The Stephenville Economic Development Foundation, Inc. will hold its annual membership meeting Monday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The N at Hardway Ranch Event Center. 

Members, their guests and anyone interested in finding out more about economic development efforts underway in Stephenville and Erath County are encouraged to attend. The fundamental goal of STEDCO's economic development effort is the creation of a vibrant, attractive, and sustainable economic environment in which businesses can mature and provide wealth-building opportunities for its residents. 

Guest speaker for the luncheon will be Dan Hunter with the Texas Department of Agriculture. Hunter serves as assistant commissioner for trade, business development, water and rural affairs. 

He is the top advisor on the critical issues of water and the important role it plays in agriculture and the Texas economy.  He also oversees programs involving rural affairs and will be giving an update on state economic development programs available for rural communities.

Attendees will also learn about a new research program at Tarleton State University. Jana Burch, Doctoral Fellow with Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, will share details about the Innovations in Business Using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Disciplines Center.

The event is complimentary for current STEDCO members and $25 for guests. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce at 254-965-5313 by Nov. 8 to make reservations.

The program will include election of new directors and a review of STEDCO projects over the past year.