The Community of Miles will be honored with the “Community Achievement Award” at the 24th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, October 25, at the Abilene Convention Center.

The Community of Miles will be honored with the “Community Achievement Award” at the 24th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, October 25, at the Abilene Convention Center.

According to TMCN President Kenneth Williams, Hamlin Alderman, “the award was developed as a way to encourage cities of all sizes in the region to be better prepared for future growth and economic development programs.”

Criteria to qualify for the award include vision, pride, youth involvement, endorsement from business community, connectivity and assessment. The award provides a 3-year designation period.

Through the local efforts of the Miles Economic Development Corporation President Cherry Kasberg an application for the award was submitted in August which detailed Miles’ community-wide plan (vision), beautification efforts (pride), student participation on local projects (youth involvement), support from local businesses (endorsement from business community) and website (connectivity). When applications are received by the TMCN office, individuals from neighboring communities in the region are invited to visit the city to conduct a windshield tour of what a visitor sees and experiences when they come to town. Information from the windshield tour is provided to local leaders.

The Community Achievement Award will be presented during conference luncheon ceremonies. The Community of Achievement is a 3-year designation and qualifies the community to apply for the competitive All-Star Community Award, which provides $2,500 cash to be used for a local project.

TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Jacksboro, Jayton, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Saba, Santa Anna, Seymour, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.

Texas Midwest Community Network strives to provide the resources and awareness for its members to achieve economic and community growth. The vision of this one-of-a-kind regional organization is communities working together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone. For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network visit www.tmcn.org or find them on Facebook at TexasMidwest.