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