Judge, mayors meet

County Judge Dave Barkemeter, mayors and city managers of Milam County’s five towns and a county commissioners recently met at 44 Farms near Marlow.

“I hope this will become a regular meeting of our Milam County city and county leaders to work together to help build a better place for all of us to live and work,” Barkemeyer said.

Jim Reed, executive director of Central Texas Council of Governments, updated us on the RevUp project, an area wide economic development strategic planning effort, that is underway to identify opportunities to bring growth to our area.

“This project came about primarily as a result of the Alcoa closing and was f unded by a national emergency grant from the Department of Labor,” Barkemeyer said.

A town meeting to discuss RevUp w ill be held at 6 p. m. March 28 the Patterson Center in Rockdale. See newsbrief, page 2A.

Barkemeyer said the group discussed tax abatement incentive packages which Rockdale and Cameron offer to potential business and industrial prospects.

“We appointed a team to develop a common county wide tax abatement incentive proposal for us to consider,” he said.

“Other counties offer such a program to prospects and we discussed the need for a similar approach in order for Milam County and Milam County towns to successfully compete for new companies and new jobs, including expansion of existing businesses,” Barkemeyer said,

“Several other topics were discussed as well,” he said.

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