Sweetwater is a member of Texas Midwest Community Network. The organization will host the 20th Annual Texas Midwest Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Abilene Civic Center. The event kicks off a milestone year for the organization with the theme “Making a Difference.” It will be a day of celebrating local leaders who are making a difference in their communities. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Leah Andrews and Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) Executive Director Ken Becker represent Sweetwater on the TMCN Council.
Solution seminars and hot topic sessions are featured at the conference to provide community leaders with information to better prepare for challenges communities face today and in the future. TMCN is the only regional organization of its kind in the state. The annual conference is the only event in the region to provide access in one day 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 community representatives as they share successes as well as insights to challenges they have overcome.
Presentation of community awards is a highlight of the conference luncheon. Sweetwater was recognized as a “Community of Achievement” in 2006. The luncheon will also be a history making time for the organization as Nicki Harle, TMCN Executive Director since the organization’s inception in 1994 steps down and the new TMCN Executive Director Kathy Keane takes the reins.
Attendance at the conference is open to all concerned citizens in the region. Most communities are represented by city and county officials, economic development professionals and board members, chamber of commerce executives and members, civic volunteers, healthcare professionals, school officials and student leaders who attend to learn more about the resources and services available to benefit communities.
Exhibitors in the Information Expo include: Abilene Behavioral Health, Abilene Regional Airport, Central Texas Farm Credit, Choice Partners Cooperative, Cisco College, Digital Impact Outdoors, Encore Visions, Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd Engineers, Jacob & Martin Consulting Engineers, Mask Landscape Architecture, New Amsterdam Global Solutions, Opportunity Strategies, Responsive Services International, Sarah T. Page Consulting, Sign Pro of Abilene, Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Tech Small Business Development Center, TSTC West Texas, West Central Texas Council of Governments, West Texas AHEC-Big Country Region, West Texas Innovation Network and Workforce Solutions of WCT.
Details on conference agenda and pre-registration are at www.texasmidwest.org or call 325-795-8626.
TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Angelo, San Saba, Santa Anna, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye and Winters.