Jimmy Gosdin, a local resident and property owner, had an idea to improve communication in the Glen Rose and Somervell community.
Eight weeks ago, his idea came to life when a group of local dignitaries and business owners began meeting to discuss ideas and improve communication.
“I invited a select few to start with,” he said. “The reason why is I knew what I had in my mind. I wanted some other people to have input so I invited key people. We put our heads together and wrote a mission statement.”
The Glen Rose/Somervell County Networking Group met recently and established a vision, mission statement and values.
The group’s vision is “to serve as a think tank for improving communication for the area’s private and public sectors in assisting the development of a strong, vibrant and sustainable local economy.”
Public involvement has also been opened up recently, allowing any member of the community to attend the meetings.
“Anybody who wishes to attend may,” Gosdin said. “This is not an organization that has any money or dues or fees. It is simply a community organization for better communication and corporation among local entities.”
Gosdin said the meetings, which are held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, are structured so that every organization with a representative has a chance to speak.
“We will ask at each meeting if anybody has anything to report. If they do they can talk about what their organization is doing,” he said. “A lot of times it prevents overlapping with projects. Schedules will be coordinated and we can bring more tourism to the city.”
The organization is not affiliated with the county or the city, but it would like to be able to present both entities with projects that are discussed among its members such as signage.
One major project the group is working on is coordinating a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in the area. The event is tentatively scheduled for October and will be coordinated around other annual events such as a bike ride and a fall festival in order to drive tourism.
Gosdin said this is just a stepping stone for developing the community’s potential.
“It is a think tank for people to bring their ideas forward and develop them so they can become a reality,” he said.