While a special committee continues to evaluate economic development in Dickson County as part of the search for a new director of the chamber of commerce, Mayor Bob Rial says the county needs to create more variety in work opportunities within the county. During his state-of-the-county address at a chamber luncheon Monday, the mayor said the county needs to work on its infrastructure to be in a better position to attract more than just manufacturing jobs. Rial said about 5,000 people from surrounding areas commute to Dickson County to work every day, but about 11,000 Dickson County residents leave the county each day for their jobs. “We need to find jobs to keep people here. We’re proud of our factory jobs that we’re getting. It helps our economy be diverse. We need a larger thrust into white collar-type jobs that will keep people at home,” Rial said. The mayor said the county needs to work on improving some infrastructure such as the kind of phone lines that are needed for call centers and corporate headquarters. Rial said the county, cities and chamber remain committed to economic growth, but he and Dickson Mayor Don Weiss have both said the county faces a new challenge in finding more property now that the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park is approaching capacity. Rial and Weiss are members of a special committee appointed by chamber of commerce board of directors President Ted Williams that is currently assessing the economic development process. The committee also includes Donald Richardson, Judy White Walters, David Martin and Brian Burr and held its second meeting Thursday. The committee hopes to establish the criteria that will be used in the search for a new chamber director to replace David Hamilton, who left in June after 13 years to become the CEO of the Henry County Alliance.