David Hawes

A Mineral Wells native, David Hawes is the managing partner of Hawes Hill & Associates LLP, of Houston.

It’s official. Mineral Wells now has an economic development director under the City Hall roof.

Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday approved a professional services agreement with Houston-based Hawes Hill & Associates, and a principal partner and Mineral Wells naive and current resident David Hawes, to build from the ground up the office of economic development in the city.

The agreement is for one year with three one-year renewal options. In serving as interim economic developer, the city will pay Hawes and the firm $3,500 a month – a rate discounted by Hawes – plus expenses.

The professional services agreement between the City of Mineral Wells and Hawes Hill & Associates to provide economic development services.

Hawes and his firm – which previously provided consulting services to the city to examine economic development initiatives in the city and propose new model going forward – have already been working behind the scenes on some of the initial steps required for the new urban planning and development role.

The agreement identifies tasks to be completed by Hawes, the first being creation of a new Economic Development Board of Directors and identifying the role and duties of a permanent economic development director, and help in securing that individual in the future.

A second set of tasks will be provided by the firm without charge to the city, though the city will pick up associated costs related to completion of an Opportunity Zone Prospectus for the City of Mineral Wells to help attract economic investors. The Hawes firm will also conduct a local training and information seminar and develop a Chapter 380 policy and process.

Hawes said his tenure as interim economic development director he will spend at least two weeks a month in Mineral Wells.

Currently the general manager and editor for the Mineral Wells Index, I have worked as a writer/editor/photojournalist since the late 1980s.