Chamber director earns EDC certificate

Brenda Shultz is working to make Fairfield a better place, as well as bring in new residents and retailers. Shultz, who became the economic director for the City of Fairfield about two years ago, recently earned a certification from the Community Development Institute for economic development work.

“If it wasn't for Roy Hill I wouldn't have been confident to do this,” she said.

Currently, Shultz – who is also the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce – is working on new banners, brochures, maps, and more for the city. A new billboard recently went up on I-45 and city employees recently installed five new banners on FM 27 and five on U.S. 84 to “guide people into the city.”

In charge of most city sponsored events, Shultz says she is also actively recruiting retailers to move their businesses into Fairfield. “We are in a prime location with interstate access,” she explained. “Especially with the bigger cities surrounding us like Dallas, Waco, Houston, and Tyler. That's how I try to sell it.”

Big box stores – such as Wal-Mart, Aldi, and H.E.B – look for certain criteria before even considering opening a new location. A population of at least 5,000 inside the city limits is one major point. Hill has been discussing a possible annexation of two outside subdivisions.


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