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Tomey steps down as HEDC chairman

By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent

Hondo Economic Development Corporation Chairman James Tomey unexpectedly resigned from his position on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The EDC is a city organization that funds eligible economic development projects with sales tax proceeds.

Tomey had been the chairman of the EDC since 2010 and had overseen the funding of several city projects including the construction of the South Texas Regional Training Center, the recruitment of ST Aviation’s Hondo Aerospace to Hondo’s airport, the building of several new roads, the planning of a multi-use Agriplex and numerous smaller projects.

“I resigned for personal reasons,” said Tomey. “All I will say is some lines were crossed.”

Mayor Jim Danner said he would miss Tomey’s leadership on the EDC but was sympathetic about his decision.

“The EDC has made tremendous progress with economic development here in Hondo under Jim’s tenure as chairman,” he said. “His expertise and leadership has led to those achievements.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Tomey is not happy with some of the directions of the city at the present time,” he added. “I understand that could be the reason he decided to resign.”

Danner said he would consult with current EDC board members before nominating a replacement for Tomey.


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