Such was a comment echoed by many of this year’s attendees to our virtual 27th Annual Conference held on Wednesday, October 28th. Kudos go to our Board of Directors for their insights into the key issues facing our communities, our incredible speakers (see below), and to TMCN Marketing Partner Tolar Systems, Inc. for providing exceptional backend technical services which ensured the success of our very first virtual Conference.
Key topics and expert speakers included:
- Seeing the Small Town Future with Deb Brown, SaveYour.Town
- Crafting Meaningful Goals: Strategic Planning 101 with Alysia A. Cook, Opportunity Strategies, LLC
- Revitalizing Your Downtown with Lori Vincent, Acceleration by Design
- Leadership That Works with Jimi Coplen, Knox/City-Haskell Counties Rural Leadership and Becki Womble, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
- Building a Way Forward: Market-Base Housing Best Practices with Ray Tipton, Brownwood Municipal Development District and Ken Becker, Sweetwater Municipal Development District
- Sense of Place – Use it to Strengthen Your Community for Residents, Businesses and Visitors with Vicky Soderberg, Cygnet Strategies, LLC
We were also thrilled to awarded scholarships to our Leadership TMCN Class of 2020. The winners were:
- First Place $2,000 Scholarship Award went to Team Anson: Marissa Flores, Roy Soliz and Mentor Amy McIntire for their project, Bags of Love.
- Second Place $1,500 Scholarship Award went to Team Stamford: Luke Thane and Mentor Luci Wedeking for his project, Wendenborn Park.
- Third Place $1,250 Scholarship Award when to Team Early: Ty McConn, Jax Managan and Mentors Denise Hudson and Larry McConn for their project RAMPS: Recreation and Activity Through Mental and Physical Sports.
We are excited to announce that we will soon be offering a rebroadcast of each session to allow those of you who were not able to attend an opportunity to learn from these incredible experts in their respective industries. Attendees of the Annual Conference will be able to view the rebroadcasts free of charge. Be watching for the dates and times of these rebroadcasts coming soon!