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MEMPHIS – Only 40.5% of Hall County residents have filled out the census.
“It’s very important to know how many people live out here,” said Memphis Mayor Joe Davis. “It’s very important to be counted. We need the money.”
Davis encourages residents to fill out the census, so the town will get the right amount of funding for its schools, highways, firefighters and more. Hall County’s 40.5% rate of filling out the census lags behind the State of Texas, which is 57.8%.
According to the Texas Demographic Center, 46.7% of Hall County residents filled out the census in 2010.
Davis added that Memphis officials are trying to ‘Make Memphis Great Again’. There is a new board of directors for the Economic Development Board: Kathy Fowler, Kevin Huddleston, Nathan Smith, Jana Gonzalez and Sarah Cook. Smith comes to Memphis via Canadian, Davis said.
“Nathan has lots of good ideas and practical experience,” he explained. “The rest of the board members, three born in Memphis and one here for over 20 years, bring lots of enthusiasm and a desire to ‘Make Memphis Great Again’.”
Their newest way to promote the Memphis community can be seen on Highway 287. They have two billboards entering Estelline and south of Hedley, Davis said.
“We’re driving traffic and interest to the Chamber of Commerce website at MemphisTexasChamber.com,” Davis said. “We really have a lot to talk about and see here.”
Memphis Chamber of Commerce Manager Kim Cloyd said she feels blessed that the Economic Development Corporation helped with the purchase of a new Chamber Business sign too.
“The sign design made by Allen Murdock (Lone Wolf Graphix) blends with the new City of Memphis billboards on Highway 287,” Cloyd said. “The Chamber thanks the City of Memphis and the EDC Board for helping us help Memphis!”