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A Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation report released Thursday shows the group brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the city in 15 years of work.

“We think we have used the taxpayers’ money wisely,” said Polo Enriquez, the corporation’s executive director.

The corporation is constantly reviewing potential businesses to bring to the city and working with current employers to see what benefits expanding operations could have on Copperas Cove.

It does so to calculate if any incentives should be given to those entities, Enriquez said. At the request of its board members, the Cove EDC was tasked with evaluating its operations in the same manner.

Conducted using the corporation’s staff, the report titled “Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, Community Return on Investment,” details multiple projects and the benefits received from them.

The EDC has been connected to many projects in the city; those in the report are just the ones that could be proven through historical research, said Monica Hull, the corporation’s marketing director.