NOLANVILLE — Bringing businesses to the city is the charge of Nolanville’s newly established Economic Development Corporation board.
Board members met for the first time Oct. 16 with the mutual hope of luring businesses into the city limits and capitalizing on Central Texas growth.
“Nolanville is already a great place to live and we want to make it an even better place to live,” said Nada Brackmann.
City Manager Stephen Pearl said the city began collecting the 4B sales tax for economic development in 2009, but a lack of volunteers to serve on the board kept those funds — about $80,000 — from being used until now.
“I’ve wanted to be a part of this since it first got pitched to me, but I couldn’t serve on it by myself,” Colleen Smith said. “It’s unfortunate it took so long to get this off the ground, but now that we have the man power, we can move forward.”
During the inaugural meeting, EDC members selected their slate of officers: Smith, president; Sidney Shelton, vice president; Jessica Beeman, treasurer; and Brackmann, secretary.
“The EDC is a great thing for the city, and since we have never had one before, it will also be a learning experience for everyone involved,” Pearl said. “We are looking to increase property values and the overall quality of life for our residents.”
Board members agreed that big factories are not the future they see for Nolanville. Instead, they would like to see companies like Costco set up shop, as well as businesses like call centers where location isn’t a factor.
“The guys to our left are running out of land so we have a tremendous opportunity here in Nolanville,” said John Blankenship, an EDC member, referring to the growth in Harker Heights and Killeen.
Board members still need to establish a set of bylaws, become incorporated with the state and file for tax exempt status before beginning to lure businesses to the area.
Nolanville EDC members
- Jessica Beeman, an athletic trainer.
- John Blankenship, a Bella Charca subdivision developer.
- Nada Brackmann, a project manager.
- Yvonne Frate, a teacher at Audie Murphy Middle School.
- Paul Habhab, a retired chief warrant officer-5 and Department of the Army logistics civilian.
- Sidney Shelton, an IT consultant.
- Colleen Smith, an aviation quality control manager.