The Stephenville Economic Development Authority, or SEDA, in conjunction with the executive search firm, The Mike Barnes Group, is actively looking for the right person to fill its currently-vacant executive director position.

In addition, the organization is seeking to bring new businesses to Stephenville, in particular with an eye on the retail grocery niche.

The E-T spoke with local attorney and SEDA secretary, Shelby Slawson who said, “The Mike Barnes Group has moved quickly in the search for a SEDA executive director, and at last report to SEDA, had already received several submittals from highly-qualified individuals. SEDA looks forward to coordinating interviews in the near future.”

Asked about the possibility of HEB building a new store here, and perhaps Aldi’s bringing in a discount supermarket, Slawson replied, “With regard to questions about new grocery retailers, the directors of SEDA agree that a new, larger grocery store would be a very welcome addition to our community.”

Slawson continued, “While the board does not have any reportable information at this time, we know this is an important issue to our citizens and we are likewise excited about potential opportunities.”

SEDA is Stephenville’s first sales-tax funded economic development corporation, or EDC. Its function is to enhance economic development in our area in as many ways as possible.

That includes attracting new businesses that will bring in well-paying jobs and promoting and retaining existing businesses. SEDA was formed in late 2015 and is sales-tax funded via the City of Stephenville City Council, which has oversight of the organization.