The Stephenville Economic Development Foundation, Inc. will hold its annual membership meeting Monday, Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The N at Hard Way Ranch. Members, 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 will be Robert Johnson, formerly with the Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street Program. Currently serving as director of economic development with the Gladewater Economic Development Corporation, Johnson is in the Army National Guard and served in the United States Air Force where he worked in the Intelligence field.

Johnson previously worked at the Texas Department of Economic Development where he served as a contract manager helping businesses throughout the state with economic growth through employee training programs.

During his career as an economic developer, Johnson has worked closely with city leaders, community developers, business owners, other state agencies and the Texas Legislature. Along with helping business owners and cities operate more efficient fiscally, Johnson has helped communities capitalize on their historic assets and fully realize their capacity for heritage tourism.
The meal, provided by Hard 8 BBQ, 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 Thursday to make reservations so an accurate number can be provided for the meal.

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