BEDC Tackles Agenda

Directors of the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation met Wednesday, September 12th, for their regular monthly meeting. President Dr. Russell Jonas presided.

Mandi Pate, representing the Buffalo Athletic Booster Club, appealed to the board for financial assistance to purchase new folding sideline chairs to be used at the Buffalo High School gym and practice gym.

Pate explained that chairs now being used were ones donated in 2002 and more are broken or unusable than are usable. The Buffalo Athletic Booster Club?s plan is to purchase 60 new chairs that will be printed with ?Buffalo? and boast the school?s thundering herd symbol. Directors voted to approve a donation of $4,800 to the purchase which will cover most of the planned expenditure.

Molly Glick appealed to the board for funds from the grant program designated to help business?s with improvements. Glick recently relocated her sign business to Commerce Street and has worked to improve both the outside and the inside of the facility. The board approved awarding a grant to Glick for $4,732 which was 50% of the expenses she has invested in the improvements.

Brent Ryder, representing the Texas Youth Ranch Rodeo Association (TYRRA), asked the board for assistance with that program. Ryder reported that the Youth Association has grown and now all eight regular rodeo events are being held here in the Leon County Expo Center. Each rodeo brings participants and fans to the county. Directors voted to donate $8,000 (the same amount as donated last year) to the TYRRA.

The agenda item to consider a request for funds from the Hat Brand Bull Riding was tabled. No one from Hat Brand was present at the meeting.

Executive Director Ken Jones reported that two applications have been submitted for his position. Further advertising will be made to attract more applicants. Jones plans to retire at the end of this year, but has also agreed to stay on until another is approved for the position.