Bi-Monthly Newsletter Volume 9, Issue III March 2009 Partners Pontiac, Buick, GMC has Cuero goes Hollywood… added Chevrolet to their name. or at least prepares for it! Partners, owned and operated locally by Media industries in Texas spent almost $345,000,000 in the Holcomb Family, purchased Farris 2007. Nearly 12,600 permanent jobs and 5,300 temporary Chevrolet. The combined employment is jobs were created in 2007. The Texas Film Commission at 20. Now the services and sales are would like to see more rural communities benefit from located at their 1506 North Esplanade those numbers. As a way to help, they have partnered with location. The former Farris Chevrolet the Texas Leadership Institute to present the Film Friendly Dealership property on North Broadway is Texas training program. currently for sale. Film Friendly Texas teaches communities how to effec- tively work with on-location filming, and help market their This move came in part by a push from resources to this industry. The program involved a one-day General Motors to combine dealerships training class that Shelley Pennell, Executive Director, across the country. Partners is able to Cuero Development Corporation and Kay Lapp, Executive service all GM brands. Their number is Director, Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, took this 361-275-3311. past summer. Fun After Five—Courtyard Gallery The Cuero City Council then passed a film policy that February 12, 2009 helps protect city property while at the same time shows Folks sat outside in the courtyard at the back filmmakers that Cuero is welcoming of these type projects. of Courtyard Gallery on North Esplanade and Any projects filmed on private property would be enjoyed music, drinks, food, and fun. negotiated without city involvement between owner and film company. The next Fun After Five will be April 2nd. It will be sponsored by TrustTexas and Carol Pirie, Deputy Director, Texas Film Commission Ful-o-Pep and will be held at Ful-o-Pep came to Cuero in October. She took pictures and generally Ranch and Garden. got a feel for the community! This is important for the next time a location scout calls looking for a location to If you are not on the Chamber of Commerce film in Texas. Also, Cuero has been added to the Texas and Agriculture’s email list, give them a call Film Commission’s website. and get signed up to be notified of these fun, informative events! Speak to executive assis- In February Shelley Pennell picked up the certificate, tant Ronii Diaz at 361-275-2112 or send them designating Cuero as a Film Friendly Community signed an email at email@example.com. by Governor Rick Perry. CDC MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Cuero Development Corporation is to promote, develop and enhance economic and community development. 207 E. Main Street www.cuerodc.com 361-275-8178 Phone V O LU M E 9 , ISSU E III “T HE C D C NE WSLE T TE R ” PAGE 2 Cuero’s Downtown Development is looking up...literally. There are three projects underway to convert the second floor of a historic downtown building into living space. Red and Mari Miller, Beverly Breaux, and Helen Davis are hard at work renovating the upstairs space of their respec- tive buildings. Each has a business downstairs that makes their commute a breeze! Red and Mari Miller own a custom woodworking business. They design and build kitchen cabinetry and fur- niture with quality in mind. Their building on East Main Street formerly housed the Stratton Health Clinic upstairs and a jewelry store, law office and barbershop downstairs. They are doing the work themselves at nights and on weekends as time permits. Taking things at their own pace they’ve enjoyed the experience of living and working at the same location. Beverly and Barry Breaux own LaFemme Boutique. They have an array of women’s apparel, jewelry, shoes, candles, and home décor. In addition, they have tanning beds at the rear of the store. The upstairs was not used as living space so the Breaux’s started from scratch. It was supposed to be a stop-gap between their house that had sold and their plans to build in the country. However, it has turned into a magnificent loft-style space that they can’t imagine leaving. Helen Davis always thought about living in a downtown area. She made that a reality when she moved into her East Main Street building. She also is starting from scratch and currently is working on removing plaster to expose the brick and plans to install exposed electrical wiring, thus turning the 1,920 sq. ft. upper floor into a great studio-style living space. Helen is an artist that works in all mediums. She specializes in stained glass and creating beautiful antler lamps. Cuero Community Hospital Expansion Project Continues Last year the Hospital started a $5 million renovation project. It included 9,400 sq. ft. of new construction and 4,400 sq ft of renovation work. Also, there will be an expansion of the physical therapy and outpatient clinic and expansion of the rear parking area. Finally, it includes a new access road connecting the rear park- ing lot to N. Esplanade. After project completion, the physical therapy area will almost be double in size. As well, it will extend the outpatient clinic to accommodate additional specialty physicians. Also, coming up in April is the DeWitt Medical Foundation High Hopes Gala VII. Mark your calendars for this exciting fundraiser. Gala VII High Hopes—April 25, 2009 The Gala will take place at “Rancho Pancho”, owned by Linda and Lawrence Anzaldua. All proceeds will go towards a new Digital Mammography System for the Cuero Community Hospital which will help provide enhanced mammography results, utilizing the latest proven technology in the fight against breast cancer. Call Nikki Apodackis at 361-275-0511 for information on sponsorships, tickets, and the raffle drawing. This newsletter is printed on 100% recycled paper. Please help us con- serve paper and sign up to receive the CDC Newsletter by e-mail at www.cuerodc.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. To stop receiving the CDC Newsletter call 361-275-8178 or email email@example.com.