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2012-06-28

EDC hears Sister City report

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Reflecting a new effort to do things right, the Bandera Economic Development Corporation made sure it had a quorum present before holding a brief meeting last Monday evening, June 18.

Following the retirement of President Horst Pallaske last month, the EDC was convened under the leadership of Vice President Joe Hearn.

Present were members Don Clark, Vona Dyer and Binky Archer.

The board heard a follow-up report on the Polish Sister City/County Partnership from Elenora Dugosh Goodley, head of the partnership program. The EDC had previously approved a grant of $3,400 to the partnership to support its promotion of the city of Bandera.

Dugosh laid out the itinerary of a group of visitors from Poland who will be visiting Bandera County during the Celebrate Bandera festivities.

"The visitors are very interested in seeing how we build houses here," said Goodley, explaining that the group will get to see some home construction during their visit.

Their interest in American agriculture will hopefully be satisfied with tours of working farms, ranches and dude ranches.

There will also be a dinner for the group in Bandera.

"We have set aside more personal time for shopping and for them to enjoy Celebrate Bandera," Goodley added.

The only highlights of the visit that take place outside of Bandera County include a trip to Austin and the State Capitol, and a visit to the Alamo in San Antonio.

"We're doing our best to economically benefit Bandera," said Goodley, adding that the Sister City/County Partnership program was grateful for the grant provided by the EDC.