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The City of Whitesboro, Texas is committed to the promotion and retention of high quality development within the city limits.  The economic development team is lead by the Type A Whitesboro Industrial Development Board, the Type B Whitesboro Economic Development Board of Directors and the Whitesboro City Council to offer incentives and opportunities to business recruitment, retention and expansion.  The City will, on a case by case basis, consider providing incentives and/or tax abatements to aid in the stimulation of economic development in Whitesboro. 

The economic development team may enter into incentive agreements with landowners on projects demonstrating an increased investment in buildings, fixed assets, increased employment, or an increase in the City’s sales tax revenues. 

Type A (WIDCO) Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM. Type B (WEDCO) Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM.

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 Whitesboro Reveals Strategic Plan and City Branding Logo

 “Promote a safe community that provides a true family experience.” 

This is the mission statement for the community of Whitesboro.  Recently a group of leader from across different segments of the city came together with the KSA an engineering, architecture and planning firm to develop a strategic plan.  The goal of the two-day workshop was to create a vision and plan that would serve as the strategic roadmap for the next 10 years.  The undertaking was sponsored by the Whitesboro Industrial/Economic Development Corporations (WIDCO and WEDCO).  

The process was guided by a commitment to develop a realistic plan that would address community aspirations and needs in a clear, concise, feasible and sustainable manner.  Step two, after devising the plan, was to choose a brand, or logo, that would represent the city of Whitesboro going forward and would reflect elements of the new strategic plan. 

The new logo, created by the marketing team from KSA, includes a colorful graphic and the Whitesboro name.  The emblem is one of four matching symbols of different colors pointing toward the center.  To some, this picture is representative of unity (an identified value included in the strategic plan).  The four figures can also illustrate the units of a family (as is the theme of the mission statement), or they can be depictive of various segments or organizations of our community working together. 

Alongside the graphic is the name “Whitesboro” written in an original font, also created by the KSA team.

The new logo will be used in a variety of ways.  The city of Whitesboro will begin to implement it on their correspondence, their websites, social media, in promotional materials, and on their fleet of vehicles.  Their various departments will incorporate it into their materials and uniforms.  The Economic and Industrial Development Corporations will also use it in their marketing strategies and their advertising and recruitment packages.

 Other community organizations are also encouraged to use the new brand.  Lynda Anderson, Director of WIDCO/WEDCO, said, “We are excited to present the new logo.  We would like to see it used community-wide.  Our goal is that when people see the graphic, they immediately think “Whitesboro” and relate it back to our town, our values, and our goals and plans in moving toward the future.”

Soon the brand will be available in file format for use in digital media, and the process of implementation will begin.  When it becomes available, organizations wishing to use the graphic may make a request at city hall and there will be a logo policy governing its use.  Any user will be expected to comply with such policy as a condition of use.

Penny Renfroe, Director of Parks and Recreation, explained how her department plans to utilize the logo.  “We plan to use the new logo across our various digital platforms, but we also want to be very specific about using it to denote a program that meets the criteria of the new strategic plan.  Those programs that are aimed at the different elements of the plan, we want to ‘stamp’ with that brand.  We would hope other groups would do the same.  That way, when citizens see that mark next to a program or event, they’ll recognize an effort to carry out that strategic plan.” 

The specific principles of the strategic plan are not included in this press release, but will be outlined in additional announcements to come.  In devoting a separate release for that information, a more thorough explanation of its details can be included. 

WEDCO/WIDCO welcomes Summer Interns

2014 Summer Interns
Whitesboro welcomes three Austin College interns, (left to right) Kelly Zapp, Lindsey Womack and Adithya Misra, The interns will be working with city officials over the summer finding and writing for grant money to fund city projects.

Whitesboro Economic Development Board (WEDCO) welcomes summer grant writing interns from Austin College (AC).

Whitesboro Mayor Welch,Grayson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Phyllis James, City Administrator Mike Marter and Economic Development Director Lynda Anderson welcomed the Interns at a meeting held at Lovejoys on Main.

Lindsey Womack, a rising junior political science major at Austin College, will be working alongside Lynda Anderson for WEDCO/WIDCO.

Kelly Zapp, also a rising junior and political science major, will be working directly with KWB.

Adithya Misra, an economics major rising junior, will be with TCOG in Sherman working around the area.

KWB member William Welch then addressed members to give an after action report on a grant writing seminar he and Anderson attended at Austin College, where they met the interns for the first time.

It was the "art and science of grant writing," Welch said, "a real eye opener."
Welch and Anderson hope the assistance of the interns over the summer will promote a continued high level of energy and involvement in the community and looks forward to the benefits of collaborating with them to better the city of Whitesboro.
The two day seminar was held at Austin College and included workshops to work on a specific project each representative brought, helping them with the process of grant writing.

The seminar was all about "collaboration, multi-generational collaboration and synergy" Welch said, a statement portrayed by the combined efforts of Anderson, Welch and the three interns at the event.

"These three interns are the creme de la creme in my view," said Welch. "It was amazing to see minds come together impromptu in collaboration."
Anderson also stated she was "very impressed with Austin College. We were able to learn grant writing along with the interns. When they are gone, we still have the benefit of knowing how to continue on after the Internship has ended.”

"Austin College is trying to move this program forward," Anderson explained in reference to the seminar, "I would like Whitesboro to continue to support this program ." Welch agreed, "there's a huge opportunity here, with tremendous resources for our community."

James spoke, adding "collaboration is important. (County Judge Drue) Bynum in his tenure supported it…and it benefits the county as a whole."
Mayor Welch also explained how working with Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), an organization that promotes 'regionalism' between counties, will benefit Whitesboro and surrounding communities through collaborative efforts with government agencies to work together for common goals. TCOG was created to be a liaison between community and federal/state governments and serves Cooke, Grayson and Fannin counties.

The interns then had a moment to show their appreciation and enthusiasm for the summer. Zapp stated, "Collaboration increases chances exponentially for money…and I plan on working together with the other interns to make our efforts successful."
Womack echoed her sentiment, "I have been blown away by the community…it is very welcoming…I am excited to get together and get the projects rolling. I want to establish something we can come back to next summer and continue to contribute to."
"I was skeptical about grant writing in the beginning," Misra said, "but I am really glad to learn this skill and be able to apply it to not only this community, but my life and home community as well. Programs like this bridge the gap between communities and I am looking forward to helping the area in economic development."

Finally, another intern with TCOG, AC senior and returning intern Katelyn Canaan, spoke to the positive benefits of working with the interns in the community. "I was part of this program last summer with the city of Denison…I totaled $70,000 in grant money for the Main Street program."

"That's the part we like to hear" Mayor Welch lightheartedly stated before addressing the interns, "please help us, as a community, help you so that you can benefit us."
The main goal for both WEDCO and the interns this summer is to hopefully get the collaboration with organization of Whitesboro to a point where progress can continue to move forward long after summer has come and gone.

Dedication for the new Outdoor Reading Park

Mar 2013

Whitesboro Economic Development (WEDCO) will be dedicating the Outdoor Reading Park to the City of Whitesboro on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 10:30am next to the Whitesboro Public Library.

Outdoor Reading Park

Groundbreaking for the new Outdoor Reading Park
May 2012

Outdoor Reading Park Groundbreaking
  Photo by Whitesboro News-Record

A great idea comes to fruition!

Your Whitesboro Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) broke ground for the new Outdoor Reading Park.

The Park will be located at 310 West Main Street and will include ample parking, park benches and a gazebo for a special reading experience.

Pictured from left to right WEDCO Board Member Tim Meador, Chairman of the Board Mike Haynie, Mayor W D Welch, Board Member Jerry Warren and Liberian Ginger Garvin.

See also WIDCO Type A Projects.

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