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Community Leaders Attend REVUP Planning Council

Last Monday night, about two dozen of Lee County’s community leaders attended a REV- UP ( Regional Economic Revitalization and Utilization Planning) Council meeting to discuss ideas for stabilizing our local and regional economy.

The REV- UP council was organized in 2009 following Alcoa’s announcement to close most of the operations at their Rockdale plant. Monday’s meeting was to get input and to identify innovative solutions to stabilize economies after the Alcoa and subsequent feeder industry closures.

Using a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, the council was organized, bringing together leaders, including high-level staff and elected officials from seven counties’ Councils of Governments and Texas Workforce Boards in Lee, Milam, Burleson, Bell, Brazos, Robertson and Williamson counties.

Working with TIP Strategies, Inc. a third party consultant, the group has been meeting over the past year and will have one more community meeting before finalizing their strategies and looking for funding to implement their plans.

The next meeting will be held at the Taylor Library on Tuesday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone who missed Monday’s meeting in Giddings is invited to attend this very informative and interesting panel. Ideas are needed from all walks of life and may be used in the final plans to develop programs to meet the needs of local employers and workforce.

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