Message from the Chair

Tim Zipp

We are well into summer, and our July 14 quarterly meeting was held virtually. Nearly 100 logged in and viewed a unique groundbreaking for Veramendi Dam #2 as well as updated information from that development, courtesy of Peter James, CEO of ASA Properties. Members were sent the links to view the presentation and groundbreaking. Thanks, Peter!

Your Foundation is not seeing a slowdown in activity from companies checking our area out. An updated labor shed study was completed and results are included in this newsletter. Another great company is expanding in our city, United Career Center, formally New Horizons Computer Learning. GNBEDF member Seidel Construction is doing the remodeling work on the former Herald-Zeitung building on Landa Street. Fifty high wage jobs and capital investment is going to be the result.

At a recent city council meeting, the city council agreed to acquire the current NBU Service Center off FM 306. Not only will that transaction save taxpayers substantially, it will clear our city public works from the old city hall property off Castell Avenue. Work has begun on the Courthouse Annex and when completed next year will allow one of our county court of law offices to vacate from the old city hall. Conversations are ongoing with the railroad to acquire the current rail yard site behind city hall. Read further in this issue on what this all means.

We have an article on the efforts to assist in the economic recovery from the pandemic. Unemployment is decreasing but we have a ways to go and everything we can do to help…..helps! Lastly, the annual golf tournament is set for October 2. My thanks to the major sponsors and to the teams that have signed up. We have a few slots left, and there are advertising opportunities for members with affordable tee box sponsorships.

Hope to see everyone (in-person!) soon.

Tim Zipp
Chairman