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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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November 2016

West Central Texas Council of Governments 50th Anniversary Luncheon

November 9, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N 6th St
Abilene, TX 79601 United States
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50th Anniversary event to commemorate and celebrate a milestone year for the West Central Texas Council of Governments. Additional details to follow.

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December 2016

Christmas Under the Mountain

December 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Downtown Santa Anna, US Hwy 67,84. Wallis Ave
Santa Anna, TX 76878 United States
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Santa's Shopping Village, Lions Club Breakfast with Santa, Retail Business Shopping Specials, Christmas Parade, Shopping Specials, Train Display, Nativity Scene, Appearance by "Elvis", Book Signing by Linda Pelon and Montie Guthrie, Miss Spirit of Christmas Contest,Library Book Sale and Coloring Contest, Santa's Mailbox and MORE!! For more information Click Here or check out our Facebook page.

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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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5th Annual Rip’s Ribs Cook Off 2017

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
On the Square, Eastland, TX 76448 United States + Google Map

With over 50 cooking spots available, the downtown square in Eastland should be smoke filled Saturday, April 8 for the 5th Annual Rip’s Ribs Cook Off. Kicking off at 9 A.M. with a mandatory cook’s meeting the event runs through the day ending up at 6:30 p.m. with a catered rib meal by Circle M Bar-B-Que. Vendors ranging from wood work to snow cones will be set up for those in attendance. Cooking will begin at 9:15 and shortly thereafter…

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Destination Marketing Principals Seminar

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
200 Brady Country Club Road, Brady, TX 76825 United States + Google Map

Join the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus for seminar dealing with the principles of destination marketing and identifying and promoting your brand. Wondering if this seminiar is for you? A destination marketing organization (DMO) or convention and visitors bureau (CVB) is an organization that promotes a town, city, region, or country in order to increase the number of visitors. It promotes the development and marketing of a destination, focusing on convention sales, tourism marketing, and services.

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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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