Message from the Chair

Tim Zipp

The last time I wrote the cover story for the GNBEDF quarterly e-newsletter (February) was in a different world from where we find ourselves in today. A health crisis that spawned an economic crisis. Hard to believe that was only 60 days or so ago!

However, as usual in this community, we have collectively stepped up and are now on the verge of recovery. The April 21 first-ever board and all-member “meeting” was held virtually and NBU’s Ian Taylor, one of our GNBEDF Vice Chairmen, provided attendees an inside look at how his organization is responding. Thanks, Ian. More on Ian’s presentation in this issue below.

Many initiatives have been launched to assist in the recovery and can be found inside this issue. Work taking place pre-Covid will pay off with a workforce study and the decision by PNC Bank to select New Braunfels for their new customer call center. Read more about this below.

Ironically, the nation will be celebrating Economic Development Week May 4-8. In past years, our staff has taken the opportunity to promote recent projects to remind residents of the importance of our efforts. However, now more than ever, your Foundation is here to help the community recover. From new information sources like the dashboard explained in this newsletter to new landing pages in our virtual world of communication, the GNBEDF will continue to work with our partners and members through this. After all, that’s what we do. Thank you for your continued support.

Tim Zipp
Chairman