The board of directors of the McCulloch County Industrial Foundation met for its annual meeting Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brady National Bank Community Room After a dinner catered by Lone Star Barbecue, President Kirk Roddie welcomed all those in attendance and introduced the guest speaker, Rosa Rios-Valdez, Executive Director of Centex Certified Development Corporation, headquartered in Austin. Ms. Valdez told the assembled group that Centex had ‘partnered’ for financial support with a number of local businesses in the past’Loadcraft, Gulf, Colorado, and San Saba Railroad, Lou Alexander Tax Service, Producer’s Pride Hydroponics and Heartstrings Childcare Center. The mission of Centex is to assist in financial support for businesses in the 72-county area of Texas that they represent. According to Ms. Valdez, they are sincerely interested in helping improve the economic conditions in rural Texas and want to continue the partnership that they have developed over the years. Following the guest speaker, Mike Trollinger gave an overview of MCIF activities for the past year. Major efforts including working with the EDC to build a hangar at the airport for leasing to Texas Aerocolor, Inc., working with the EDC to provide incentives in an attempt to bring a multimillion dollar dairy operation to McCulloch County and working to establish a seven-county regional planning organization encompassing Hamilton, Mills, San Saba, McCulloch, Concho, Mason, and Menard counties were mentioned. ” Building the hangar at the airport has been a time-consuming effort; however, the contractor has finished the foundation and is now erecting the building,” said Trollinger. “Completion of the building is scheduled for late-June.” In the attempt to bring the dairy to the area, the owner of the operation has had medical problems and has not yet determined where he is going to place the dairy, in McCulloch County or elsewhere. As far as the regional planning organization, called Texas Central Regional Association, is concerned, a brochure highlighting the seven counties has been produced and a website for the organization is now being designed. Efforts in the organization continue to be focused on promoting tourism with future economic development activities planned. Other MCIF activities throughout the past year include working with a housing development company to gain approval and funding to build a $4 million, 64-unit apartment complex east of Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, working the owners of Down Home Country Cookin’ to submit an Enterprise Zone nomination to the Texas Department of Economic Development and working to revive the Texas Hill Country Tourism Association to promote tourism in 28 hill country counties, including McCulloch. For the apartment complex, the company should know on July 31 whether state and federal funding is available for the project. As far as the Enterprise Zone project for the restaurant is concerned, the nomination must be submitted to the Texas Department of Economic Development on June 1. Things on the horizon for the MCIF include renewal of the Enterprise Zone (it expires on September 30, 2001), reestablishing guidelines and criteria for granting tax abatements for the city, county, and the hospital, working with another retail outlet to gain Enterprise Zone status, working with Sagebrush Apartments to bring the project to fruition, working to finalize the airport project and take the next step toward getting a certified airplane engine mechanic and an airplane upholstery shop, working with the museum to establish a Curtis Field annex, and working with several businesses to gain financing for their expansion/ relocation. In new business for the meeting, new directors were elected. Kirk Roddie stated that the nominations committee had nominated three individuals to be directors for 5-year terms on the Board of Directors. Those individuals are Daniel Comalander, Ron Jordan and Tim Owens. All in attendance voted in favor of the motion. New officers to the board were also elected. Roddie stated that the nominations committee had nominated the following individuals to the offices indicated: Dr. J.H. Allen’President, Jeanagayle Behrens’Vice President and Lynn Farris’Secretary. All in attendance voted in favor of the motion. Retiring directors who have finished their five-year term of office included Chris Cummins and Williams. Outgoing president Roddie was also presented with a plaque. He will also continue to serve on the board for one more year.