DCOH News & Updates

By Jimi Coplen

KTAB on the Road was a great success on Tuesday, July 10th. The DCOH, Chamber of Commerce and Keep Haskell Beautiful were all represented. We even scored a live interview. This event was great publicity for our community. We greatly appreciate the local sponsors who made this possible. Those businesses were contacted by KTAB and they handled the entire event.

LaSalle Corrections will be reopening the Rolling Plains Detention Center in early September. We have been busy at the DCOH passing out applications and helping them get established. LaSalle has also been conducting interviews out of the DCOH office.   You will begin seeing ads in the newspaper and on local radio this week.  If you or anyone you know is interested in being a correctional officer, please stop by the office.

The DCOH fiscal year is October to September. That means we have begun working on our budget for the upcoming year. We hope with all the new development, our sales tax will continue to rise. We will be continuing programs like our Façade Improvement Grants, Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program, our business recruitment program, and general marketing for the city of Haskell. The DCOH is always here to help entrepreneurs start or expand a business.

I’ve also been working on a small grant application that would be used for community development projects in Haskell.  We will not know for several months if we won the award.

If you follow our Facebook page, Haskell Texas USA, you may have noticed a new hashtag: #workinhaskell. We have several businesses looking for employees. They may only need one or two people, but we try to list them all so people looking can find jobs.  As more people find work in Haskell, we hope they consider moving to Haskell and becoming members of our community.

Volunteers, the Heart of the Community

 

By Mary Jane Buerkle, IOM, Vice President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors

Hello from your Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center! Summer is upon us, and even though we don’t have any immediate upcoming events, we still have plenty to do.

We hope you’ve had the opportunity to meet our new Chamber Manager, Amanda Hernandez. She has done an amazing job of representing our members and developing key relationships within the community in the short time she’s been with us. Amanda and board member Christina Isbell attended a “Chamber Best Practices” seminar a couple of weeks ago in Abilene with the Texas Midwest Community Network. They gathered a ton of great ideas, and we’ll be implementing as many of those as we can.

However, our board and staff cannot take on all these projects alone. In addition to a renewed focus on our membership, we’re going to work to build volunteer committees for events and initiatives. An organization is nothing without volunteers who share a passion for their community. Volunteering with the Chamber allows you the opportunity to network with others and tell them about your business and have a lot of fun doing it! Plus, you get to give back to Haskell and the surrounding area while gaining valuable experience and building not only your connection base but your resume. Volunteering also can pave the way for leadership development.

The bottom line is – we need you to help Haskell prosper! If you’re interested in volunteering with a Chamber event or initiative, or if you have any questions about the Chamber or becoming a member, please call Amanda at 940-864-2477.

Helping Employers and Employees

By Jimi Coplen, DCOH Executive Director

One of the many hats we wear at the Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) is helping our employers find good, qualified employees.

Many times employers will let us know they are looking, but will not advertise it publically. Often times we meet a person with a specific skill set and are able to pair him or her with the right employer.  We help both employers and employees find a good match so please let us know if you are a job seeker or a company looking for employees.

Right now, LaSalle Corrections is seeking employees to reopen the Rolling Plains Detention Center.  If you are looking for employment with good wages and insurance, applications can be picked up at the DCOH office. A background check will have to be passed to obtain employment. The office is located on the east side of the square, 24 Ave D.

We are blessed to have a new company/business coming to town, but we also don’t want to see our current employers lose employees.  If you are currently employed at a local business, please don’t leave that job without weighing all your options. Please talk with your employer before jumping ship. The grass is not always greener on the other side and your boss would appreciate that conversation.

If you are moving to the community for employment, we can also help you navigate the lay of the land. We can put you in contact with our utility companies, real estate companies, get you school information and much more.  The Chamber of Commerce is also located next door to the DCOH so between the two of us, we are sure to be a great resource for newcomers. Also, be sure and visit www.haskelltexasusa.com/edc for additional resources. The DCOH office number is 940-864-3424 and we look forward to seeing how we can help you.