Leander City Council will discuss and consider voting on an increase in membership dues for the city’s interlocal agreement with the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership at its Feb. 2 meeting.

WilCo EDP recently approved a budget increase—which grew from $30,000 to $500,000—under the assumption that partner cities will increase their membership dues as well, according to city documents.

The goal of the partnership is to increase the visibility of Williamson County internationally and promote the region as a talent-rich location for companies to expand to, according to city documents. Leander has been a partner with WilCo EDP since its establishment in 2017.

For fiscal year 2022-23, the proposed use of funds include an enhanced website; a buildings and site database; a site consultants event; marketing materials; an economic summit; an office location; and lead generation, according to WilCo EDP documents.

This increase is prompted by immense growth, the partnership’s desire to take more control of marketing decisions, having a more centralized location and enhancing communication methods.

Partner cities are slated to provide $110,000 to $130,000 in funding, according to WilCo documents, with Cedar Park’s portion being $20,000 and Leander’s portion being undecided.

Dave Porter, executive director of the WilCo EDP, will be giving a presentation to the council at the meeting.