On August 10, 2020, a meeting of the Eastland Economic Development, Inc. Board of Directors was held. Members present were; Mark Pipkin, Carolyn White, Jason Cochran and James Doyle. Executive Director, Tom Bailey, was present along with city staff members Ron Duncan, Roma Holley and Tony Stubblefield.
Mark Pipkin called the meeting to order at 12:01 p.m. The invocation was offered by Jason Cochran and Carolyn White led the Pledge of Allegiance. The financial report for the month of July, 2020 was approved along with the minutes of the June 8, 2020 and June 29, 2020 meetings.
Tom Bailey introduced Emily Rogers of Eastland Memorial Hospital who gave the board an update on the Ranger College LVN program in Eastland. She stated the tentative start date is August 24, 2020 and they have 14 students enrolled. She also said that while this is an LVN program, they are looking to extend the training to include an RN program in the future. Ted Matthews added that Ranger College has hired an instructor for the LVN program. There is a nationwide shortage of nurses and the goal is to train local residents in hopes of putting them to work locally upon completion of the program.
Ms. Rogers also presented quick updates on the Woodlands Nursing Home and also the Rural Healthcare Clinic. The Board also learned the new Rural Health Clinic will feature Telemedicine which will be a great bonus when dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Mr. Matthews thanked both the EEDI and the City of Eastland for all of their support.
The Board heard a report from Mr. Bailey about a possible real estate opportunity for the EEDI. The board directed Mr. Bailey to conduct appropriate due diligence on the project and proceed within limits.
The Executive Directors Report included updated on the Red Star Travel Center, the Maverick Townhomes and the new University Drive in the Warner Subdivision.