Texas Midwest Community Network Executive Director Nicki Harle has announced plans to step down by the end of the year. The organization is seeking a new executive and has posted information about the position and application process on the Texas Midwest website, www.texasmidwest.org .
TMCN is a regional non-profit organization of communities working together to accomplish what one community can not do alone. The mission of TMCN is to promote a regional approach to provide the resources and awareness for its members to achieve economic and community growth.
“TMCN was born out of the region's economic challenges in the early 90s,” explained Brandon Anderson, Haskell City Manager and Past President of TMCN, “and in Nicki Harle, our organization found a leader whose passion is helping rural communities not only survive but thrive. We know that her strengths and skills will continue to benefit rural communities and be used in a variety of ways as she looks toward new challenges and opportunities.”
“TMCN has been a labor of love,” Harle said. “This decision to step down has been difficult but I strongly believe it is time for the organization to have a new director who will bring fresh ideas and networking skills that will benefit community leaders throughout the region.” She added “When the new executive director is selected, I will remain with the organization short-term in an advisory capacity for transitional purposes.”
Harle helped found the organization in 1994 and has served in the executive role since its inception. The only organization of its kind in the state TMCN began with a core group of 28 community members and has grown to 47 communities located in 27 counties around the hub cities Abilene and San Angelo.
Networking has been TMCN’s primary focus providing numerous events annually for community leaders to gather, share information and hear from professionals about resources available to communities. The organization annually publishes the Texas Midwest Guide, sponsors a Community Awards Program, and maintains a relationship with state lawmakers to keep them informed on issues of concern in the region.
The Texas Midwest Economic Development Alliance is a program administered by TMCN providing educational and networking opportunities for economic development professionals and EDC board members in the region. According to Ken Becker, Executive Director of Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, Inc and Past President of TMCN, “The E.D. Alliance has brought together communities with similar issues that can work together for a better future. We still compete for projects, but if I don’t get the project, I hope a fellow TMCN community does!”
TMCN member cities are 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.
For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network visit www.texasmidwest.org .