NOLANVILLE — The Nolanville Economic Development Corporation board met Wednesday, with a mutual hope of expanding the city’s tax rate by bringing in more businesses and capitalizing on the growth in Central Texas.

During the inaugural meeting, EDC members selected their slate of officers: Colleen Smith, president; Sidney Shelton, vice president; Jessica Beeman, treasurer; and Nada Brackmann, secretary.

“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 Harker Heights.

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.

As a homeowner and business owner of Do Good Designs in Nolanville, Brackmann said she sees the city’s potential.

“Nolanville is already a great place to live and we want to make it an even better place to live,” Brackmann said of why she got involved with the EDC.

With the board’s creation, Pearl said the city is preparing for growth and future generations to enhance the city economically and improve the quality of life for residents.

“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.

“Since we have so many medical facilities and hospitals nearby, a medical manufacturer might be a good fit also,” said Yvonne Frate, an EDC member. “We have a lot of opportunity because of our location and proximity to Fort Hood.”

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.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

"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."

So what are the board members waiting for...let's get going.

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