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The Eden Economic Development Corporation awarded its third IRP Loan to Frontera Healthcare Network.  Frontera provides primary healthcare services to the residents of Concho, Menard, and Mason Counties serving 4,800 patients a year with 15,453 visits.  Along with medical services Frontera also provides dental and mental health services to the service area.  Frontera accepts Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance and provides a sliding scale fee schedule for the uninsured and under insured.  Project funding facilitated the purchase of licensing, software, hardware, and equipment related to a new electronic records program as well as working capital to facilitate the transition.  The new program will increase efficiency and provide improved customer service to Frontera's clients.


The Eden Economic Development Corporation awarded its second IRP Loan to Leggett Tactical Solutions, LLC (LTS) in cooperation with the USDA Intermediary Relending Program.  "The program is an important tool for rural communities in our efforts to increase economic activity and create new jobs." said Economic Development Coordinator Kathy Keane.  The City of Eden City Council also offered their support by granting temporary office and warehouse space in its former law enforcement facility.  LTS plans to construct or purchase a larger facility as the company grows.  Capitalizing on a federally recognized HUBZone status and key transportation corridors, Leggett Tactical Solutions, LLC has chosen Eden, TX as headquarters for its textile manufacturing facility.  Co-owned by a service disabled veteran, LTS will provide high-quality personal protection accessories for all branches of the military and other security related agencies using innovative textile fabrication and detailed custom design work.  LTS' production items will include bulletproof vests, tactical accessories (vests, pouches, uniforms, weapon holsters, etc.), customized ballistic blanketing for vehicles and other textile items as determined by customer demand. The company will begin operations with the company's four principals and will add up to 15 full-time employees as additional contracts are secured.   "We view Eden as a place of growth with huge potential and will work to employ already existing local residents as well as draw new residents to Eden for employment", said President and CEO Blake Leggett.  LTS feels strongly about accountability as an employer and determined to become a stable source of employment for the city of Eden.  Learn more about LTS at http://leggett-tactical.com/ 


In cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Eden Economic Development Corporation has disbursed its first Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) Loan to Kiser Iron Works of Paint Rock.  With desire to create functional works of art, Randy Kiser started Kiser Iron Works in 1990, first in San Angelo and for the past several years in Paint Rock.  His love for metal smithing and design has been showcased in trade magazines as well as area television and newspaper articles while his work can been seen in various venues including custom built homes and commercial businesses.  With the assistance of this business expansion loan, plans are open a studio showroom with hand forged iron furnishings and hardware available to the general public, an educational area for the blacksmith enthusiast, and a viewing area where visitors can watch blacksmiths at work.  Visit http://kiserironworks.intuitwebsites.com/ to see Randy's work.


The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association of over 900 members, has announced its Community Economic Development Award for cities under 5,000 to the City of Eden and the Eden Economic Development Corporation for its work and partnership in attracting Leggett Tactical Solutions(LTS), LLC to Eden.   The Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) was established to honor excellence and exceptional contributions of Texas communities in economic development.  The criteria used to determine the CEDA award include:

Community commitment and Leveragability
Measurable Objectives
Ancillary Benefits to the Community

"This award would not have been possible without the forward vision of City leaders and volunteers, partnerships with the USDA - Rural Development Division, Small Business Development Center - San Angelo and the Concho Valley Workforce Commission, and of course, LTS who chose Eden as its corporate headquarters", stated Kathy Keane, Economic Development Coordinator.  Eden was presented the award during at a special luncheon during TEDC's Annual Conference in Houston on October 7, 2010.  Learn more about TEDC at https://www.texasedc.org/  


Seed success.  A garden of native vegetation with water features and walkways is the perfect addition to the City of Eden, where the Hill Country meets rolling farmland southeast of San Angelo.  A grant from TDA - along with the hard work of the Eden Beautification Committee, the Eden High School Service Learing Class and a number of volunteers planted the seeds of success for this project.  Through a creative partnership with the USDA Relending Program, a former city building became a business incubator for a textile manufacturer.  And with the guidance of the Eden Economic Development Corporation, the company created 12 new jobs - no small number for a town of just 2,755.  Another business venture offers entrepreneurial and hands-on business training for high school students.  Net proceeds from the non-profit will fund scholarships and the local public library.  After participating in a reality series for The Learning Channel, Eden is pursuing certification as a Film Friendly City, and is assisting area ranchers in developing nature tourism programs.   The Hardworking Rural Community Awards are part of TDA's efforts to market and promote rural Texas while raising public awareness of efforts to boost tourism, job growth, leadership, mentoring, community development and other economic opportunities.To read about all of the hardworking rural communities or for more information, visit http://www.gotexan.org/ or e-mail ruraltexas@TexasAgriculture.gov.


In its effort to maintain and improve the quality of life for our citizens and foster economically viable commercial districts, the Eden Economic Development Corporation has awarded nineteen Façade Improvement Grants since the Program's inception in the Fall of 2009. The Program offers technical and financial assistance to property owners seeking to renovate or restore commercial building façades in the downtown area - informally known as "the square" - and along the corridors of Highways 83 and 87 within the city limits of Eden.  Eligible participants can receive one five-year matching grant per building in an amount equal to 50% of the total cost of eligible improvements not to exceed $2,000.  Repayment of the grant depreciates at a rate of 20% per year if the commercial building remains in active use or available for market based sale, lease or rent.  Limited funding is still available.  Please call Laura Bowden, Economic Development Coordinator @ 869-2211 or econdev@edentexas.com to see if your business qualifies.

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