DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Over the past couple of years, restaurants like Chick-fil-A and 34 Chop House have planted roots in Denison.

Now the Denison Development Alliance is focused on bringing new industries and manufacturing to the city.

The city council approved more than $3.4 million to increase the DDA's operating budget.

As the budget year comes to a close, the DDA has three projects they're focused on: The Johns Manville Industrial Park, the Quickset Industrial Park, and moving the agency's office to accommodate for growth.

"The labor pool is a regional labor pool," said DDA president Tony Kaai. "We have industrial property; Sherman has industrial property. We're trying to move pretty fast to get a building put up on the Johns Manville site."

The price tag to remove concrete from the site is $2.8 million.

Daniel Carlin has called Denison home for the past five years.  He's impressed with how much attention has been placed on maintaining the city.

"I think it would be really awesome if it built up a little bit more of a nightlife... doesn't have to be 'til 2 or 3 in the morning, but things get a little dead around here at night."