IC2 Institute Studying Small Communities

For over 40 years the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has sought to solve complex problems in society. The Institute has weathered two economic shocks with the energy crisis in the 1970’s and the oil bust in the 1980’s. Today, we are facing the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, coupled with a historic drop in oil prices that shook the Permian Basin in West Texas.
In early April, IC2 Executive Director, Dr. Art Markman, called upon researchers and practitioners across the UT campus to form an economic recovery taskforce to respond to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
A call was put out to communities around the state to join the Regional Economic Recovery project and the response was remarkable. Seventy community leaders from local economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and city government offices responded. Through interviews and surveys, IC2 employees will study 63 communities as part of the Regional Economic Recovery project, 60 in Texas and 3 in Louisiana. Combined with two other programs occurring simultaneously at IC2, 83 communities signed up to work together to understand the impacts of the COVID crisis on their community, return to their values, and develop a path forward towards economic resiliency.
Dr. Greg Pogue, Deputy Executive Director at the IC2 Institute, describes the importance of understanding community values and working together like this:
IC2 is engaging communities through three projects and programs:
These collaborations will empower small and remote communities to rethink economic development in their communities.
This summer, IC2 will study communities and help those communities assess the resources they have available to relaunch their economic development efforts.
In the fall, this process will be followed by a new program called Regional XLR8 that will provide community leaders with information and mentorship to foster wider collaboration among communities and to identify ways that small communities might help fill gaps in the domestic supply chain.
Funding for the Regional Economic Recovery studies in Texas came from IC2 research funds. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade generously provided funding to study three communities in Louisiana. The IC2 Institute drives research and programming through collaborative partnerships that elicit breakthrough learning and new models of growth. The knowledge, tools, and relationships supported by IC2 are designed to create more prosperous, adaptable, diverse, and resilient communities through the study and development of business ecosystems.
TO TAKE THE SURVEY – CLICK HERE
TO AGREE TO BE INTERVIEWED – Email Akhila Venuturupalli  at akhila.venuturupalli@utexas.edu
Press contact: Dovile Vilkauskaite, Communications Specialist
Phone: 512 475 8900
Email: Dovile@ic2.utexas.edu
IC2 website: ic2.utexas.edu

RRC Now Hiring!

RRC Job Description

RRC is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm that specializes in energy projects, particularly renewable energy, throughout the United States and was established in 2007 in order to provide a culture where employees are valued while contributing to meaningful projects. In just 12 years, RRC has grown to approximately 300 employees in the U.S. and Canada spread across six offices. We have experienced significant growth and success in utility-scale wind energy and solar energy projects. This is an opportunity to work on the forefront of the changing energy production landscape in the U.S as well as the growing U.S. infrastructure construction industry.

We are seeking several entry-level and experienced construction materials testing technicians for work within our Construction Materials Testing group. Although these positions will be based out of our Round Rock, Texas office, relocation is not necessary.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • No prior experience within the energy industry is required
  • Recent graduates or college students that are not taking classes during the summer are welcome to apply
  • Current standing ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certified preferred

Required Job Skills

  • Possess strong oral and writing skills to effectively communicate between project team members and clients.
  • Must be willing to travel for the duration of the assignment
  • Possess the ability to perform field testing activities in an outdoor construction environment, which involves lifting heavy equipment and walking on uneven terrain in summer temperatures
  • Must be willing to travel to construction sites in remote locations throughout the nation.
  • Personal vehicle for use on construction sites (pickup truck or SUV) 4×4 is preferred but not necessary. Company truck can be provided for a maximum of 4 months
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with 3 or fewer tickets on your record within 3 years.

Job Tasks

  • Please note that extensive travel (95-100%) throughout the United States will be required
  • The candidate will be primarily performing concrete and soil materials tests

We are looking for motivated individuals who understand the value of working toward success by delivering the highest quality services to our clients.  We are willing to train qualified and motivated individuals.

Benefits

RRC offers a generous range of benefits for employees, including:

  • Competitive wages
  • Weekly per diem
  • Monthly vehicle allowance for use of personal vehicle and fuel reimbursement
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance coverage

RRC is committed to investing in talented employees because we recognize that happy, healthy employees provide the best path to sustaining a successful business.

Visit our website www.RRCcompanies.com for more information.

PLEASE EMAIL RESUMES TO MATHEWCUNNINGHAM@RRCCOMPANIES.COM, or call 940-256-0802 

Haskell COVID-19 Updates

The City of Haskell and Haskell County updates in response to COVID-19 can be located below. This is an ongoing, updated location. Haskell County is currently operating at a 50% occupancy rate.

  • The state of Texas Governor announcements can be found here.
  • Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID 19 updates can be found here.
  • Rolling Plains Detention Center information can be found here.

05/06/20 https://conta.cc/3bae7v9

05/03/20  https://conta.cc/3d6MJiY

04/30/20  https://conta.cc/35jtQH7

4/4/20 – Statement from Rolling Plains Detention Center – Rolling Plains Media Release 040420

4/2/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/39FcvZN

3/31/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/2JuJhSQ

3/30/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/3dFGZOg

3/27/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/2UnvLq7

3/24/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/39bYXVi

3/24/20 – Workforce Solutions  RAPID RESPONSE LOCAL NOTIFICATION FORM

3/23/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/2QVRsM7

3/20/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/33Afml4

3.20.20 Statement from the County Judge  – Letter from the Judge

3.19.20 Statement from the Mayor Haskell  – Letter from the Mayor

Haskell County Disaster Declaration – Disaster Declaration

Courthouse Contact Sheet – Courthouse Contact Information

3/18/20 – Statement from the County Judge –  county update

3/18/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/33qTYPp

3/17/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/3daOIUj

Haskell Restaurant Guide –

 

water leak 11.13.19

Due to a water leak the roads on North Ave H between 4th and 5th will be temp. closed.

Thank you.

Help Wanted at RRC Companies

Job Description

RRC is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm that specializes in energy projects, particularly renewable energy, throughout the United States and was established in 2007 in order to provide a culture where employees are valued while contributing to meaningful projects. In just 12 years, RRC has grown to approximately 300 employees in the U.S. and Canada spread across six offices. We have experienced significant growth and success in utility-scale wind energy and solar energy projects. This is an opportunity to work on the forefront of the changing energy production landscape in the U.S as well as the growing U.S. infrastructure construction industry.

We are seeking several entry-level and experienced construction materials testing technicians for work within our Construction Materials Testing group. Although these positions will be based out of our Round Rock, Texas office, relocation is not necessary.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • No prior experience within the energy industry is required
  • Recent graduates or college students that are not taking classes during the summer are welcome to apply
  • Current standing ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certified preferred

Required Job Skills

  • Possess strong oral and writing skills to effectively communicate between project team members and clients.
  • Must be willing to travel for the duration of the assignment
  • Possess the ability to perform field testing activities in an outdoor construction environment, which involves lifting heavy equipment and walking on uneven terrain in summer temperatures
  • Must be willing to travel to construction sites in remote locations throughout the nation.
  • Personal vehicle for use on construction sites (pickup truck or SUV) 4×4 is preferred but not necessary. Company truck can be provided for a maximum of 4 months
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with 3 or fewer tickets on your record within 3 years.

Job Tasks

  • Please note that extensive travel (95-100%) throughout the United States will be required
  • Candidate will be primarily performing concrete and soil materials tests

We are looking for motivated individuals who understand the value in working toward success by delivering the highest quality services to our clients.  We are willing to train qualified and motivated individuals.

Benefits

RRC offers a generous range of benefits for employees, including:

  • Competitive wages
  • Weekly per diem
  • Monthly vehicle allowance for use of personal vehicle and fuel reimbursement
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance coverage

RRC is committed to investing in talented employees because we recognize that happy, healthy employees provide the best path to sustaining a successful business.

Visit our website www.RRCcompanies.com for more information.

PLEASE EMAIL RESUMES TO MATHEWCUNNINGHAM@RRCCOMPANIES.COM, or call 940-256-0802 

 

Job Posting – Purchaser Steele Fire

Steele Fire Apparatus is seeking a full-time Purchaser with a background in Procurement, Supply-chain Management or Inventory Management. Responsible for ordering product, inventory management within Quickbooks, developing relationships with vendors and overseeing stock levels. This position reports to the General Manager. Please submit a resume to tommie@sfabrushfiretrucks.com or in person at 247 US HWY 380 West.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, submit, and manage Purchase Orders
  • Maintain up to date, and accurate product information via Quickbooks
  • Track and follow-up on new product launches and back orders
  • Manage order confirmations and shipment notifications
  • Provide interdepartmental support on issues related to inventory and Purchase Orders
  • Improve on existing processes
  • Actively pursue industry knowledge through evaluation of competition and self-learning
  • Develop relationships with vendors through multiple departments

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years of experience in Procurement, Supply-chain Management or Inventory Management preferred
  • Experience in Quickbooks
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel / Google Sheets
  • Strong analytical, organizational and task management skills
  • Comfortable in negotiations
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Creative, disciplined and eager approach
  • Knowledge of power tools a plus but not required
  • Occasional travel required

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $30,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year DOE

Experience:

  • Quickbooks 1 year (Preferred)
  • Procurement: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Excel: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Purchasing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Supply Chain Management: 1 year (Preferred)

Celebrating Success

The DCOH has been busy working for Haskell. We are excited about projects on the horizon, but we want to stop and celebrate for just a moment.

We have shared before that the overall sales tax for the community is up 33% over last year. That may not seem like much, but if you compare that to other communities in our region, you will see that we are the only ones with growing numbers. Even Abilene is down 8% for their year-to-date numbers. (See here for more details here.)

How does a small, rural community account for a 33% growth in sales tax? The DCOH can’t take all the credit, but one can certainly draw the conclusion that having an experienced employee and a dedicated group of board members working on this unwaveringly has paid off. Haskell is steadily growing and has done an excellent job diversifying its industries. Haskell is no longer just oil, gas, and agriculture, but has grown its energy sectors to include wind and solar along with manufacturing.

The DCOH has made huge investments into the community over the years. Here are some of the ways the DCOH makes it happen:

  • The DCOH promotes Haskell externally, creating top-of-mind awareness to companies looking to locate and expand.
  • The DCOH works internally helping local businesses grow and expand, granting dollars for primary job creation. Primary jobs bring people to Haskell as well as create dollars that turn over 3-4 times in the community.
  • Did you know to date the DCOH has invested $75,000 in the storefront beautification program and helped 44 businesses? This program helps local businesses with paint, signage, windows, doors and more. No one wants to see downtown deteriorate and the DCOH continues to make sure that happens.
  • The DCOH is invested in building new leadership through its Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership program. They equip people to serve the community and make them aware of what all goes into keeping a small community alive and thriving.
  • The DCOH has donated money and worked to secure grants to expand equipment at the Rochester VoTech Center, further securing a workforce for the future.
  • The DCOH has invested in cloud seeding for many years to help keep the agriculture community strong.
  • They have worked to position Haskell as a mini-hub for the surrounding towns, which further drives traffic to retail establishments.
  • The DCOH has regular interaction with the State Senator and Representative to support rural efforts. They also work with Congressmen when changes are needed on a federal level.
  • The DCOH helped to build the prison many years ago in a partnership with the city and county, and last year worked hard to get it reopened after it was closed for one year. This took many man hours, phone calls and traveling, but we got it done!
  • The DCOH has won state and regional awards, helping to put Haskell on the map.
  • The DCOH Executive Director also works with various non-profit groups in Haskell to find ways to keep them strong and vibrant. These groups provide a framework of services for Haskell that lend to the quality of life that all citizens enjoy.
  • And the list goes on…

Other towns around Haskell are noticing the growth and are trying to figure out how it is happening.  Haskell has always been ahead of the curve. This organization is valued and has been looking out for the best interest of Haskell and the business community for the past 23 years.

WHPD Trade Days Schedule

There are lots of events taking place the week of May 29th – June 2nd. Take a look below and join us for a great time in Haskell.

Wild Horse Prairie Days 2017 – June 2-3

Summer is almost here and that means it is time for the 22nd Annual Wild Horse Prairie Days Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off weekend! The rodeo and cook-off will both be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.  See the flyers below for team line ups for the rodeo.

Rodeo Schedule 

Friday, June 2

9 a.m. – Team Roping

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Show  (Civic Center)

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Project Show (Civic Center)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chuckwagon Meal

7 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo

Saturday, June 3

9 a.m. – Ranch Horse Competition

10:30 a.m. – Ranch Horse Competition Finals (Awards at the Civic Center)

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Show  (Civic Center)

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Project Show (Civic Center)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chuckwagon Meal

7 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo

Sunday, June 4

9 a.m. – Barrel Racing

10:30 a.m. – Jeff Gore, Cowboy Preacher at God Loves You Ministries, westside of the downtown square.

BBQ Cook-Off & Cornhole Schedule

Last year was the first year the Haskell Chamber hosted the WHPD BBQ Cook-Off in conjunction with the rodeo and with the help of our event organizer, Tell Stevens, we hope to have an even better event this year.

This year the event will be brought to you by the Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Bailey Toliver Chevrolet. We are also adding several new categories and events to our cook-off including a kids steak competition on Friday night sponsored by Modern Way, cornhole tournaments on both Friday night and Saturday and a welcome event on Friday night. Here is the schedule of all the fun.

Friday, June 2

6 p.m. – Welcome event and cornhole tournament

7 p.m. – Kid’s Steak Competition sponsored by Modern Way (14 and under)

7 p.m. – Steak competition (15 and up)

Saturday, June 3

8 a.m. to 5 pm. – WHPD BBQ Cook-Off. Categories include Bloody Mary, Beans, Chicken, Ribs, Brisket. Turn in times will be throughout the day.

10 a.m. – Cornhole tournament

We will be looking for judges to help with all the categories for both Friday night and Saturday. If you would like to be a judge, please contact Tell Stevens at 2147-500-4506.

For more information about the cook-off and to see all entry fees and prizes, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/whpd.cookoff.  To sign up, fill out the form here.