Here's a quick run-down on the top happenings from the June 19, City Council meeting.

Welcoming New Business

The City of Hutto is proud to announce AEND Industries, Inc. is relocating its operations and headquarters to Hutto. AEND produces high-end polyurethane wheels plans to open the doors on a brand-new 19,200 sq. ft. facility on January 1, 2018.

The company pledges to employ at least 40 people within nine months of beginning operations in Texas, as well as an additional 10 employees within the next five years.

Exploring All The Options

Hutto Law Enforcement Explorer Post #7610 was presented to City Council members for the first time. This impressive group also received an award for going above and beyond in training. The award requires each member to complete 60 hours of law enforcement training, and each of these Explorers completed 128 hours!

Recognized For Development

Director of Economic Development Jessica Bullock presented the annual Economic Excellence Recognition program for 2017 award to the City Council. Hutto’s Economic Development department was recognized based on training taken by their governing board/council as well as the economic development director and professional staff.

Certifications, professional memberships and activities, and organizational effectiveness of the economic development staff also contribute to the standards for qualification. The organizational effectiveness of the staff speaks to the adoption of the City’s strategic plan and economic development policy illustrated by such innovative projects as the Co-Op District and growth in industrial development.

Building A Bigger Sandbox

Local Hutto organization, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place, will be taking possession of the Saul House in the coming months. The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place was born out of tragedy when Madeline Claire Haynes, a Hutto HS student and athlete, who took her life. The shock was devastating to so many around her, as she showed no outward signs of despair.

As a result, the founder of the Sandbox at Madeline’s Place realized that no one truly knows the struggles another may face, and wanted to give kids and teens in Hutto a place to gather and bond. The organization’s motto is “Be Honest. Be Kind. Speak Up,” and their goal is to help teens navigate adolescence more successfully.

More information is available at www.thesandboxatmadelinesplace.org/our-story/.

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