A long-term plan is in the works for the Taylor County Expo Center aimed at keeping visitors and dollars coming in.

The Taylor County Expo Center paid $30,000 to Preifert Complex Designs, a North Texas company, for the development of the plan.

Jay Evans, president-elect for the Taylor County Expo Center's Board of Directors, spoke to the Taylor County Commissioners Court about where the board stands.

"We've looked at everything from remodeling some of the facilities, demolition of some of the facilities and replacing them with new facilities," Evans said.

Some buildings at the Expo Center have been standing since the 1950s and have become antiquated, according to Evans.

"They've been used extensively over that period of time, in a lot of different ways, and so we've got some structural issues with some of those facilities due just to age," Evans said.

Some improvements, like the recent addition of new coliseum chairs, and system work, like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work, have already started.

"Twenty years from now we want this facility to still be a viable, useful facility that contributes a lot to the economy of Abilene and the Big Country," Evans said.

So far, there’s no cost estimate on the plan. Estimates will be included in the final plans and drawings that will be submitted by Preifert Complex Designs in the coming weeks.

When it comes to funding the final project, a committee is working on learning about various options.

According to Evans, the project can be funded privately or publicly.

"There (are) grants available, naming rights possibilities, advertisement possibilities that we are looking at," Evans said.