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  1. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Texas Rural Internship Program 2013 Lindsey Bushnell

  2. BACKGROUND Sachse, Texas Attended Garland Senior High School Class of 2009 Population ~ 20,000 people Attending Sam Houston State University Major: Interdisciplinary Agriculture Minor: Secondary Education Graduating December 2013 Two hours South East of Nocona

  3. THE CITY • What you may NOT know • The population has declined since the 2000 census • The ball glove factory is currently in the original Nocona boot factory • Lake Nocona is only 49% full • The dairy Queen has unlimited coffee for $0.50 • The Mayor’s BBQ restaurant's most famous dish is the Bowl of Crap. • Time’s forgotten steak house has been featured on the travel channel • What you may know • Population of 3,003 • Several leather good manufacturers • Main street revitalization • Lake Nocona • Nocona Dairy Queen • Mayor’s BBQ • Horton’s classic car museum • Tails and Trails museum

  4. Project • Nocona children are stuck in a summer time rut SO • How can we improve what we have OR • What can we build for future generations

  5. PROJECT FOCUS • Gather a team of un-like-minded Nocona residents • Gather information on current situation • Compare and Contrast surrounding attractions • Research payment options • Create a survey to gather opinions • Compile opinions

  6. SURVEY FOCUS Questions Asked Most Common Answers EDC or City Employees Donations or Grants Event Center Used year round Presently In 2-3 years Boot factory Determine exactly what and where to build By offering more attractions • Who: • Will own it • Will Maintain it • Will pay for it • What: • Is it • Could it be • When: • Would it start • Would it be complete • Where: • Would it be located • How: • Can we begin • Can a small town be competitive

  7. WHERE TO NOW? • Event Center vs. Internet Café • Decide Who Will Own It • Tell the town • Gather Funds • Fundraisers • Events • Private Donations • Commence Building!

  8. PICTURES IN MONTAGUE COUNTY Nocona Rotary Club Texas Senator Craig Estes Times Forgotten Steak House The Reynolds's Bungalow Rent Home Horton’s Classic Car Museum

  9. PICTURES ON TRAVELS Touring the Capital Walking around Austin Dinner Trip to Oklahoma My Future Office! Bob Bullock Museum

  10. LESSONS LEARNED • There IS something to do! • Events are happening CONSTANTLY • An FFA Chapter here could have their hand in every jar • People will know you • You won’t know all of them • You will miss everyone • And you can always come back. It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later