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News from the Mayor Archive

Feb 15

We're Winners. Let's Win This.

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM by Erica Stubbs

Corsicana, the only town in Texas in the Small Business Revolution competition, is in the final days to win. If you haven’t heard about this movement here which has inspired residents, friends and family to rally around this contest in the most creative and inspiring ways, you’ve been out of the country since November.

Hearing about some of the ways this town is getting the word out to vote – at www.votetexas.us, confirmed for me the true spirit of Corsicana and Navarro County. The examples are numerous, each unique and fantastic. Business people are reaching out to their corporate offices, their bank contacts, their land developer friends, and their state and national connection. Economic developers, librarians, architects, web producers, caterers, transportation experts, front desk clerks – have seen the words Corsicana and Vote in the last week. Anyone can vote, no matter where they live.

Churches are including announcements every week. One with a digital marquee has the message blinking for attention every day. Our landmark business which made Corsicana famous for fruitcakes is beckoning travelers on state freeways to pull in, vote and get a free cookie.

Riders mounted horses for a ceremonial “Vote from the Saddle” event right in Downtown, headed up by our own former Texas Ranger and Henderson County Sheriff, Ray Nutt. Timbers supplied hot coffee, cornbread and more as their part. Parks and Recreation delivered custom-made hitching posts as their welcome to the procession.

Our City Council is working on regional and state government officials to ask everyone for their vote. The request is on the Governor’s desk right now.

Farther from home, those who have connections are using them. Leah Blackard arranged for our hometown celebrity, Terry Fator, to create a wonderful video, because “a vote for Corsicana is a vote for Texas…and for me,” he said.

You can see it here:

https://www.facebook.com/TerryFator/videos/386681078776071/

Robert Johnson has tapped his Hollywood group of directors, producers and stars who are actively posting and asking their followers to vote. Karie Denny’s connections with the photography world has an entire industry thinking about Corsicana in ways they never have. Travel journalists from New Zealand to New York are being asked to vote for Corsicana, a small town in Texas with a big heart, and the artists at 100W are reaching avenues only they can. The examples are as creative and passionate as the people promoting the idea to vote for Corsicana, at www.votetexas.us.

One thing is certain: we as a small city will never be the same again after the competition – win or lose. We have entered into an enlightened time where we value our small businesses, our connections, and our possibility to craft our future how we want it. People around me have been saying that even if we don’t win this competition, we are better off having come together for it. As a lifelong competitor, I see things differently. Texans don’t lose very well, but we are exceptional at winning. Let’s win. Vote now. Voting ends at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday. After that, we’ll start planning our celebration.
Feb 13

It's time to VOTE for Corsicana in the Small Business Revolution Competition

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 11:05 AM by Erica Stubbs

Corsicana is in the running for a TV Series and $500K in revitalization and needs every Texan’s vote.

Corsicana is one week away from winning this year’s Small Business Revolution – Main Street competition for a HULU TV series and an infusion of dollars for small businesses. The town has just one week to rack up enough votes. The good news is, anyone can vote. The great news is, Corsicana is in Texas–and Texans win.

“Texas is in it to win it,” says Karie Denny, Corsicana’s Main Street Director. “A vote for Corsicana is a vote for Texas! The link to vote is: www.votetexas.us.”

Town officials gathered in coffee shops Downtown to watch Amanda Brinkman of Deluxe Corporation and producer/star of Small Business Revolution – Main Street make the announcement from New York City. As soon as the name Corsicana was announced, the town switched gears to get out the vote using www.votetexas.us.

Digital outdoor media began to flash patriotic signs, a text service is sending reminders to vote, students are allowed to use their phones to vote, and friends and family across the country are encouraged to kick up their boots, be a Texan for a week, and VOTE: www.votetexas.us.

Corsicana, located about 50 miles south of Dallas and 50 miles east of Waco, is the birthplace of Texas oil. Its well-preserved historic Downtown, with original brick streets, has become a favorite of artists and creatives in recent years. The Deluxe Corporation originally included Corsicana in their Top 20 because of television viewer nominations. In January, the team visited the city to feel the spirit of the town.

“Businesses here came together to show who we are,” said Denny. “In small towns like this, it’s not just a store front. It’s someone’s life story. If we don’t get enough votes to win the competition, we’ve already won here. We’re Texas proud and Corsicana proud.”

Voting closes Tuesday, February 19 at 9 p.m. EST. Supporters may vote every day.
Jan 31

February Economic Development Partnership Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 11:19 AM by dwhiteley dwhiteley

The next Economic Development Partnership Meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
February 5, 2019, in the Nancy Roberts Meeting Room at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 North 12th Street. Those interested in this economic development cause are invited to participate.


AGENDA

Reports

• Economic Development - John Boswell
• Housing - Aric Bonner
• New Business - Jeff Lyons
• Downtown - Karie Denny
• Marketing Update - Susan Wilson
• Good News - Mayor Don Denbow

Special Topic:

• What is Economic Development? - John Boswell



(A quorum of the City of Corsicana City Council may be in attendance.)