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Community Development Division


Community Development Division

Michael French, Vice Chairman


Goal – Improve quality of life through increased community awareness and enhance educational, recreational, safety, and cultural programs


Public Relations

·      Encourage diversity in membership and chamber activities.

·       Cross promote new websites:  Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and Terrell I.S.D.

·       Collaborate with TISD and other non-profits to update the Community Resource Guide, including a Spanish translation and distribute the guide through the library, police station, chamber, and schools.  Include Community Resource Guide on the website.  Redesign the front cover for 2017


Community Education

·         Support TISD/Share Center Back Pack program.

·         Provide recognition gift for campus Teachers of the Year

·         Continue to support the TISD Career and Technology Program for the City of Terrell and Kaufman County by developing and fostering relationships.  Coordinate with Robert Messer and Peggy Bridges.

·         Continue supporting the Southwestern Christian College Lectureship Series and summer programs. Work on developing activities for attendees that coincide with lectureship series.  Coordinate with Warren Roberts.

·         Support the Kaufman County Livestock Show.

·         Continue to fund four (4) scholarship to Terrell High School seniors. Recognize donors of local scholarships.

·         Support TISD Schools by being a “Box Top for Education” drop-off site.


Government Affairs

·         Participate in Kaufman County Day events in Austin and encourage participation in the TABC breakfast.


Community Affairs

·         Continue to support of the Convention/Conference and Civic Center Committee.

·         Increase work with Small Business Organization in advertising and promotion of Christmas in July and Small Business Saturday.

·         Ensure that advertising efforts for events focus on areas outside of Terrell and include Internet promotions via such as Pandora and Facebook.

·         Continue to support community beautification efforts

·         Support the Downtown Terrell programs.  Ex.: Trick or Treat, Shop Home for the Holidays and the Art Walk. Expand downtown Terrell events to include a music festival or other cultural activities that will draw crowds from outlying areas.

·         Continue after-hours mixers and encourage more support by Chamber members.

·         Support the City of Terrell Veterans Memorial Park.

·         Investigate the creation of a Kaufman County Habitat for Humanity Board.

·         Develop more awareness with Kaufman County Crime Stoppers.

·         Expand holiday events to increase attendance and promote tourism. Consider hosting multiple holiday activities in conjunction with a theme (example – It’s a Wonderful Life or The 12 Days of Christmas).  Consider moving the Christmas parade to Community Development.

·         Offer help to youth sports in Terrell, through providing registration availability.

·         Investigate Summer Youth Program with the City of Terrell

·         Support Santa’s Workshop downtown

·         Consider purchasing billboard space to promote Historic Downtown Terrell

·         Develop lectureship series and other events in conjunction with BFTS fly-in

·         Develop model in conjunction with President’s Club to further honor volunteers.

·         Develop a Living History production in coordination with TISD to give visitors a glimpse at significant events the city’s past. Ex: TSH, development of railroad, creation of bank


Members wishing to participate with the committee directing the Community Development Division should contact:


Michael French

Terrell Independent School District

700 N. Catherine | Terrell, Texas 75160

T: 972-536-7504


Community Development Division Committee:

Jerry Burr, The Front Porch

Albert Rice, Southwestern Christian College

Lisa Washington, My Ideal Body Image

Rudy Bowling. No. 1 BFTS Museum

Dora Trejo, Terrell Chamber Membership Services