MILES - The Texas Midwest Community Network held their first Quadrant Meeting of 2018 in Miles on Feb. 1.

MILES - The Texas Midwest Community Network held their first Quadrant Meeting of 2018 in Miles on Feb. 1.

The topic of the meeting asked the question "Is Your Town One Visitors Want to Come to or Even Move To?"

Chandra Eggemeyer, Regional Field Staff with the Texas Department of Agriculture, discussed the age old question of which comes first, community development or economic development and why it's important to look at both aspects when addressing our own specific communities.

She further stressed the effectiveness of code enforcement, connectivity and not dwelling on what isn't there but rather deciding what you want to be and going for it. One intriguing example was the tiny house movement and how the community of Spur has capitalized on the movement. Over the last several years, 60-plus lots have been sold, 11- plus new homes have been built and close to 40 new residents now call Spur home.

Eggemeyer also provided information on the various program available through TDA to help young farmers and ranchers, attract and retain business, expand and improve public infrastructure and secure quality healthcare.

The meeting also included a wonderful presentation by local historian Jane Jeschke on the history of Miles and the ongoing community development efforts bringing success and vitality to the community.

Many thanks to local organizers Cherry Kasberg, Miles EDC President, and Lynn Granzin, EDC Director, for organizing the meeting and Vanessa Peaslee, owner of Los Carlos Restaurant, for hosting and providing the delicious lunch.