Don Denbow

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News from the Mayor Archive

Nov 29

December Economic Development Partnership Meeting

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM by Erica Stubbs

The next Economic Development Partnership Meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
December 4, 2018, 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

Discussion of Future Topics
Nov 15

Local Places to Volunteer, Donate, and Help out

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM by Erica Stubbs

It seems this time of year has greater needs than we have days to give to service organizations and volunteer efforts. If this sounds familiar, you may want to take a look at this list of businesses and efforts that could use your time, your talent, or your resources, and not just at the holiday season, but year-round.

Consider volunteering
 
Two places that may not quickly come to mind is the Corsicana Public Library and the Corsicana Visitor Center. The Library has many ways to get involved. You can assist with computers, help out with large programs for children, shelve books, help set up for crafts and décor, join the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY, work in The Next Chapter Bookstore, or provide financial resources for an event.

Just as often as travelers stop into the Visitor Center for maps, brochures and directions, they ask questions about history. The Center needs volunteers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people, have great interpersonal skills and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Corsicana’s history with visitors from around the world.

Helping students

A personal favorite of mine, the Corsicana Education Foundation’s efforts to raise funds give back to the students and staff at Corsicana ISD through innovative teaching grants, student and staff incentives and recognition programs. No amount is too small. And through VOICE, Inc., students learn about health and wellness, drug prevention, have a safe place to spend some summer days and can apply for college scholarship funds, among other vital programs available through the organization. YE, Corsicana High School’s Youth Entrepreneur program, is developing tomorrow’s business leaders. Local business owners can invest in this program with their time and talent, and will reap the benefits years to come with our future workforce.

Donating food, clothing and more

If you are an empty nester who misses the days when the whole family would gather around for the holidays, Mosaic might be the volunteer effort you are looking for. Mosaic is a national faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. Many of the people they serve attend their Day Center and return home, but some reside in group homes here. For those folks, Mosaic provides a family atmosphere including holiday meals. From an Easter meal for four to a Thanksgiving dinner for forty, Mosaic is humbly grateful for anything you can provide, and they will make arrangements to pick up your cooked meal. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center is holding a holiday bake sale on Wednesday, November 21 to raise money for their scholarship fund. The timing is just right to bake an extra dessert to donate or stop by and purchase an item to go with your Mosaic meal donation.

While Mosaic’s clients receive some financial assistance, it’s never enough to take care of their needs. Some things people forget about is high cost of personal hygiene items, underwear and socks we don’t think twice about. The next time you are shopping, buy a few extra items to donate to Mosaic.

Compassion Corsicana is a ministry serving all of Navarro County with Family Services, a Life Recovery Center, House of Refuge Center and of course, the Navarro County Food Pantry. Their new resale store in Downtown generates funds from donated items to support their programs. Please consider donating used clothing, furniture, housewares and home electronics to their store, as well as volunteering. Volunteers provide teaching and mentorship, sales floor merchandising, meal preparation and serving, and transportation. Your organization may volunteer as a group for a specific time period, and you can donate on their website for a one-time donation or a recurring donation.

A little from each of us makes a difference

We’ll soon hear the bell ringers at store entrances. Please consider donating on the way in, and on the way out, dropping your change into the red bucket. The Salvation Army of Corsicana does many great things for our community that are easy to overlook. Join Friends of the Army and change lives every month, or consider a one-time donation this holiday season--$2.37 will feed one person a hot meal.

Support local businesses

Think twice before leaving town with your Christmas gift list. Business owners invest heavily in our city and they depend on all of us to support them. In doing so, we are also investing in our city, because for every $100 spent locally, $45 is spent again here, compared to only $14 reinvested when spent in a big box store. Instead of shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, make plans to shop on Saturday, November 24 during Small Business Saturday. More than 40 businesses are planning special events, discounts and activities to encourage us to shop small.

Corsicana Public Library – 903-654-4810
Corsicana Visitor Center – 903-654-4840
Mosaic Corsicana – 903-874-3364
Martin Luther King Jr. Center – 903-467-7156
VOICE, Inc. – 903-872-0180
Corsicana Independent School District – 903-874-7411
Compassion Corsicana – 903-874-4971
The Salvation Army of Corsicana – 903-874-7131
Nov 01

Recent Events in Corsicana

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 3:13 PM by Erica Stubbs

In the span of seven days my Mayoral calendar included more than a dozen official meetings, work sessions, events, dedications, presentations and city happenings. I’m not complaining – I am actually bragging about Corsicana. When we hear people complain that “there’s nothing going on in town”, I wonder if we live in the same place. Here are just a few of the recent activities:

The City Council confirmed the City’s new Economic Development Director, John Boswell, who brings extensive economic development experience from San Marcos, Sherman, and Panda Power Funds. He and his wife Lesa will be settling here permanently in the near future.

The Downtown Main Street program supported a local business with its new name, Square Root, by relocating the Visitor Center Pumpkin Patch to their location on Main Street. The rain delayed the CTX Kids Night Out and it’s rescheduled to this Thursday, October 25 (5 to 7 pm).

I presented an official Key to the City to movie actor, producer and director Will Wallace, who, through Police Chief Robert Johnson, helped spur a new industry – motion picture films – to Corsicana, along with a large economic impact. Will’s project “Warning Shot” premiered here just a few weeks ago and on October 18 his film FAZ had the first viewing in Corsicana before opening in multiple locations.

City leaders and sponsors unveiled the latest bronze statue last week, Wolf Brand Chili, at 5th Avenue and Beaton Streets, the precise spot where 12-year-old Lyman Davis sold chili for 5 cents a bowl.

On the same day, Ofeigur Sigurosson, one of the 100W artists in residence who wrote a best-selling book while staying here from Iceland, had an official reading in Dallas at the Deep Vellum Bookstore.

Corsicana is always “on” somewhere in town with performances at The Opry, Outside the Lines Improv, Warehouse Living Arts Theater and the Palace Theatre, not to mention Friday Night Lights at Tiger Stadium. The 38th Annual Piecemakers’ Quilt Show with more than 100 quilts on display this month continues through Friday at 12 noon at the Warehouse.

Downtown businesses will once again create a safe place for Trick-or-Treating with the Boo on the Block event October 31 and a list of events for the upcoming holidays is extensive and is on display around downtown. And Downtown’s Mimosas at the Market continues to bring friends together, even on a day with a tornado warning!

The upcoming holiday calendar is filling fast. Make plans to join me at one of the many events in town this season, and let me know any suggestions you may have on more to see and do. My e-mail address is ddenbow@ci.corsicana.tx.us.