Eastland EDI Receives Financial Assistance Request for LVN Program; Gives Updates on Projects

On May 11, 2020, a meeting of the Eastland Economic Development, Inc. Board of Directors was held. Members present were; Vicki Bradley, 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 12:05 p.m. The Invocation was offered by Jason Cochran and James Doyle led the Pledge of Allegiance. Donald Cate’s financial report for the months of March and April, 2020, were approved along with the minutes of the March, 2020 meeting.

Director Tom Bailey introduced Dr. Jennifer Kent, Senior Vice-President of Ranger College. Dr. Kent informed the EEDI Board of a proposed partnership between Ranger College and Eastland Memorial Hospital where Ranger College would offer a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) program in Eastland. Eastland Memorial Hospital has offered to let Ranger College use the old Hendrick Medical Supply building located at 410 W. Commerce, as a local campus. Dr. Kent advised that Ranger College is requesting assistance with the salary of one employee for one year. The EEDI board considered the request and asked Dr. Kent and Director Bailey to gather additional information to be presented at the next EEDI board meeting in July.

EEDI board members heard a report that Bartee Metals is doing well and is looking at a possible expansion. Marcus Bartee is considering adding some other services to his business. Mr. Bailey detailed some of the possibilities and fielded questions from the board.

Director Bailey gave brief update on several ongoing projects. The Red Star Travel Center appears to be off high center and moving forward. El Reno Energy is working on Crockett Street and clearing property in the Eastland Business Park for future development. Blake Fulenwider has moved into their new facility and the dealership looks great! The Woodlands Nursing Home is moving along quickly so construction of University Drive will get underway in the next few weeks. Progress on the new Downtown Restaurant pulled back due to the stock downturn and the corona virus, but owner, Lisa Benson, says her plans have not changed and when life returns to normal, she will move forward.

Carolyn White made a motion, seconded by James Doyle to adjourn at 1:12 p.m. which prevailed unanimously.

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