The cities of Cabool and Houston have joined an organization that specializes in working with firms looking to locate plants.

The World Economic Development Alliance helps communities create jobs by providing lead generations for firms wanted to create new jobs, said Ron Reed, economic development director for Houston.

“We’re really excited. It puts a new tool out there for us to have access to,” he said.

The Dallas-based organization, which was formed about 18 years ago, has been associated with firms that created more than 10,000 new jobs and invested more than $1 million in the past 10 years.

Both Texas County communities will receive lead generations and be able to attend trade shows as part of their membership. Houston’s fee was paid for by its industrial development authority. Reed said the firm takes only a limited number of communities. In Missouri that includes Moberly and Joplin. For Reed, the mission is simple: Working with decision makers with active projects.

By working together, Houston and Cabool will draw on the strengths of each community as part of a site selection process, Reed said.

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