JTEDC Special Meeting
City Hall Meeting Room 102 North 5th Junction, Texas 76849
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 5:15 pm
The Junction Texas Economic Development Corporation’s (JTEDC) mission is to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs and improve the quality of life in Kimble County.
The JTEDC had its beginnings in 1994, when voters in the City of Junction adopted a proposition authorizing the levy of a one-half cent “sales and use” tax within the city limits. This proposition and the Texas Development Corporation Act of 1979 (as amended) govern the types of activities that may be funded with the sales tax revenue collected by the City of Junction.
The JTEDC, a government entity, is the body responsible for administering economic development activities authorized by the 1994 City proposition and state law. The City Council is the governing body of the JTEDC. Its board consists of seven (7) members appointed by the City Council. Appointees, who serve staggered two-year terms, must be at least 18 years old, residents of Kimble County, and at least three (3) of the Board members must not be City employees or members of the City Council.
The JTEDC has undertaken a number of projects since its inception, which involved loan guarantees for local businesses, funding construction of facilities on the Texas Tech campus in Junction, making a grant to assist with upgrading the county airport, and assisting with City Park improvement projects. Depending on the nature of a project, both private and public entities are eligible for financial assistance. Cost-sharing grants continue to be the primary type of assistance provided by the JTEDC.
Polly Robinson, President
Polly Robinson moved to Kimble County 1958, and she grew up on her family’s ranch. She graduated from Junction High School and received a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Robinson then began a 30-year career as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. She retired in 2013 and moved back to Kimble County to help manage her family’s business interests.
Tom Rattan, Vice-President
Tom is a native Texan who grew up in Midland. He graduated high school in 1967, attended Odessa Junior college a couple of semesters, then joined the Navy. He volunteered for river boat duty in Vietnam and, after four years in the Navy came back to Midland and attended Midland Junior College for two years and finished college at Arizona State University. He came back to Midland and went to work for an architecture firm there. After a few years opened his own firm and did mainly commercial design along with residential design. Churches made up a large part of the practice. Tom is retired and living in Junction but still does a few projects for some of the local builders. He attends the College St. Church of Christ and is on the board at the Junction Golf Course. Interests include working in his pottery studio and fishing.
Carol Neiman, Secretary
Carol grew up in Dallas as the eldest child of a blue-collar working class family. After earning a scholarship, she found that university life didn’t suit her and spent the next 40+ years living all over the U.S. and abroad, gaining experience as a waitress, bouncer, program development specialist for a management consulting firm, gallery owner, editorial director of an international publishing company, and more. She moved to Junction from New York City in 2011 to be closer to family and experience the unique charms and challenges of small-town life. After nearly six years as secretary for the Junction Police Department, Carol is now officially “retired” and has a passion for finding the common ground among those with differing backgrounds and perspectives.
Marlene is a recent transplant from the Pacific Northwest, where she was a co-owner of a weatherization company for 13 years and co-managed a bookstore for a junior college for 14 years. She enjoys quilting, needlework, and paper crafts, and is very interested in the environment and the impact on our future generations.
Kim moved to Junction in 2017 from Alabama to help her grandparents and works at Junction National Bank. Kim's grandparents have owned property in the Kimble County area since 1958, and growing up she spent her childhood summers and vacations in Kimble and Sutton County. She previously worked as an attorney in Alabama for over 15 years and served 8 years on the Shoals CASA board serving on behalf of abused and neglected children. Junction has been a constant in Kim's life and she hopes her service on the EDC assists in improving business development in the area.
Doug moved to Kimble County late in the summer of 2005 to coordinate operations at the Junction office of Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Serving the Co-op’s members for over 36 years, he began his career in underground distribution design, and currently serves as the Director of District Operations for the Junction district. A member of the First United Methodist Church, Doug participates in the choir and is an active participant in Parent University. In addition to his service on the EDC, he also currently serves on the City of Junction Planning and Zoning Commission. His interests include, among other things, his three grandsons, and relaxing on the bank of the Johnson Fork creek.
Hal has been an attorney and business owner/operator for almost 30 years. Prior to moving back to Kimble County, he spent 25 years practicing law and managing businesses out of the Dallas area with a US and international scope. He has over 25 years’ experience in launching and re-building businesses, business operations, technology commercialization, business development and investment in numerous industries. He has been and is involved as a mentor and investor in business startup accelerator and incubator programs in Texas. He has a strong commitment to the community and economic development of the area and in addition to the EDC is involved in the Kimble County Appraisal Board, Chamber of Commerce, and Hill Country Fair Association among other local organizations.
Vinetta Sanders, Office Manager
Vinetta moved to Junction in 2013 with her husband and two children. She quickly became involved in many different organizations in town, including Kimble County Library board, Lions Club, Kimble County Youth Show board and volunteering at Junction Elementary School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and her previous work included being a mental health caseworker, probation officer, and a victim’s services coordinator. She also stays busy keeping up with her kids’ school activities and sports, helping her husband with woodworking projects and spending time on the Llano River.