Experts tell us how to attract new industry

Feb. 18-21, 1966 Leaders representing all types of businesses in Brady from some of the smallest to representatives of local industries met at the Plateau Restaurant Wednesday to hear 10 experts in the field of economic development tell them what they must do in order to attract new industry to Brady. They stressed the fact that not only should they attempt to create new industry but make every effort to keep the present and offer assistance for expansion. The day-long affair began with a tour of the larger industries in Brady’Roddie Wool Scouring, Brady Combing Plant, Heart of Texas Mining and Loadcraft. After a tour of the facilities the clinic started as the speakers pointed out the needs of Brady in attracting industry as they pertained to each of their specialties. Godfrey, in promoting tourism for the State, prefaced his statements by saying that tourism is the fastest growing industry in the state. “A trip to Texas is an experience to be shared. A love for travel, to see new places, has made America the greatest place in the world for tourism.” He went on to point out that Americans were able to travel where and when they please. “With super highways and fine automobiles, distances have been shortened. ‘About 55 percent of all Americans take a vacation trip each year, mostly in private vehicles,” he said. “Your job will be selling attractions and services to visitors from far away places or maybe the next town. These people spend money,” he added. In defining tourism as a smokeless, invisible industry where the dollars spent flow into the blood stream of the community, he encouraged the development of the state’s natural tourism resources. He said that people were suddenly realizing the economic rewards of tourism, “After all it is easier to pick a tourist than it is to pick a bale of cotton.” An increase of out-of-state visitors of 14 percent in 1965 brought $700 million dollars to the state. Of that sum, $60 million went into the state coffers of Texas. Visitors mean prosperity. “Experts have predicted that 20-21 million people will visit Texas in 1968 and Texas should reap a billion dollars in tourism. What is Brady going to do to get its share'” he asked. To organize for an industrial level, Harry W. Clark urged those present to find the natural resources available and to do something with them. He described the transit dollar as one made somewhere else and brought into the county and the industrial dollar as one that it takes something to do something with to get an added value. He pointed out that industries locate in certain areas to make a profit. *** Rochelle girls trim Eden in first play-off The Rochelle girls basketball team moved within one game of the district championship Tuesday night defeating the Eden fems, 50-39. The next game in a two-of-three playoff will be played Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Eden. Rochelle jumped to a 18-10 lead on the shooting of Kathy Doyal, who scored 19 points. The Eden girls rallied for a 26-25 halftime lead, but with a blazing third quarter by Rochelle, outscoring Eden, 18-5. Rochelle is now 19-3 on the season. Should a third game be necessary, it will be played at Brady High School gym on Feb. 22. *** Brady firemen sponsor fund for fire victim The Brady Fire Department has accepted custodianship of a fund being made up for treatment and care of Louise Plumley who was seriously burned at her home on Feb. 4. A number of people have expressed an interest in the fund and the fire dept. has agreed to process the money. Anyone wishing to make a donation should send it to “the Louise Plumley fund” in care of the fire Dept. The 13-year-old was burned about the upper body when her night gown caught fire as she was preparing to go to school. She is still confined in the Brady Hospital. Her condition is still considered serious. Louise is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Plumley of 2007 S. Walnut. Containers are also located at Rudder Drug, McShans and at Lintz’s Department store. *** Abilene minister guest speaker here Mid McKnight, minister of the Highland Church of Christ, in Abilene, will be guest speaker Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the 4th and Bridge St. Church of Christ. Mr. McKnight’s previous engagement to speak in Brady was cancelled due to severe weather conditions. *** Classified ads For Rent-2 bedroom homes, $45 per month, call V.E. Jordan at 597-2134. For Sale by owner-160 acre stock farm. Nice large home, good water, good location. $25,600.

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