EASTLAND NAMED 2012 TMCN ALL-STAR COMMUNITY
10/19/2012 - The City of Eastland received the prestigious designation of "All-Star Community" at the 19th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, Oct. 17, at the Abilene Civic Center. Having received the award in 2008 Eastland is the only city in the region to have been honored twice since the award was begun seven years ago.
Mayor Mark Pipkin officially received the award from TMCN President Brandon Anderson of Haskell. According to Anderson "the award was developed to recognize a community in our region that went beyond the level of basic achievement into areas of specific accomplishments that serve as models for other TMCN communities to emulate."
Communities eligible to apply for the competitive All-Star Community Award must have been designated a "Community of Achievement" within the past three years. Eastland has received this designation in 2005,2008 and 2011 maintaining their eligibility to apply for the All-Star award. Other requirements included written essays explaining how the community goals had been accomplished and how clean-up and beautification had been addressed.
Through the local efforts of Chamber of Commerce executive Cecil Funderburgh an application for the award was submitted in July and the selection was made by a panel of judges who reside in other areas of the State. A $2,500 cash award was presented to the community to be used for a local project. At the annual conference in 2013 a report will be given by Eastland representatives explaining how the cash award is being used to the betterment of the community.
TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Angelo, San Saba, Santa Anna, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.
The mission of Texas Midwest Community Network is to promote a regional approach to provide the resources and awareness for its members to achieve economic and community growth. The organization provides a means by which communities can work together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone.
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Top row from left to right: Mark Harris, President, F&M Bank and Chamber Board member
Debbie Wharton, Exec. Director, Eastland Community Foundation; Trent Swearengin, President, First Financial Bank and Chamber Board member; Cecil Funderburgh, Exec. Director, Eastland Chamber of Commerce
Mark Pipkin, Mayor, City of Eastland
Brandon Anderson, President, TMCN
Jerry Conner, Exec. Director, Eastland Economic Development Corporation
Terry Simmons, City of Eastland, and
Joel Lawson, Principal, Eastland High School
Bottom row from left to right: Jerry Meyerson, Owner, McDonald's of Eastland and Chamber Board member; Tracy Wells, Teacher, Eastland High School, Courtney Simpson, Student, Eastland High School, Luis Ojeda, Student, Eastland High School,Lindsay Riffle, Student, Eastland High School, and
Clint Galyean, Student, Eastland High School
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