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Bandera EDC seeks community input

The Bandera Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) Fiscal Year 2020 is under way.

The last three years have been an overwhelming success. Yes, it is true, like many changes and new ways to approach issues, there definitely were and are lessons to be learned, and now we regroup.

We kicked off the fiscal year with a “Bandera EDC Workshop with the Merchants” at City Hall on Oct. 17. Items discussed were a recent “Creating a Destination Tourist Attraction” workshop some local merchants attended in Kerrville, “What is the BEDC,” “Cohesive promotions of our Bandera” and ideas from the room.

It was a bit of an aggressive list to tackle, and we only touched on each topics because only 15 minutes were allocated to each. We did a great job and were out two minutes shy of an hour, leaving a lot for future discussions.

I, personally, look forward to us taking the information into our first regular meeting (Thursday, Oct. 24, City Hall, 6:30 p.m.) to discuss which ideas we can support and how.

Thank you again to all that attended, and I hope it encourages more community involvement.

As a board, we have made conscious efforts to discuss each approach, decision and result openly and honestly at our meetings, which are 6:30 p.m. every fourth Thursday at City Hall.

You can find out more about the BEDC at our webpage on the City of Bandera website (direct link is or email any questions or concerns (direct email Board members’ contact information is on the webpage, if you would like to touch base directly.

As you may know, BEDC is funded by 0.005% (one-half of one percent) sales and use tax on all taxable goods sold within the Bandera City Limits, and our focus is the economic development within the City of Bandera.

It is important to know the BEDC welcomes any and all with investments in Bandera City and county to attend meetings and workshops because we do have some things that we are allowed to support in the county, and I look forward to considering all opportunities.

Toni Kunz Bandera EDC president