TYE REPRESENTED AT REGIONAL LUNCHEON IN BAIRD

TYE REPRESENTED AT REGIONAL LUNCHEON IN BAIRD

By Courtesy of Kathy Keane, Executive Director-Texas Midwest Community Network

 

 

 

Tye was represented at one of five network luncheons sponsored by Texas Midwest Community Network this spring. The luncheon was held at the Baird Activity Center on Walnut Street in Baird on Wednesday, April 16th. Immediately following lunch the discussion focused on the topic “Tourism IS Economic Development”.An informational program was presented by Karen Wright, Executive Director for the Dublin Economic Development Corporation. She discussed tourism as a viable component of economic vitality and shared Dublin’s story of determination and discovery following the loss of one of its most prominent attractions – Dublin Dr. Pepper. Participants were then directed the group in an activity to discover each represented community’s authentic and contagious tourism aspects. {{more}}The idea of “authentic” and “contagious” represent the criteria Chet Garner, host of the PBS television series called “The Daytripper”, uses when selecting the communities to be spotlighted on his show. Each episode explores the back roads of Texas – bringing Texas to Texans. Mr. Garner feels strongly that “far too few Texans tend to explore all the amazing things that lie right in their own backyards”. For this reason, the luncheon exercise focused on those things that can only be experienced in each participating community as well as things that give visitors bragging rights and make they want to come back again and again. Cities represented at the luncheon included Abilene, Albany, Aspermont, Clyde, Dublin, Eastland, Gorman, Merkel, Ranger, Santa Anna, Tye and Baird. The meal was catered by Vada’s Eats and Sweets. Texas Midwest Community Network is a one-of-a-kind regional organization founded in 1994 for economic development, tourism development, regional awareness & promotion, and legislative awareness. It is an organization of “communities working together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone.” For more information about TMCN visit www.texasmidwest.org or the Texas Midwest Facebook page.24 attendees gathered at the network luncheon held in Baird at the Baird Activity Center on Walnut Street on April 16th. Attendance came from Abilene, Albany, Aspermont, Clyde, Dublin, Eastland, Gorman, Merkel, Ranger, Santa Anna, Tye and Baird. Photo Courtesy of Kathy Keane