Celebrating Our Legacy With Eyes on the Future! That’s the theme of the 25th Anniversary Texas Midwest Conference to be held on October 24th at the Abilene Convention Center. In July of 1993, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Abilene Reporter News and West Texas Utilities met with 15 area communities to brainstorm about strengths, weaknesses and needs of the area around Abilene. The focus was centered on working together to build a vibrant community and economic environment in which the entire region could thrive. Thus was born the Texas Midwest Community Network and today the Network is made up of fifty rural communities stretching across thirty-one counties in West Central Texas.
The Anniversary Conference will include timely solution seminars providing city leaders, economic development professionals, chamber representatives and students with information to better prepare for challenges member communities face today and in the future. Texas Midwest Community Network is the only regional organization of its kind in the state and the Annual Conference is the only one-day event in the region providing access to numerous agencies, organizations and businesses that provide resources and services to rural communities. The most valuable aspect of the conference is the networking among the organization’s fifty-member community representatives as they share successes as well as insights to challenges they have overcome.
The conference will kick-off with an inspiring presentation by Stewart Harvey, Executive Director for the Nonprofit Center of Texoma. “Whatever the problem, community is the answer.” This quote by author Margaret Wheatley will provide the springboard from which Stewart will inspire attendees to become active in creating the conversations that weaves our communities into health and new capacity. Whether improving the local business climate, re-energizing citizens, or revitalizing the city center, community conversations provide a catalyst to engage people from all sectors to work together to improve their quality of life.
The luncheon will include the announcement of this year’s All Star Community Award. The communities of Early and Haskell are competing for this prestigious award. Kevin Tutt and Mike Daggs of Tutt & Daggs will recognize the 2018 Leadership TMCN community projects developed by member community high school students and their business mentors and assist in the presentation of scholarships to the top three projects. Participating communities include Baird, Ballinger, Dublin, Early, Gorman and Strawn.
Attendance at the conference is open to all member community leaders including city & county officials, economic development professionals and board members, chamber of commerce executives and members, civic volunteers, healthcare professionals, school officials and high school students. Estimated attendance is 300. FMI and registration visit www.tmcn.org/event-registration or call 325-795-8626.