community burden."


Johnson credited local Denison business leaders and the leadership of the Denison Development Foundation with salvaging the nearly abandoned building. "That group of visionary leaders had a different idea," Johnson said,


"They said, through the development foundation, let’s take a risk and let’s buy that building; and so here we are today, looking at a building that’s been completely renovated over the years, it’s completely full of tenants and over 600 jobs are in this building."


NGS President Mike Kapp did the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon after giving a short speech. "What a great group of people, thank you to the city of Denison," Kapp said,


"We have really stumbled on a goldmine of capability and resources, but most of all, culture. I saw so much great alignment of the culture here in Denison with the mission that NGS does. It’s really impressive, and as an American, as a contractor, we should all really feel a sense of pride."