On Monday morning, March 14, the board of directors of SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) met for its regular meeting at the Chamber of Commerce.
Only a few action items were presented at the meeting which were approved. Among them were the minutes for the February 2011 meetings, the financial statements from January 2011 and the payment of accounts payable.
In regards to the financial statements, it was noted that the retail sales tax are up from last year, which is the second highest number recorded. This marks over four months of positive sales tax numbers, in that the last decrease was reported last October.
A brief discussion was then held about the 88 acre Industrial Site, in which a proposal was presented to construct a 750 foot road. Continued work alongside TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) should allow for access to construct the road.
Following the discussion were reports from both Kirstin Smith and Ken Becker, the Asst. Marketing/Admin. Director and the Executive Director, respectively.
Smith informed the board of the upcoming wind power conference in Anaheim, CA, in that early registration ends on March 28. Different conference options with various pricings were presented, and the board has also taken an additional half-booth space at the conference.
The website is continually being updated through information being sent from SEED. The process of programming the site is in its beginning stages and continual training is being done in order for the site to be updated by SEED.
Smith also talked about a recent "webinar" (web seminar) with the website, and reported that they discovered that both websites are very ahead of standard sites.
Also, the Speakers' Bureau is already filled through the end of the school year. Plans are already being made for next year for various community figures to speak to students in the Sweetwater, Highland and Blackwell high schools.
Senior Interview Day is slated for April 27-28 at the SHS Cafeteria. Each day will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. This marks the third year for SHS's involvement with the program; Roscoe ISD will be joining for its second year.
Executive Director Ken Becker also promoted the wind energy conference in Anaheim, recollecting that interaction with KR Wind began at the show. The conference holds a three-fold purpose in supporting the industry, bringing in several businesses to Sweetwater, and continuing the effort in finding new businesses for the community.
Contact with various companies were reported by Becker as well, including a great report of the steady business from Key Energy. Currently 17 employees and 12 trucks are being used as far as Knox City and Big Spring.
Also, EMA now has a new sales representative and is striving to find one more hire. Because of their ongoing business, the April grand opening has been postponed. A one year anniversary celebration will hopefully take place in June with a ribbon cutting ceremony being considered at this time.