Two board members chosen for Stark Development board

On Tuesday, June 6, the Stark Development Corp. held its board of directors meeting where they officially welcomed two new members to complete their numbers and to better serve the Dickinson business community.

The board meeting was held through Zoom with a bit of mild distortion in audio and video. The board approved May’s financial report and they also discussed current concerns, such as the completion of the 2020 Census, with the county completion being stagnant at 62%; and they unanimously chose Casey King and Stephen Easton as members to represent the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Dickinson State University, respectively.

There were two seats on the 18-member board open with the resignation of Katie Culver-Marsh and departure of DSU former president, Thomas Mitzel.

At the previous board meeting, May 19, it was decided to ask the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce for a nominee for their vacant representative seat and to have Ryan Jilek, Stark Development Corp. executive vice president, extend an invitation to Easton at DSU regarding the open position.

On June 12, Christina Jorgensen of the chamber wrote to Jilek with their nomination of King.


“As such I recommend Casey King to fill this role on the SDC Board and would appreciate his consideration for that position,” Jorgensen wrote. “He is dependable, involved and outspoken about what he believes is best for Dickinson. Casey will be an asset to your organization.”

King is serving his first year on the chamber's board and is a member of the chamber Ambassadors Committee. He has also served on other committees in the community.

“As our community evolves so do the goals and priorities for our organization. My board has been very receptive to new ideas, programs and incentives to assist in working towards those goals.” Jilek said. “ We have made very good progress towards some of those goals and we have had many valuable discussions with past, current and future clients.”

Stark Development Corp. also welcomed their newest member, Lil Fish Childcare.

“Child care is an ever-present need for the community and as a result, my board has made another important step today by approving a project that will add an additional 21 childcare openings,” Jilek said.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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