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John Osbourne Discusses LEDA’s Efforts To Attract Gun Makers To Lubbock [AUDIO]

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On the Friday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, John Osbourne, CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, talked with Chad Hasty about the group’s efforts to attract gun manufactures to Lubbock.

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Following the lead of Governor Rick Perry, LEDA has been reaching out to gun manufactures in the “disgruntled” northeastern states such as Connecticut and trying to entice them to set up business in Lubbock. Osbourne said that there is no shortage of unhappy gun manufactures that have threatened to walk out of their respective state. However, there is also no shortage of Texas cities and other states who would love to have them.

We’ve had a whole industry up in the Northeast, some of them have been there for 10 years, and others have been there for hundreds of years, that now the state laws are changing such that the companies have publicly stated, “We’re considering moving.” And so there’s no shortage of economic development organization that are trying to attract those companies to move to their states.

Osbourne explained that what makes it a little trickier for Lubbock and other Texas cities to attract the gun manufactures is that, because Texas offers more local benefits than other states, the cities are having to promote themselves as opposed to just promoting the state as a whole. He added that there’s really no specific sales pitch for Lubbock, and that’s it’s more a matter of appealing to the individual business.

Osbourne went on to explain that the most important part of drawing a business to Lubbock is to explain how the city can best suit that business’s specific needs.

Listen to The Chad Hasty Show weekday mornings from 8:30 AM to 11 AM on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at

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