By Jimi Coplen, DCOH Executive Director
The month of August was another good month for sales tax. It was up 15%. This rise means people are shopping local and Haskell is headed in a positive direction.
The DCOH has been working on recruitment for the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership program. This program kicks off in October. There is still time to get signed up, simply contact our office.
We have also been working on developing strategies for highway 277, specifically, the land south of the RV Sales Center and Rolling Plains Detention Center that is owned by the DCOH. One critical need for development is a road and/or exit ramp off of highway 277. This can be accomplished with a Texas Capital Fund grant; however, we have to have a NEW business locate there first in order to qualify for that. In the meantime, we will keep working on different strategies to get that accomplished.
We have added another great business to the downtown square on the northwest corner. Roger Roewe has opened a retail store. That building is owned by the DCOH. We had to make some improvements to the downstairs space to get it rentable such as HVAC, electrical and a restroom. Mr. Roewe took care of all the cosmetic improvements. It has been a great partnership to breathe new life back into that space and help revive the downtown square.
The DCOH is also working with the Rochester VoTech campus on a High Demand Job Training Grant for equipment. The DCOH will be pledging matching dollars in order to maximize the grant. The VoTech campus supplies our community and region with a pipeline of future workforce and we are fortunate to have them.
As always, the DCOH can be contacted at 940-864-3424 or stop by our office at 24 Ave D.