Two Levelland Economic Development Board Members, Jody Rose and Mel Gierhart were in Austin with Executive Director Shawn Kirkpatrick on Friday to complete 2 hours of required training in Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act, put on by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The Open Meetings Act training is required of all elected and appointed officials of any governing body in the state of Texas, within 90 days of appointment. All board members for the Economic Development Corporation have had the training. They also received a 6 hour training in Texas Economic Development Sales Tax law. This training is required by state law of all EDC Directors and atleast 1 other person on the EDC staff and is highly beneficial for board members. The training discusses the 2 types of economic development sales tax, Type A economic development provides land and other incentives and resources for mostly industrial and manufacturing development. Type B provides for mostly retail development and many other uses including parks and sporting venues. Levelland has a Type A Economic Development Corporation.
Also as part of the trip on Thursday of last week, Shawn Kirkpatrick and Jody Rose attended a Coffee with Governor Rick Perry event put on by Texas One which is part of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Governor Perry made a brief presentation as part of the event. Levelland EDC Director Shawn Kirkpatrick also attended the Texas One Board Meeting and Luncheon later in the day while Board Member Jody Rose and Levelland Community Development Director Eric Rejino attended the High Ground of Texas Appreciation Luncheon for Texas Legislators and Texas Economic Development Staff. They also spent the afternoon Thursday distributing packets of information on the High Ground of Texas and visiting with State Legislators Staff. All 3 wrapped the day up Thursday with a joint meeting with the manager of Economic Development and Tourism for the Office of the Governor. They discussed various state funding options for an economic development prospect looking at locating in Levelland.
The High Ground of Texas is a “marketing coalition” which represents 66 counties in Texas from Dalhart to San Angelo. The group was developed in 1988, the main purpose of the High Ground is to facilitate marketing aimed at enhancing the economic wealth of the region and promote the creation, expansion and retention of jobs.