22nd Annual Conference Inspires


The Texas Midwest 22nd Annual Conference is in the books! Over 340 city officials, chamber representatives, economic development professionals and students representing forty-nine of our fifty-one member communities were in attendance. We were thrilled to hear from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during the luncheon keynote and to recognize outgoing State Representative Jim Keffer with the very first “Outstanding Rural …

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Hico Named “All Star Community”


Hico is the 2015 recipient of the All Star Community Award.  This Award recognizes a community in our region that went beyond the level of basic achievement into areas of specific accomplishments that serve as models for other TMCN communities to emulate. Hico began their journey to implement their vision in November 2011. The Plan led …

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Five Communities Recognized as Communities of Achievement


Bronte, Early, Eastland, Menard & Strawn were recipients of our 2015 Community of Achievement Award – an Award developed to encourage cities of all sizes within our region to be better prepared for future growth through community engagement and economic development programming. Criteria to qualify for this award includes demonstrated vision, pride, youth involvement, business assessments and …

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Leadership TMCN – Throckmorton’s Gracie Bland


Leadership TMCN launched in 2014 with the desire to showcase our up & coming future leaders and, in the process, help them “See the Dream” and move their communities forward via a community project. Gracie Bland and her business mentor Renee Ash took on the mammoth task of renovating Throckmorton’s historic jail. Built in 1875, the …

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Leadership TMCN – Munday’s Grace Tidwell and Kathryn Cude


Grace Tidwell and Kathryn Cude along with business mentors Lorri Coop and Jimi Coplen developed a unique community venue combining education and exercise.  Both students recognized the importance of reading and creating opportunities for families to engaged in positive interaction.  Grace and Kathryn met with city and county officials to begin planning, solicited grants and sold paving bricks to fund …

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Leadership TMCN – Breckenridge’s Emma Davis, Nikk Chandarlis, Jadyn Cisneros and Cade Cornett


Emma Davis, Nikk Chandarlis, Jadyn Cisneros and Cade Cornett along with business mentors Lisa Echols and Leslie Blackerby saw the need to increase economic opportunities in their community through the redevelopment of the city’s rodeo arena.mThe students began by making presentations to local organizations and expounding on the benefits of increased event opportunities. They held a …

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Leadership TMCN – Baird’s Alvin Chinell


Alvin Chinell along with business mentors Lori Higgins and Keri Goodwin was inspired to increase the quality of life for those most in need within his community. Created by the late Ruth Dye Fisher, the Mission of Miracles focuses on providing the necessities of life – food and clothing. However, the facility was deteriorating and needed significant structural improvements. …

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Leadership TMCN – Ballinger’s Allison Schaefer and Rusty Fischer


Allison Schaefer and Rusty Fischer along with business mentor Tammie Virden saw the need to recognize the community’s rich heritage while creating a much needed venue for community activities and functions. Carver School was built in 1904 and remained in operation for through the mid 1950s. Though filled with fond memories of days gone by, the facility no …

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Leadership TMCN – Early’s Patrick Murphy and Holli Hullum


Patrick Murphy and Holli Hullum along with business mentor Shawn Russell envisioned the need to recognize the significant educational impact of the city’s founder and create a welcoming entrance to Early High School for students as well as teachers and parents. Patrick and Holli set about to sell their vision, solicit donations for supplies, engage numerous volunteers and lead that team …

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