A lot of Haltom City business owners live in other places and making a move like Kennedale has is a way to tap into their ideas to attract more small businesses to Haltom City.
—Ron Sturgeon, HUBA
HALTOM CITY, TX, March 03, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) would like to see Haltom City take proactive steps to create a relationship with its business community, communicate and collaborate with them, and — as was recently done in neighboring Kennedale — add them as non-voting members to its Economic Development committees to use the brain power associated with its land and business owners who live in other parts of Tarrant County.
As part of Kennedale’s efforts to increase transparency and promote economic development, Councilperson Jan Joplin (Place 2) proposed a resolution to amend the corporation’s bylaws to create two new members of the board. The resolution was passed by the City Council in November 2021, and the additions will bring the total membership of the Economic Development Corporation’s board to nine. The two new non-voting members must own a business or property in Kennedale and must reside in Tarrant County. “There are people who own businesses here that don’t live here that want to serve and have ideas to contribute to our effort to attract more new small businesses to our community and to help existing businesses grow and thrive,” said Joplin.
The Haltom United Business Alliance would like to see similar steps taken in Haltom City. HUBA has long held that creative strategies and a transparent process are needed in Haltom City to foster economic development and benefit residents and business owners alike.
Said HUBA member Ron Sturgeon, “A lot of Haltom City business owners live in other places and making a move like Kennedale has done is a great way to tap into their ideas and insights to attract more small businesses to Haltom City,” said Sturgeon. Such an initiative would have zero downside for the city because the members can’t vote, he added.
About Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA)
HUBA is a group of business owners dedicated to representing existing business interests in Haltom City while promoting the growth of diverse businesses as well. HUBA recognizes that effective and strategic business growth can create a stronger tax base and will serve to enhance quality of life for residents, city employees, and business owners. All Haltom City business owners are eligible to join HUBA. Dues are $20 annually or $50 for a lifetime membership, and membership is 100% confidential. For more information, contact Joe Palmer at (682) 310-0591 or by email at [email protected] or visit the group’s Facebook Page.
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