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October 2016

Texas Midwest 23rd Annual Conference

October 26, 2016
Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N 6th St
Abilene, TX 79601 United States
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Networking is a great way to identify best practices and industry benchmarks and learning from what others do is a valuable strategy for all businesses. This is what your Texas Midwest Community Network is all about! Breakout Sessions will be held for City Officials, Chamber Representatives, Economic Development Professionals and Students. Community Awards and Student Scholarships will be presented at the luncheon following our Keynote Speaker. Check back soon for additional details!

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January 2017

TMCN Membership Meeting

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Abilene, TX, 1900 Pine Street
Abilene, TX 79601 United States
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School Choice, Border Security and Healthcare - Key Items Before the Legislature In a recent conversation hosted by the Texas Tribune and Howard College - San Angelo, Representatives Dustin Burrows and Drew Darby discussed the hot issues facing the legislature this session. These issues include 1) healthcare, specifically child protective services and foster care; 2) public education including school choice and small school funding; and 3) border security, $800M has been proposed in the current budget. Both representatives acknowledged a…

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February 2017

Southwest Quadrant Meeting – Winters

February 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Historic Rock Hotel, 42 W Dale St
Winters, TX 79567 United States
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We will receive and discuss the recently updated Economic Development Comprehensive Plan prepared by the West Central Texas Council of Governments and will welcome your thoughts as we fine tune the Plan! We will also hear a briefing of our Texas Midwest Day at the Capitol followed by roundtable discussions for city officials, chamber representatives and economic development professionals. Lunch will be provided by the ZI Hale Museum and tours of the museum will be offered following the meeting.

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March 2017

ED Alliance Meeting

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
San Saba Civic Center Mill Pond Park, San Saba, TX 76877 United States + Google Map

The TMCN Board of Directors are excited to announce a new format for the Economic Development Alliance meetings in 2017. This new format will focus on basic economic development education including an introduction to economic development and best practices, the typical organizational structures of ED corporations, the impact of job creation, marketing & recruitment programs, workforce development, and incentives for new and expanding business. The San Saba meeting will look at what economic development is and is not and offer…

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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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