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April 2017

Grant Workshop

April 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
America’s SBDC at Texas Tech University – Abilene, 749 Gateway St. #301 Building C
Abilene, TX 79602 United States
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The Texas Midwest Communtiy Network will host a Grant Workshop onThursday, April 6th in the Conference Room of the America's SBDC - Abilene. The day-long workshop will include a morning session offering practical tips, successes and pitfalls from some of our region's seasoned grantwriters including Lauren Bush from Seymour and Jan Fischer of Goldthwaite. The afternoon session will provide tips and suggestions from several local and regional foundations offereing a variety of grant opportunities. The Community Foundation of Abilene's Michelle…

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TMCN Membership Meeting

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hendrick Hospital :: Tom Roberts Conference Room, North 18th off of Pine Street
Abilene, TX United States
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Many rural communities squirm when asked, "What does your community have that a visitor would want to see?" The answer (given too often) is, "We don't have anything in this town." The truth is every town has a story to tell and offer visitors but it is sometimes hard to see what is right under your nose. - Kansas Sampler Foundation Jeff Salmon, Executive Director of Frontier Texas will join us to share the "Seven Ways History is Essential" helping…

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May 2017

TMCN Quadrant Meeting

May 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lawrence Hall Activity Center, 801 23rd Street
Anson, TX 79501 United States
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Anson community leaders will host a regional network luncheon sponsored by Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) on Thursday, May 11th at the Lawrence Hall Activity Center, 801 23rd Street. Community leaders from neighboring communities are invited to attend, enjoy the local cuisine and discuss mutual concerns. The luncheon is held from 11:30 to 1:30; cost is $15.00/person; reservations are requested. The title of the luncheon will be “Economic Development – Cultivating Success”. A presentation will be given by Ken Becker,…

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“Know Your Partners” Conference

May 15 @ 10:00 am - May 16 @ 4:00 pm
ACU Hunter Welcome Center, 1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79601 United States
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One of the most under-pinning and fundamental roles government, community planners and economic development and re-development organizations play is building economic resilience and making their community a desirable place to conduct business. The "Know Your Partners" conference has been scheduled to bring inspiration, education and networking to the West Central Texas region. Featured Topics presented by Environmental Protection Agency-Brownfields and Revitalization, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality-Brownfields program, Texas Railroad Commission-Brownfields program, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Agricultural, Rural Development,…

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ED Alliance Dinner & Conversations

May 22 @ 9:00 pm
Perini Ranch Steakhouse, 3002 FM 89
Buffalo Gap, TX 79508 United States
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Members of the ED Alliance will gather for their annual Dinner & Conversation at Perini Ranch Steakhouse in beautiful Buffalo Gap. The event is casual attire - no ties allowed - and provides economic develpment professionals from around the region key networking opportunities. This year's topic of conversation will be Workforce Education - Closing the Skills Gap tentatively scheduled to be presented by Mike Reeser, Chancellor of Texas State Technical College. Two complimentary tickets are available for Alliance Member Cities.…

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June 2017

Chamber Best Practices Workshop

June 15 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
749 Gateway St. #301 Building C Abilene, TX 79602 United States + Google Map

If you've seen one Chamber, you've see one! That's the an old adage in the chamber world. Chamber missions vary, but they all tend to focus to some degree on five primary goals: building communities, promoting those communities, striving to ensure future prosperity, representing the unified voice, and reducing transactional friction through well-functioning networks. Join us as we explore these goals through the successes, failures and key insights of our regional professionals. We are also delighted to welcome Becky Benes,…

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July 2017

Newly Elected Officials Seminar

July 13 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
COG Conference Room, 3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602 United States
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Join us for an informative day of key insights for newly elected officials presented by some of the best in the industry! From budgeting/planning to parliamentary procedures, ethics/conflicts of interest to working with TCEQ, attendees will be receive an inside view of municipal government and have the opportunity to network with the presenters and their peers. Lunch will be provided where we will hear from Retired Colonel Brian Yates, Vice Chairman of Military Affairs with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.…

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August 2017

TMCN Membership/Quadrant Meeting

August 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Mary’s Cafe, 119 Grant Ave
Strawn, TX 76475 United States
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The Membership/Quadrant Meeting in Strawn is fast approaching! On Thursday, August 10th, Strawn community leaders are looking forward to welcoming you and showing off the assets that make Strawn so unique and inviting. For those who can make plans to come early, the day will kickoff with a tour of the proposed Palo Pinto Mountain state Park beginning at 10:30 am. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as we will take a very short hike to the top of the dam…

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September 2017

ED Alliance Meeting

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
ED Alliance Meeting, 101 N Arnold Blvd
Abilene, TX 79603-5225 United States
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Join us for an informative session on local incentives by one of the best in the industry, Greg Last, Chief Executive Officer of EDT Best Practices, LLC - an economic development consulting firm focused on assisting municipalities and economic development organizations. Greg will present two sessions on local incentives. The first will be an overview of incentives structured in the form of infrastructure, financial, employment, and training. The second will focus on policies to enhance commercial properties through facades, signs…

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TMCN Membership Meeting

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Abilene, TX, 1900 Pine Street
Abilene, TX 79601 United States
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This will be our last Membership Meeting before our 24th Annual Conference on October 25th. Following lunch, we will have a business meeting and then hear from some local experts in the field on how to best work with the media - in good times and bad. Any press may be good press, but good press is even better. Yet, how do you stand out among your competitors and catch the attention of journalists? The traditional route is to pitch your…

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