Cuero economic development director resigns

Sonny Long

June 9, 2010 at 1:09 a.m.

CUERO - Shelley South Pennell, executive director of the Cuero Development Corporation since March 2006, has resigned.

Pennell, who submitted her resignation to the board of directors at the end of May, has been accepted to law school at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston.

"My time at CDC has been a wonderful experience," said Pennell, 29. "Cuero is an awesome community that works very hard to support economic development. This is an amazing community that will continue to draw and take advantage of talented individuals."

Charles Papacek, president of the corporation's board of directors, praised Pennell.

"The Cuero Development Corporation board of directors is very proud of Shelley and congratulates her on her many accomplishments," he said. "She was an asset to our organization and provided tremendous leadership. She will be missed, and we wish her the best."

Pennell thought the corporation made great strides during her tenure, she said.

She was especially proud of Cuero's designations as a Certified Retirement Community and one of America's Coolest Small Towns as well as the becoming part of the Texas Inland Paddling Trail.

Job creation was always at the forefront the corporation's mission, she said, citing the recruitment of SIPCO-Mechanical Linkage Solutions to Cuero.

"It will bring over 100 jobs to our economy, increase our tax-base and provide opportunities for our citizens," Pennell said.

Pennell also noted her pride in new programs like the façade improvement grant and the continuation of programs such as the small business loan program which has loaned more than $400,000 to local businesses.



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