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Darrek Farrell

The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.
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This is North by Northeast, conversations that matter to Northeast Texas. On today's episode we discuss Reimagine Commerce. It’s an ambitious proposal designed to make Commerce a better place to live and work. Much of the plan involves a redesign of some of the town’s thoroughfares and that part has inspired some opposition as well as support.

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Commerce Mayor-Pro Tem Gene Lockhart and City Manager Darrek Farrell say the council hopes to create an "enterprise zone" that would allow the city collect all of the local taxes from a new hotel or motel.   They say State Representative Dan Flynn has agreed to sponsor legislation that would enable the enterprise zone. Otherwise, the city is acquiring new body cameras for members of the police department.