Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp.

A $2 million fundraising effort in Nacogdoches will secure a Splash Kingdom Waterpark for the city. Nacogdoches formed a public-private partnership with Splash Kingdom to build an $8 million water park. 

Private donors have stepped up to pay for a quarter of the cost through a charitable fund for this entertainment venue that will be built on city property. Nacogdoches doesn't have economic development tax dollars to make this project happen, according to Judy McDonald, president of Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and chair of the fundraising committee.

More than 250 people turned out for a job fair in Nacogdoches, Texas, Wednesday that was arranged to help the more than 90 former employees of Hotel Fredonia. The owner of the 58-year-old landmark closed it  last month citing cash-flow problems. Since then, the city, business and workforce agencies have banded together to try to remedy the situation, according to Michelle Smith, vice president of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation.